The following itinerary covers the best of Granada and focuses on its most important tourist attractions to make the most of your 24 hours in the city. When planning a one-day tour of Granada, you should take into account the opening hours of the museums and monuments, which may vary depending on the day of the week or the season you choose.
This itinerary for Granada is designed to arrive in the afternoon and enjoy the last hours of the arrival day and the following full day.
After dropping your bags and settling into your hotel, we suggest you start your tour of Granada in the center of the city. The Isabel la Catolica square is the turning point between the commercial area, the center of Granada, and neighborhoods such as the Realejo and the Albaicin.
A few meters from this square, crossing the sidewalk to take the Estribo street, you'll find the Madrasah Palace, a perfect place to start soaking up the Arab essence of Granada. If you return to Calle de Los Reyes Catolicos and walk a few meters, you'll find Calle Puente del Carbon, which leads to one of the most important monuments in the history of Granada: the Corral del Carbon.
Back on Calle de Los Reyes Catolicos, the main commercial avenue of Granada, we recommend you to take a bus from Plaza Nueva to the Arab quarter of the Albaicin. If you prefer, you can make this journey on foot and take this chance to stroll along the Carrera del Darro in the late afternoon - the views are definitely worth it!
Once you get into the maze of narrow streets that makes the Albaicin so unique, it'll be the perfect time to enjoy the sunset from one of its viewpoints. If you're a bit late, don't worry, the views of the Alhambra lit up at night are breathtaking too.
To put the finishing touch to the first day, we recommend you to return to the center and stroll through the Realejo, the best area of Granada to have some nice tapas. In Navas street you'll find many places to have a drink and tapas and then lastly you can return to your hotel.
Naturally, we'll spend the morning of the first full day in Granada visiting its most famous landmark: the Alhambra. We recommend scheduling the visit for early in the morning to enjoy the Nasrid monument without haste, but without spending too much time there either.
The next stop on our 24-hour itinerary will be the Cathedral of Granada. This is the most impressive Renaissance monument in the city. Before lunchtime, we encourage you to visit the Royal Chapel, which houses the tomb of the Catholic Monarchs.
Walking along Gran Via de Colon street and turning left on Alvaro de Bazan street you'll reach Elvira street, an area full of restaurants and bars where you can sample the traditional dishes of Granada.
Retracing your steps, just a few meters from the Cathedral, you'll find the Bib-Rambla square, a perfect place to enjoy a coffee. Also, if you want to do some shopping, the Alcaiceria is the most authentic area.
If you have some time to spare and want to go back home with unforgettable memories of Granada, we recommend you to enjoy a flamenco show in Sacromonte, a unique setting where tradition and art go hand in hand!
More than 1 day in Granada?
Although Granada is a very good city to visit in 24 hours if you're lucky enough to spend more than one day in the city we recommend visiting museums such as the Fine Arts Museum, the San Juan de Dios Museum, or the Alhambra Museum.
Also, walking along the Carrera del Darro you'll find the only Arab baths from the Muslim period that remain intact in Granada: El Bañuelo. If you liked the experience, you can also enjoy this intimate atmosphere in the hammam Al-Andalus, a recreation of these Arab baths.