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  • The Alhambra Palace, Granada

    The Alhambra Palace, Granada

 Andalusia in five days

Andalusia is an essential destination for holidays in Spain. You really have to visit the south, because it’s home to some of the world’s most famous historic sites, a really delicious culinary tradition, unique Arab heritage, picture postcard villages of whitewashed houses, a wealth of shops selling artisan products, and a bustling street life with a cheerful atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.

Andalusia is the second largest region of Spain. It measures 500 kilometres from end to end, so if you have just five days and you want to explore the region as an independent traveller, your best bet is to hire a car and concentrate on a few of its most famous cities.

DAY 3: Granada

After a well-earned rest, today you can explore the old town centre and see the Alhambra from a different angle, from one of Spain’s most delightful viewing points.

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Façade of Granada Cathedral
Façade of Granada Cathedral

The historic town centre

The impressive Cathedral is a good starting point for your walk around the centre. Nearby are the Capilla Real (the chapel where the Catholic Monarchs are buried) and the Monastery of San Jerónimo.
You can also visit some of the area’s lively shops, visit the Alcaicería or former silk market, and try some of the city’s famous tapas bars. If you go shopping in Granada, its traditional crafts include embroidered lace shawls (mantillas), fine metalwork, leather goods, and ceramics. It is also known for its street markets and artisan workshops.

San Nicolás viewing point
San Nicolás viewing point

Sunset in the Albaicín district

After lunch, you could have a walk around the Carrera del Darro and Paseo de los Tristes. The Albaicín district is further from the centre, but this area is a must-see. Its narrow streets and traditional houses have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. You will find echoes of Arab architecture at every turn. At the end of your walk there is a final reward: El Mirador de San Nicolás. This is a famous lookout point, with a beautiful view of the Alhambra against the background of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s at its best around sunset.

Flamenco show in Sacromonte
Flamenco show in Sacromonte

Dinner and a Flamenco show in Sacromonte

You’ve probably heard of Flamenco, an art form which includes singing and dancing. One of the best places in the world to see a Flamenco show must be this district of Granada. The famous zambras are caves where the shows are staged.