Views of the Alhambra, Granada

Granada in 7 viewing points and 7 quotes


“...there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada.”

This line is famous in the city, and almost everybody agrees. We suggest a way to test the theory - looking at the city from its most spectacular viewing points.

“This is the most beautiful sunset in the world” - Bill Clinton, ex-President of the United States, after watching it from the Mirador de San Nicolás. The view is of the Alhambra in all its splendour, with the mountains in the background. “In Granada there are more enchantments than scarlet seeds in the fruit of the valleys” - Victor Hugo, French writer. Enchantments that can captivate you, like the spontaneous flamenco performances at the Mirador de los Carvajales while you look at the Alhambra. Or viewing the world’s most flamenco-infused district, Albaicín, from the Mirador de la Churra. “Granada is so moving that it obliterates the senses” - Henri Matisse, French painter. The city’s scenery is an inspiration for all the arts. From the Mirador de la Placeta del Comino, you can see the lushly planted gardens of the Alhambra. “Granada has no defences against the people, because nobody can defend themselves from praise” - Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet. Because as well as lovely views, there are quiet and soothing places like the silent Mirador de Santa Isabel la Real.

Couple at the San Nicolás viewing point
View of the Alhambra from the San Nicolás viewing point.


“All cities have their charm, but Granada has its own and theirs too.” Antonio Machado, Spanish writer. If you climb up to the Mirador de San Miguel Alto you can see Granada from its highest point, with views over the modern city, the Albaicín district, the Alhambra and the mountains. “All curious travellers hold Granada in their hearts, without ever visiting it.” William Shakespeare, English writer. If you want to see a sweeping view of the city without the Alhambra dominating it, visit the Mirador de la Lona, with views of the Cathedral and the monastery of San Jerónimo. In the city there are many more viewing points with interesting views, such as the Mirador de Granada (with a wide panorama of the city and the plain), the Puerta del Sol (overlooking the Cathedral) or the Cruz Rauda (with views of the Albaicín district). There are fabulous views everywhere, where you can see the unique sunsets that illustrate Ernest Hemingway’s phrase: “How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!” * Verse by the Mexican poet Francisco de Asís de Icaza.

View of the roofs of Granada.