Spain, Travel

Travel guide: Granada, outside the Alhambra

April 14, 2015

Now Granada is mainly famous for one thing – the Alhambra. If you only have a few hours in Granada then without a doubt this is where you should be, you can see my post on the Alhambra here.

Apart from wandering around the Alhambra (and viewing the Alhambra) there is plenty of other things in Granada to fill a second day.

First up, the second most beautiful building in Granada, the cathedral. Located just off the Calle Gran Via de Colon, the cathedral is definitely worth a look inside. Due to the restricted opening times I would start with the cathedral first. It’s open from 10:45 and you need to make a donation of 4€ for entry but this is definitely worth it. There is a sign saying no pictures but I think this means no flash as plenty of people were taking pictures and the staff did not mind.

The cathedral is beautiful inside and is made of white stone which makes it so bright even without any artificial lights.

The only thing that I found to be disappointing was the lack of real candles. While I’m not a religious person I love lighting a candle in memory of those who are no longer here. Instead the cathedral has plastic tea lights with an led bulb and so I skipped this step.

There are plenty of restaurants on the main square (although we didn’t eat here as I often think wandering off the main streets means you will discover something better), just off the main square or on Calle de Elvira on the other side of the Grand Via which has the best selection of tapas bars. We opted for one called La Bicicleta. 


 For the life of me I cannot find anything about it online as I think it may be new. I would definitely recommend wandering past. It is situated on a corner just off the main square with big open windows and a selection of tapas which are a little different.

We shared the mixed platter with a variety of salamis, Iberico ham and Manchego cheese, a mango and goats cheese salad, and a delicious chicken pastry with honey and onion relish. This was a nice amount to share between three. I would say, be carefully with portion sizes when ordering. We went it a tapas bar on Calle de Elvira for a drink and saw some of the portion sizes of the tapas, they were huge! Definitely more of a full meal. Even if the price seems cheap, order a few then you can order more!

Next up, a wander through the old town, the Albayzin. A lot of Andalusia has Moorish influences and none more evident than here in Granada. This is a maze of little streets with a real Moorish influence. Venture in and out the shops selling beautiful lanterns and materials and the pastry shops selling the most delicious baklava. Having never been to Morocco before this is how I imagined it to be.

Off the main street, Calle de la Caldereria Nueva the streets get very narrow and windy. It would be easy to get lost so make sure you have a map. Alternatively, if you keep heading down the hill you will eventually find your way back to the foot of the Alhambra.

When in Granada, we stayed at the Palacio de Santa Ines, an incredible hotel built it 1520. Every room was decorated beautifully and had such an amazing character. The staff were very friendly and its within walking distance from all the main sites. For three of us in one double and a single room, with breakfast included as part of a special offer it was 80€.

Check out parts one and two.

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  • Kelly Michelle

    Your photos have captured the city so beautifully! xx

    • Laura @ a girl & her home

      Thank you! Credit definitely goes to the beautiful city of Granada! xx

  • Courtney @ Adelante

    Granada is such a magical city! I went five years ago and got food poisoning while I was there (I guess I had it coming when I chose to eat lunch at “Kebab King”), so I didn’t get to see much besides the Alhambra. I’m really looking forward to visiting again this June! I’ll be keeping your tips in mind – La Bicicleta looks absolutely darling!

    • Laura @ a girl & her home

      Oh dear that’s not good! Well hopefully you will have better experiences this time round. I would definitely recommend this place for some delicious tapas. Also if you are looking for a great restaurant with an incredible view check out my other post

  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Lovely!! I might be traveling with family to southern Spain this winter– we’ll see– and this is definitely on the list!

    • Laura @ a girl & her home

      Oh that sounds amazing! I do hope you get to go, it’s such a lovely part of the world. Check out my other posts on South Spain too for some more inspiration :)