Alhambra & Generalife
Calle Real s/n.
Opening hours: Summer (1/4 – 31/10). Monday – Sunday, 8.30 – 20.00.
Winter (1/11 – 31/3). Monday – Sunday, 8.30 – 18.00.
Alhambra was build by the Nazaris in 1238 as a fortress and residential area. It was constructed on the hilltop Sierra Elvira in Granada as a small town with beautiful gardens and decorations. The Generalife palace was constructed in the 14th century next to Alhambra as resident for the Nazari Monarchs. The palace is full of incredible Moorish architecture, sculptures and gardens.
Gran Vía 5.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 10.30 – 13.30 and 16.00 – 19.00, Sundays, 16.00 – 19.00.
The construction of the cathedral of Granada was ordered by the catholic kings in 1503 shortly after conquering the town from the Moors. The cathedral was designed by the architect San Juan Evangelista in a mixture between Gothic and Renaissance styles. The catholic kings were later in 1521 buried in the royal chapel in the Cathedral.
Opening hours: Summer (1/4 – 1/10). Monday – Saturday, 10.30 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 19.00, Sundays, 11.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 19.00.
Winter (1/11 – 31/3). Monday – Saturday, 10.30 – 13.00 and 15.30 – 18.30. Sundays, 11.00 – 13.00 and 15.30 – 18.30.
The royal chapel is situated on the northern front of the Cathedral and was build in the same period. Apart from the great royal chapel with the tombs of the catholic kings the chapel also hosts a museum with paintings of Van der Weyden and the crown of Isabel and the sword of Fernando (the catholic kings).
El Bañuelo (Arab Baths)
Carrera del Darro 31.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 – 14.00.
El Bañuelo is an Arab bathhouse from the 11th century and one of the oldest surviving Arab bathes in Spain.
El Corral del Carbón
Mariana Pineda 12.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9.00 – 19.00, Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 – 14.00.
El Corral del Carbón is a Moorish building from the 14th century, which once suited as a storage and hotel for merchants coming to Granada. Today the building is hosting the tourist office of Granada.
Monastery of Cartuje
Monasterio de la Cartuja s/n.
Opening hours: Summer (1/4 – 31/10). Monday – Saturday, 10.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 20.00.
Winter (1/11 – 31/3). Monday – Sunday, 10.00 – 13.00 and 15.30 – 18.30.
The construction of the Monastery of Cartuje was started in 1516 but didn’t finish until the 19th century. This long period has influenced in the architectural styles used in the construction. It is possible to find elements of baroque, gothic and neo classic styles.
Monastery of San Jeronimo
Rector López Argüeta 9.
Opening hours: Summer (1/4 – 31/10). Monday – Saturday, 10.00 – 13.30 and 16.00 – 19.30, Sundays 11.00 – 13.30 and 16.00 – 19.30.
Winter (1/11 – 31/3). Monday – Saturday, 10.00 – 13.30 and 15.00 – 18.30. Sundays 11.00 – 13.30 and 15.00 to 18.30.
The Monastery of San Jeronimo was ordered build by the Catholic kings in 1496. It was designed by the architect Diego de Siloe in a Renaissance style and is still today occupied by the Jornonimas monks.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.00 to 22.00.
This palace was constructed by the Moorish monarch Yussuf I in 1349 and was in that period used as university. Today the palace is used by the University of Granada and the only remains of the original building is the chapel.
The Albacin neighborhood is one of the most fascinating areas of Granada with a mixture of original Arab and Christian architecture. The many small streets and the incredible monuments preserve some of the original atmosphere of the Moorish Granada. When entering this area you can find the old gateway ‘puerta de Elvira’, which was build by the moors. In Albacin you can also find the church of Salvador (Plaza de Abad 2), which was constructed on an ancient mosque and still conserve some original parts. Another great example of Moorish architecture in this area is the Palace Dar-Al-Horra (Callejón de las Monjas s/n) where the mother of King Boabdil had her residence. The Square Plaza Larga is also worth a visit. This was a market place build by the Moors and still today it has kept its original function.