Viewpoints in Granada

Viewpoints in Granada

The viewpoints of San Nicolas, San Miguel, Carvajales, and San Cristobal - these are the top 4 viewpoints in Granada and are a must to admire the Alhambra.

Top viewpoints in Granada

They say that in order to really experience a city you have to admire it from every angle, even from above. If the Alhambra is impressive at ground level, beholding its magnificence from the viewpoints in the Albaicin is an otherwordly experience.  

In the old Arab quarter, located right in front of the Nasrid jewel, you'll find the most impressive viewpoints of the city. Discover the unique aspects of each one and learn how to visit them.

San Nicolas viewpoint

The most iconic view of the Alhambra can be seen from the viewpoint of San Nicolas. This is the most prominent viewpoint in the city and the one preferred by tourists visiting Granada. It's possible to see groups of friends playing flamenco and craft vendors in the vicinity.

The viewpoint of San Nicolas is located in the heart of the Albaicin and is a nice spot overlooking the Alhambra and the Generalife with the Sierra Nevada in the background.

If you don't have any schedule problems, we recommend going to San Nicolas in the late afternoon to enjoy "the most beautiful sunset in the world", as Bill Clinton once said.

Carvajales viewpoint

This viewpoint located in the lower part of the Albaicin, next to the slope of San Gregorio, is nearly hidden in the Arab quarter. It stands out for its view of the star monument of Granada and the Generalife.  

Although in the afternoon it is usually quite lively and full of groups of friends, at sunset it is not as busy as the viewpoint of San Nicolas.

San Cristobal viewpoint

This viewpoint in the highest part of the Albaicin offers a panoramic view of the Alhambra and the surrounding monuments, as well as a large part of the 11th century Zirid wall. From here you can also admire the Cathedral, the Palace of Dal al Horra, and the church of San Cristobal.

To access this viewpoint you need to cross the Puerta de Elvira and climb the stairs of the Cuesta de San Cristobal. If you wish, you can also use the N9 and N8 bus lines.

San Miguel Alto viewpoint

As its name suggests, it's the highest viewpoint in Granada. It offers panoramic views of the Alhambra and the Generalife, the Albaicin neighborhood, Sacromonte, Sierra Nevada, and Sierra Elvira.

The San Miguel Alto Hermitage is located here as well and is the destination of a pilgrimage by the locals on September 29th.

While the views are definitely breathtaking, the viewpoint is somewhat removed from the center of Granada. If you have your own car, the best way to reach the viewpoint is to take the Carretera de Murcia. You can also walk to the top or take the N9 bus.