Now that it’s gotten a little safer for people to travel abroad, you might be thinking about where to go next. Some would head straight to beaches or shopping capitals. Others would take a trip to the mountains and the countryside. How about you take the opportunity to go sightseeing and learn history simultaneously?
If you’ve never been to Granada, Spain, now’s the perfect time to visit. This city is full of historical sites and beautiful sights. It’s a melting pot of culture, and it offers many exciting things you’ll love.
But before you go and book that plane ticket to Spain, check out this list of cultural activities you can engage in while in Granada.
- Visit Alhambra Palace
Before Spain became the country most people know now, it was once divided into smaller states. Granada, in particular, was under Muslim rule. Because of that, the city boasts gorgeous Islamic architecture, and it’s one of the reasons why people flock to Spain.
Alhambra Palace is an important historical tourist attraction in the country. The fortress complex was built in 1238 by the first Nasrid emir, Muhammad I Ibn al-Ahmar. It still stands today for visitors to experience what it was like back in medieval Spain. You’ll see not only exquisite building designs and lavish gardens but also a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city. Many people go to the city to see this spectacular work of art that has stood firm amidst time and trials. Make sure to book a tour in advance to avoid crowds.
Since the palace complex is also quite massive, it may take you a whole day to see everything here. You should wear your most comfortable walking shoes if you ever decide to visit the breathtaking fortress to start your Granada trip.
- Watch A Flamenco Performance
Granada is home to one of the fiercest and most exciting dances in the world: the flamenco. This dynamic art form is still practiced in the city, specifically in Sacromonte.
Take a tour down at the bars and theaters, along Sacromonte’s hillsides, to witness authentic flamenco performances from Granadinos. You’ll be entranced by their passion and energy even while crammed on the floor with 30 or more so spectators. You’ll never see another flamenco performance quite like that anywhere else in the world. And Granadinos will make sure you think that way too.
- Take The Tapas Trail
Traveling around Granada can make you hungry and maybe even crave a drink or two. Fortunately for you, the city is known for its tapas or small snacks in Spanish cuisine. Choose from Granada’s wide selection of bars and restaurants and get free—yes, free—tapas when you buy a drink.
If you’re not accustomed to Spanish food or their more obscure cuisine, this is an excellent way to try something new. After a long walk around the city, relish a cool glass of their bars’ signature beverages, along with a plate of delicious tapas. You’ll get a bit more energy while tickling your tastebuds and filling your stomach.
Since the city boasts a lot of places to eat, there are top tapas bars you can check out. You won’t have to worry about looking for a place to grab a bite when the rest of the city is still awake at night.
- Canvass The Arab Spice Market
Even after Catholic conquests eliminated Muslim governance in the city, Granada still takes pride in their food, which is heavily influenced by Arabic cuisine. Alcaiceria Market is a place where you’ll find some exotic herbs and spices for sale any time of the year.
The market, once called the Grand Bazaar, was home to over 200 stalls selling silks and other precious items from neighboring nations. Unfortunately, a fire burnt it to the ground in the late 19th century. The source of the fire traces back to a nearby matchstick factory.
It’s standing again, but it’s now merely a shadow of its former self. However, the souk is still worth visiting since you’ll find a variety of knick-knacks and herbal tea that you can buy as souvenirs, aside from the usual herbs and spices that amplify Granada’s already delicious cuisine.
- Join A Festival
Every city is bound to have a couple of special events to celebrate. Granada is no exception to that. When you visit the city in June or July, don’t waste the opportunity to participate in the International Festival of Music and Dance.
This festival first began in 1883. The Palace of King Carlos V served as the venue for the concerts. Nowadays, it’s held in Granada’s various historical sites to celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage and colorful history.
While you’re in the country, try making time to join their festivals and enjoy yourself and the people around you. Spain features some of the best festivals in the world after all. While that’s more an opinion than a fact, you’re more than likely to believe it anyway once you’ve experienced it.
Get Going To Granada
With its sights, sounds, dishes, and wares, Granada has everything to make you enjoy your trip abroad. Whether this will be your first time out of the country, you’ll surely never forget the cultural majesty that is the city of Granada.
Open yourself to a world of fantastic colors and a history dating back to when Muslim communities first made this city their home. You might want to stay longer the second you step on the plane for your return flight.