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  • 1 Nasrid palaces Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Nasrid palaces, which comprise three sections, are the Alhambra's hidden jewel. The south wall of the Golden Room Patio provides a concise summary of Nasrid art. In the Myrtle Courtyard, admire the imposing crenellated Comares Tower, the Barca Ro..

  • 2 Mirador San Nicolás Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Nicolás

    The view from the terrace of the church of San Nicolás is superb: the red and ochre Alhambra stands out on the lush hill opposite, with the snowy slopes of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. To one side, note the city's new mosque and the Centre of Isl..

  • 3 Alhambra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    With its fascinating architecture, sumptuous gardens and delightful water features, the Alhambra is the embodiment of refinement, where words fail to do justice to this paradise created by the Nasrid princes as the ultimate expression of a civilisati..

  • 4 Granada Charterhouse Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Paseo de la Cartuja 49

    Early 16C Carthusian monastery, its church lavishly decorated with Baroque stucco (1662) and paintings. Of particular note are the Sagrario Chapel, decorated by Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo (18C) and the Sacristy (1727-1764), a masterpiece of Spanish ..

  • 5 Charles V's palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de los Aljibes

    Charles V had this palace built in 1526. Pedro Machuca, a pupil of Michelangelo, created a work of pure classicism, where the simplicity of the design and the harmony of its lines endow it with a majestic beauty. The circular courtyard, one of the su..

  • 6 Generalife Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Magnificent terraced gardens and subtle water features characterise this palace of modest dimensions which is right in front of the Alhambra and was built in 1319. Don't miss the patio of the Acequia around which are arranged the buildings ; the hist..

  • 7 chapel Royale Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    calle Calle Oficios

    A masterpiece of Isabeline Gothic both for the unity of style as well as the richness of its ornamentation, the chapel is by Enrique Egas. Inside, of particular interest is the spectacular Bartolome of Jaén railing which closes off the transept in wh..

  • 8 Granada cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Gran Vía 5

    Although its construction began in 1518 in the centre of the old Muslim Medina, the work lasted almost two centuries. The cathedral was used as a model for Renaissance churches in Spain and Latin America. Inside, note the rich decorated capilla mayor..

  • 9 St Jerome's Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Calle López Argüeta 9

    Its construction began in 1496 and two famous architects worked there, Jacobo Florentino until 1526, then Diego de Siloé. The superb plateresque facade of the church is impressive, but on entry, you will be struck by the richness of the apse which is..

  • 10 Albaicín Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This district, which is quite typical of the town, bears the name of the hill on which it is situated and is a preferred viewpoint over the Alhambra. There the first Arab fortress in Granada was built. Today only the walls remain. Narrow streets inte..

  • 11 Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation Interesting

    Museums and art

    Callejón Niños del Rollo 8

    This foundation commemorates painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta (1886-1941) and archaeologist Manuel Gómez-Moreno (1870-1970). Inside, visitors can see works by the artist and his library; an annexe houses the Gómez-Moreno private collection (Flemis..

  • 12 Museum of the Alhambra Interesting

    Museums and art

    Only Hispano-Moorish works of art are collected here (ceramics, sculpted wood articles, tiled panels and with alicatados, plasterwork, cloth, etc.) which show the prowess of the artists and the craftsmen of that period. Notice the Pila de Almanzor, a..

  • 13 Granada Fine Art museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Entrée à l’étage

    The collections in this museum are made up especially of paintings and sculptures from the 15C to the 20C. The collections from the 15C to the 17C have works of religious inspiration by Sánchez Cotán, Siloé, Alonso Cano and Pedro de Mena. Notice the ..

  • 14 Alcazaba Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This is the oldest part of the Alhambra, an austere fortress surrounded by walls and flanked by towers of which three look over the Citernes square. To the south of the Adarves gardens, you will find a marvellous view over the woods of Alhambra. Insi..

  • 15 El Bañuelo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Carrera del Darro 31

    These traditional 11C Moorish baths are the best preserved in Spain and comprise several rooms (changing room, meeting and massage, bath). They are located opposite the remains of the Puente del Cadí (11C), of which bridge only a part of the tower an..

  • 16 St John of God's church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Calle San Juan de Dios 23

    Built in the first half of the 18C, this was the one of main Baroque churches in Granada. The interior is organized around the design of a Latin cross and has lateral chapels, a raised dome above the crossing of the transept and a coro alto at the en..

  • To the east of the Royal palaces, the attractive gardens, Jardines del Partal (early 20C) go down in terraces towards the towers set in the wall. The Nasrid aristocracy resided in this part, and the towers you can see are, in some cases, real little ..

  • 18 Royal Hospital Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cuesta del Hospicio

    Founded by the Catholic Monarchs at the start of the 16C Enrique Egas was the first to be entrusted with designing this hospital in the form of a cross set in a square with four interior courtyards. Notice the plateresque windows on the first floor o..

  • 19 Sierra Nevada Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Sierra Nevada dominating Granada is Europe's highest mountain range after the Alps. There are no less than 14 peaks rising to over 3 000m, with Mulhacén culminating at 3 482m. Covered in snow and ice for much of the year, the Sierra Nevada has an..

  • 20 The Sacromonte Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Sacromonte hill stands by the side of the Albaicín, opposite the Generalife. This gypsy troglodyte district, partially abandoned, has some caves where Flamenco shows are put on. if you have never had this experience, it's now or never!

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