Granada Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide
Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Beiro, the Darro, the Genil and the Monachil. The stunning Alhambra fortress, which overlooks much of Granada, sits perched high up on the hill and is visible from almost everywhere in the city.
Calle Reyes Católicos and Gran Via de Colón are important thoroughfares in central Granada and intersect at Plaza Isabel La Católica. From here to the south-west is Puerta Real, while in a north-easterly direction lies Plaza Nueva (New Square).
From Plaza Nueva, the Cuestra de Gomerez head up the hill towards La Alhambra, while the district of Albayzin (the traditional Muslim district) snakes up a hill opposite. Many of the historic tourist attractions are located in the Old Quarter (Parte Vieja) and Albayzin district, both of which are known for their plethora of restaurants and endless array of shops.
Other notable areas include include the Realjo & Sacromonte districts, with the latter being known as the Gypsy quarter. Tourist Information Offices can be found on Plaza de Mariana Pineda, Plaza Nueva and Avenida del Generalife.
Granada Free Walking Tour
Granada is a wonderful town, best enjoyed on foot, so here is our Hitch-Hikers Handbook approved Granada free walking tour.
Monument & Sights Guide
Basílica de Nuestra señora de las Angustias
(Basilica of our Lady of the Anxieties)
Monument Type: Basilica
Address: Carrera del Genil, 42
Opening Times: Daily: 12.30 a.m.- 1:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Information: Construction began on Basilica of Angustias in 1617. It has a richly decorated interior and is a very popular church with the local Catholic community. Inside the Basilica there are shelves containing statues of the Apostles by Pedro Duque Cornejo as well as other Baroque period paintings.
Monument type: Palace & Fortress
Opening Times: Oct 16 to Mar 15: Daytime: Mon – Sun: 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket office: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night-time: Fri & Sat: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ticket office: 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Mar 16 to Oct 15: Daytime: Mon – Sun: 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket office: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Night-time: Tue – Sat 10 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Sun & Mon: Closed: Ticket office: 9.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Buying tickets: You can purchase tickets at the door but due to the huge demand and the limited number of visitors every day, we recommend you reserve your tickets in advance. You can do this at any La Caixa cash-point which are common throughout the city.
Tickets: Day Visit There are two different day tickets which include Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Medina and Gardens. Morning ticket: From 8:30 to 14:00. Afternoon ticket: From 14:00 to 18:00, or from 14:00 to 20:00. Night visit: The capacity is restricted (400 persons). Inc. Only Nasrid Palaces
Price: Direct Sales – Day visit: 13 € – Night visit: 8 € – Garden visit: 7 € – EU Students under 26 with valid ID: 9 € EU senior citizens (65+), pensioners 9 € People with disabilities 8 € children under 12 Free Advance Ticket Sales: 18,90 €
Information: The sprawling palace and fortress complex of La Alhambra in Granada, was originally constructed as a military stronghold in 889 and was converted into a Muslim Royal Palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the Reconquista by the Catholic Monarchs, the palace was modified, and added to by subsequent Christian Monarchs, including the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V who constructed the Palace of Charles V within the Alhamabra’s walls. La Alhambra stands at the pinnacle of high Muslim art in Europe and is a sea of columned arcades, gentle running water and reflective pools all designed to combine with the austere and unremarkable exterior to promote the idea of peace and serenity.
Generalife was the summer residence of the Nasrid Emirs of the Emirate of Granada. The gardens were built during the reign of Muhammad III (1302–1309) and renovated by Abu I-Walid Isma’il (1313–1324) and consists of a long, thin pool framed by columns, flowerbeds and pavilions in the style of medieval Persian gardens.
Corral del Carbón
Monument Type: Islamic Merchants’ House and Warehouse
Address: Calle Molino de la Corteza del Carmen
Opening Times: Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Information: The oldest surviving Muslim structure in the city. It was constructed in the 14th century and is the only surviving Islamic Corn exchange on the Iberian Peninsula. Later it was adopted by the Christian conquerors as a play house.
Palació de la Madraza
Monument Type: Madrasah (University)
Address: Calle Oficios
Opening Time: Summer: Mon – Sat: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Winter: Mon – Sat: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m – 7 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Information: Located in the heart of the city, the Madrasah was established in 1349 by Yusef I as a place of learning and is notable for the number of Islamic scholars that passed through its halls. Under the terms of the Treaty of Granada (1491) the university was ceded to the Catholic Monarchs who promptly gave the building away to the new city administrators who turned it into the town hall. Today the building is once again home to students as in 1978 the buildings became part of the University of Granada. The buildings stand out feature, its façade, is inscribed in Arabic of poetry and philosophy.
Catedral de la Anunciación de Granada
Monument Type: Cathedral
Address: Calle Gran Vía de Colón, 5
Opening Times: Mar – Aug: Mon – Sat: 10:45 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sun & Festivals: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sept – Feb: Mon – Sat: 10:45 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sun & Festivals: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: General admission: 4 € EU Students under 26 with valid ID: 2.50 € EU senior citizens (65+) 2.50 € People with disabilities: Free Children under 10 Free
Information: Founded in 1518 on the site of a an ancient Mosque, Granada Cathedral took over 180 years to build and is the result of a blend of both Gothic and Early Renaissance (Plasteresque) styles. Enrique Egas had built the foundations of this new great statement of Christian power in the Gothic style but with his replacement, in 1529 by Diego de Siloé, the building’s nature changed course and became one of the earliest, and most durable examples of Renaissance architecture in all of Spain.
Capilla Real de Granada
(Royal Chapel of Granada)
Monument Type: Mausoleum
Address: Calle Oficios, S/N,
Opening Time: Mar-Aug: Mon – Sat: 10:15 a.m. -1.30 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Sun & Festivals: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Sept-Feb: Mon – Sat: 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Sun & holidays: 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Price:- General admission: 4.50 € EU Students under 26 with valid ID: 2.50 € EU senior citizens (65+) 2.50 € Children under 10 : Free
Information: The Royal Chapel was constructed between 1505 – 1517 to house the remains of the Catholic Monarchs (Spanish: Los Reyes Católicos) Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon. Unfortunately the monarchs died before construction was completed and it was only in the reign of their grandson Charles V that their bodies were finally laid to rest. The Mausoleum continued to grow in size and Royal inhabitants until Philip II removed the majority to his newly built Escorial just outside Madrid. Originally entrance to the Mausoleum was obtained through the Cathedral but now you must go to Calle Oficios.
What is it? Town Square
Where is it? Beneath the Alambra and at the foot of El Albayzín
Information: The oldest and most important square in Granada and contains many important buildings including the Royal Chancellery (Real Chancilleria), the House of Pisa (Casa de Los Pisa), and the Church of Santa Ana on the east side of the square. Today it is the centre of the city’s nightlife with a plethora of bars and nightclubs.
Carrera del Darro
What is it? Promenade
Where is it? On the left bank of the River Darro
Information: one of the nicest walks in Granada, the street can trace its history to the 16th Century due to the explosion of an ammunition dump, leading to a redesigned and thus widening of the promenade.
El Bañuelo / Baños de Nogal
Monument Type: Arab baths
Address: Carrera del Darro 31
Opening Times: Tue – Sat: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Information: Located at the foot of La Alhambra, these Arabic baths were constructed in the 11th Century and are the best preserved and oldest example of its kind in Spain. The baths would have been a great communal building during the Muslim period and were only saved from destruction after the Reconquista because a private property was built on top of the vault. The ingenious use of star-shaped in the vaults allows light to enter the space and the fumes to exit and lighten its weight.
What is it? District of Granada
Where is it? On the hill facing Alhambra
Information: El Albaycin is a warren of winding streets maintaining its medieval Moorish past and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Mirador de San Nicolás, “El Bañuelo” the Arabic baths complex, and the church of San Salvador.
Mirador de San Nicolás
(St. Nicholas Viewing Point)
What is it?: Viewing platform
Where is it?: Plaza de San Nicolás
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
(St. Domingo Church)
Monument type: Church
Address: Callejón de las Campanas 0
Opening Times: Hours of worship. Mon – Sat: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Information: St. Dominic´s Church is a mixture of several styles: Baroque, Gothic and late Renaissance. Interesting features include the arched portico outside the church’s entrance with the initials of Ferdinand and Isabella, their shield, the Emperor and the motto ‘Tanto Monta’ in the centre. Above the porch two arches are highly decorated with scenes of Isabella and Ferdinand’s victories.
written by: Jon