If you are planning a family trip to Spain, one destination that needs to be on your itinerary is Granada. Located three hours from Seville and an hour and a half from Málaga, Granada is known for its stunning architecture that dates to the Moorish occupation between the 13th and 14th centuries. It is one of my favorite places to visit in Spain and families will love its laid-back atmosphere. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Granada Spain with (or without) kids.
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The Best Sites To Visit And Things To Do In Granada Spain With Kids
There is no shortage of fun things to see and do while visiting Granada, Spain, with kids. This beautiful city has some of the best spots for shopping and dining, tons of rich history, and so much to see, from taking in performances by street performers to going to ticketed shows. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Granada, Spain.
1. Visit the Alhambra
One of the 7 Wonders of the World, this historic monument is one of the top things to see when visiting Granada.
The Alhambra Palace’s name is derived from Arabic and means “the red one”. It has a fascinating history leading all the way back to the 9th century. The architectural marvel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
You can choose between booking a guided tour or purchasing tickets ahead of time. Both of these get you access to all of the historical sites at The Alhambra, including Alcazaba, Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid Palaces, and more.
Purchasing tickets guarantees your time slot so you can best plan your day. Plan to spend several hours at this historical site.
2. Sacromonte Caves
These caves were actually 11 homes that were dug into the side of a hill to house Spanish Gypsies centuries ago. They now serve as a museum that showcases wares, furniture, and textiles that may have been used when the Gypsies lived there.
You can reach the caves by walking or by taking a bus that will get you close to the destination. Another option is to hire a local guide for a walking tour.
3. Take in a Flamenco Show
Flamenco was born in Sacromonte, so a trip to a Flamenco show is one of the best ways to take in the local culture. Not surprisingly, there are a multitude of places to do it.
One spot that’s particularly beautiful is Jardines de Zoraya in the Albaicín, which features a show set in an orchard and garden.
Another destination that features Flamenco, as well as creative cuisine, is Tablao La Soleá in the Plaza de Toros.
For a truly historical experience, take in a show at Zambra María La Canastera, in the former home of the famous dancer for which it is named.
Flamenco shows typically last around an hour and most offer the option of adding food or drinks to the experience.
4. Hop on a Segway Tour
Speeding around Granada on a Segway is a great way to take in all of the fantastic views while learning about the city from a tour guide.
There are plenty of tours available to see the top attractions and main sites in Granada. Tours range from 1 hour to 4 hours long and older kids are sure to love this.
5. Explore the Albaicin
The oldest neighborhood in Granada, Albaicin’s rich history dates back to the 11th century when the Zirid Dynasty settled there in their royal palace.
With narrow streets and impressive architecture, it’s the perfect place to spend a day exploring. In 1995, the Albaicín became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Don’t miss out on Carrera del Darro, the neighborhood’s oldest street. It’s the best place to find cafes, vendors, street performances, and a wide array of restaurants with international cuisine.
6. Granada Cathedral
Granada Cathedral is the first Renaissance-style church in the city and is worth a visit for its architectural style and history. There is a minimal admission fee to view the interior space, but it’s absolutely worth the visit.
7. Parque de las Ciencias (Science Museum)
This science museum is perfect for kids of all ages. Its central location makes it ideal for a fun side trip while taking in the history of the city.
8. Federico Garcia Lorca Park
Named for a Spanish poet and author, this park is admission-free and boasts a beautiful rose garden. Go for a stroll or pack a picnic and enjoy this gorgeous park.
9. Granada Tourist Train
With panoramic views from the windows and ceilings, this train offers tourists views of the city from the comfort of a carriage. There are plenty of stops along the way (though the entrance isn’t included with the fee for the train). Audioguides are offered in multiple languages to help tourists enjoy their travel.
10. Mirador de San Nicolas
Located in the Albaicin neighborhood, this gorgeous spot boasts the best views of the mountain and the Alhambra. There are a number of amazing restaurants to dine at nearby.
11. Ski in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
The Sierra Nevada mountains are the highest point in Spain and the southernmost ski resort in Europe. Just 40 minutes from Granada your family can enjoy winter sports including skiing and snowboarding. The small town of Pradollano has restaurants and ski shops if you need them.
12. Day Trip to Ronda
Ronda is known for introducing bullfighting to the world, and it is also a gorgeous spot for sightseeing. Be prepared for small roads and amazing food. The landscape is stunning, and it’s an incredible place to take in breathtaking views.
Arab Baths Archaeological Site
Nestled within the charming town of Ronda, the Arab Baths Archaeological Site.
Here you will find the remains of a public bathhouse that features the exquisite craftsmanship of the past. You’ll encounter a sequence of rooms, including a warm bath area (tepidarium), a hot bath area (caldarium), and a cold bath area (frigidarium).
The vaulted ceilings, intricate stonework, and arched entrances are a bold exemplification of the historical architecture of the area.
Bullring of the Royal Calvary
This bullring in Ronda is a must-visit spot. Originating in 1573, this historic spot is home to a museum and art that pay homage to the sport.
Learn about the cultural legacy and historical significance of bullfighting while taking in the incredible architecture.
Puente Nuevo and Hike Below It
In the heart of Andalusia, you can have the most memorable experience hiking the iconic Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) and the incredible hike that awaits below it in Ronda.
Standing over El Tajo Gorge, the Puente Nuevo is a fantastic mix of architecture and nature. This incredible structure connects the newer part of Ronda with the old town and offers unbeatable views of the stunning landscape below.
Once you’ve taken in the view of the Puente Nuevo, head down below. Take a hike through the El Tajo Gorge’s rugged landscapes that are part of the region’s character.
The trail below the Puente Nuevo takes you on a journey through rising cliffs with the backdrop of the Guadalevín River flowing through the gorge.
13. Day trip from Granada to Almuñécar
Almuñécar is a beautiful coastal town with natural beauty, historical sites, and recreational activities. It’s an easy one-hour drive from Granada and a great place to spend the day at the beach. Here are some of the best things to do in Almuñécar with kids.
Start your trip with a visit to AquaTropic Waterpark. This family-friendly water park features various pools, slides, and water attractions, making it a great place for both adults and kids to enjoy a day of fun and relaxation.
Almuñécar is known for its stunning beaches. Spend some time soaking up the sun, swimming, and enjoying the Mediterranean coastline. Playa de San Cristobal and Playa de Velilla are two popular beaches in the area.
Cueva de Siete Palacios Archaeological Museum
Explore the rich history of Almuñécar by visiting the Archaeological Museum. Here, you can learn about the town’s ancient Roman and Moorish heritage through a collection of artifacts, exhibits, and displays.
Take a stroll through the charming Old Town of Almuñécar. You’ll find narrow streets, white-washed buildings, and traditional Andalusian architecture. The town’s historic center is a great place to discover local shops, cafes, and restaurants.
San Miguel Castle
Visit the San Miguel Castle, which overlooks the town and offers panoramic views of the coastline. The castle has a long history and is an excellent spot for photography and enjoying the surrounding scenery.
Botanical Garden El Majuelo
If you’re interested in plants and green spaces, consider visiting the Botanical Garden El Majuelo. This garden features a diverse collection of tropical and subtropical plants, making it a peaceful and educational stop.
Hiking and Nature
Almuñécar is surrounded by natural beauty. Consider going on a hike in the nearby hills or exploring the coastal paths. The natural landscapes provide great opportunities for outdoor activities and enjoying the Mediterranean climate.
Check out the local markets to experience the vibrant atmosphere and find unique souvenirs. The Friday market is particularly popular and offers a range of items, including fresh produce, clothing, and crafts.
14. Day trip to Nerja’s Caves
The Caves of Nerja are the perfect day trip from Granada for families who love adventure. Located just an hour from Granada by car, the cave system spans 4 kilometers, but only 1/3 is open to the public.
There are stunning stalactite formations and expansive chambers, sure to amaze children and adults alike. Tours are available with an audioguide.
Where to Stay in Granada
Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Built in the 16th century, this updated Granada home features well-appointed rooms and suites with amenities that range from flat-screen televisions and free wifi to 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and breakfast in bed.
Both the Junior Suite and the Suite 1800 are sized perfectly for families. The latter also offers breathtaking partial views of the Alhambra. CHECK RATES
Suites Gran Via 44
Stay in the heart of Granada in this boutique hotel conveniently located a short walking distance to the Royal Chapel, where Catholic monarchs Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand are buried.
Suites are large enough to accommodate 4-6 people and boast amenities like tea and coffee service, a Bluetooth-connected music system, soundproof windows, and a rainfall shower. CHECK RATES
Hotel Puerta De Las Granadas
This 70-room hotel is located close to shops and restaurants as well as the Alcaicería market and the Bib-Rambla square.
Children can enjoy the property’s family-friendly restaurant and the hotel also offers a “Lazy Sunday” option for an extended checkout time as late as 3 p.m. CHECK RATES
Located near the cathedral, this hotel is particularly child-friendly, with coloring kits and details for kids included in the Family Room.
A breakfast buffet offers a spread of sweets as well as savory dishes and the option to order freshly made eggs and breakfast meat. CHECK RATES
Where to Eat in Granada with Kids
Don’t miss the chance to savor the local cuisine. Granada offers a variety of restaurants and tapas bars where you can try Andalusian specialties and fresh seafood dishes.
Los Manueles Restaurante Catedral
Upon entering Los Manueles Restaurante Catedral, you’ll be enveloped by an ambiance that seamlessly blends elegance with warmth. Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner or a gathering with friends and family, the restaurant’s inviting atmosphere sets the stage for a delicious meal.
Indulge in the authentic flavors of Morocco right in the heart of Granada at Meknes Rahma. The restaurant is traditional, featuring a range of dishes that span from tagines to couscous. If you haven’t tried Moroccan food, this is the place to do it.
La Piccola Carmela
This authentic Italian restaurant offers unique and classic dishes that appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. With creative plating and incredible presentation, this is the type of restaurant that shouldn’t be missed in Granada.
As you can see, families will find an endless amount of things to do in Granada. If you’re planning a Spain trip, be sure to include this gem on your itinerary.