1 day in Granada: itinerary and tips

What can you do in Granada in a day? In this article we'll be talking about itineraries and tips, as well as the must-see things to do in Granada.
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Discover Granada in a day with this practical guide. Start with the must-see Alhambra, then explore the Albaicín district, stroll along the Paseo de los Tristes, visit the cathedral and the Royal Chapel, and finish with the Alcaicería market and a flamenco show in Sacromonte.

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Granada, the jewel of Andalusia, is a city where history resonates around every corner, where cultures have intermingled to leave an exceptional architectural and cultural legacy. This Andalusian city offers you an unforgettable journey through time. The majestic Alhambra dominates, while the streets of the Albaicín echo with the Moorish past. What can you do in Granada in one day?

In this article, I guide you through the city’s must-sees. A simple itinerary, practical advice and everything you need for a day full of discoveries. Ready to explore Granada?

The must-sees in Granada

The Alhambra

Of course, you can’t talk about Granada without mentioning the Alhambra!

The Alhambra is not just a palace, but a majestic citadel overlooking Granada, offering panoramic views of the city and the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is a palatial complex rich in history. It is also one of the most visited monuments in Europe and Spain.

I’ve written a comprehensive article that delves into the details of this magnificent palace, providing you with all the advice and information you need to prepare for your visit : Visiting the Alhambra.

But remember one thing 👇

Book your ticket for the Alhambra

It’s a good idea to book your entry to the Alhambra in Granada well in advance. It would be a shame to miss out on a visit to this Andalusian gem!

Tip: if you’re thinking of visiting several of Granada’s monuments, you can opt for the Granada City Pass, which includes the Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces, as well as the hop-on/hop-off tourist train (a great way to get an overview of the city) and a English audio guide to the city and the Alhambra!

💡 Guided tour: if you wish, you can also choose to visit the Alhambra accompanied by a English-speaking guide. The price is €45/person and includes the entrance ticket.

Albaicín district

The Albaicín is a fascinating district, a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets lined with whitewashed houses and flower-filled gardens. As you wander around, you’ll discover hidden squares and viewpoints offering spectacular views of the Alhambra. Set aside some time during your day in Granada to wander around this district.

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Paseo de los Tristes

I was going to start this paragraph by saying that this was one of my favourite places in Granada … but in fact, they all are!

The Paseo de los Tristes, officially known as the Paseo del Padre Manjón, is a street that runs alongside the River Darro, offering breathtaking views of the Alhambra. It’s a popular meeting place, bustling with street performers, musicians and café terraces, where you can sit back and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Granada.

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Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel

The cathedral, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, is an imposing and magnificent place of worship. A short walk away, the Royal Chapel, which houses the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, is an art and history museum in itself, offering a glimpse into the period when Granada passed from Muslim rule to Christianity.

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Carmen de los Mártires Gardens

These romantic gardens offer paths through a variety of plants and flowers, fountains and views of the Alhambra and the city.

Sacromonte district

Known for its traditional troglodyte houses and flamenco shows, the Sacromonte district is a vibrant and colourful place. This is where you can really feel the gypsy soul of Granada and enjoy authentic flamenco performances.

The Alcaicería market

The Alcaicería market, formerly a silk market, is a unique place in Granada. Today, it is a series of narrow streets filled with small shops. Wandering around here is like taking a trip to Morocco. The alleyways are brimming with handmade jewellery, exotic spices and traditional textiles. It’s the ideal place to find souvenirs.

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Programme for a one-day visit to Granada

What can you do in Granada in a day? I’ve put together my own programme to help you make the most of your visit to the city.


Start your day with a visit to the Alhambra. Plan to spend around 3 to 4 hours exploring the Nasrid palace, the Generalife gardens and the Alcazaba fortress. And one important reminder: don’t forget to book your tickets at least two months in advance.

After the Alhambra, head for the Albaicín district. Stroll through its narrow streets, discover its hidden squares and admire the views of the Alhambra. You can also take a lunch break here.

Then head back down to the Paseo de los Tristes for a coffee.


Visit the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel to discover Granada’s fascinating history. Then head to the Alcaicería market for some souvenir shopping.


Finish your day in the Sacromonte or Albaicin districts, where you can enjoy an authentic flamenco show.

Book your Flamenco show

💃 Book your place in advance! This show takes place at the Jardines de Zoraya (a beautiful venue, like everything else in Granada), located in the heart of the Albaicín.

Price: €25/adult – €15/child

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Granada is a city rich in history and culture. In just one day, this itinerary allows you to discover the essential sites, from the Alhambra to the Albaicín district, via the Alcaicería market. Each stop offers a unique insight into the city, ensuring a varied and rewarding visit.

Q&A : Grenada in a day

Spring (April to June) and autumn (September and October) are the best times to visit Granada, when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer tourists.

Tickets can be purchased online. We recommend that you book your tickets at least two months in advance.

Plan around 3 to 4 hours for a complete visit of the Alhambra, including the Nasrid palace, the Generalife gardens and the Alcazaba fortress.

Be sure to try some of Granada’s tapas, which are often offered with a drink in many bars.

Granada is a fairly compact city, and many of its attractions are within walking distance. There is also a good bus network, and the little tourist train is a practical option for getting a glimpse of the city.

The Alcaicería market is a great place to find handcrafted souvenirs, spices, textiles and other local items.

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