Are you planning to visit Granada but prefer alternative things to see and do? You’ve probably already read about the magical Arabic neighbourhood of Albaicín, the magnificent Palais de l’Alhambra, or the Cathedral of Granada, but there’s more to Granada. Here’s 5 alternative things to do in Granada for those who like to travel ‘off the beaten path’!
1. Street Art in the Jewish neighbourhood of Realejo
Realejo is the old Jewish district, and is also the home of “El Niño de las Pinturas”, a famous urban artist. Calle Molinos, Calle Pavaneras, some parks, and a few areas near the bus station are worth checking out. Other Spanish and international artists have their work here, like Drew, Yukka, Gata Cattana, Hilos, and Belin.
Are you a street art fan? Be sure to check out the Oasis Backpackers Hostel,“Street Art & the Caves Tour” starting every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 5pm .
2. Spectacular Cave Houses of Sacromonte
This is the second oldest neighbourhood of Granada, and is one of the city’s best kept secrets. For awhile, this area was the home of Granadian Gypsy culture, artists, hippies, and nomads from all over the world.
What else makes Sacromonte worth seeing? Breathtaking views of Alhambra Palace, the ruins of the former city walls, and the best Flamenco shows in the city. We think we’ve said enough to convince you to spend some time here!
Oasis Backpackers Hostel will take you there every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 5pm on the, “Street Art & the Caves Tour”.
3. Waterfalls and Bridges of Sierra Nevada.
If you like hiking, you’ve got to try the famous, “Los Cahorros” route! This hiking trail is located in the beautiful and wild Sierra Nevada Natural Park.
The park is located almost 2000 meters above sea level and is well known for its 5 different suspension bridges, various waterfalls, and the, “Tunel de las Palomas”, a cool tunnel cave where the Monachil River runs through.
Many plants, herbs, and some Instagram-worthy goats on the trail will undoubtedly give you an experience like no other. And if you’re not afraid of cold water you’ll also have the chance to take a dip in one of the park’s waterfalls!
Hiking with friends is much more fun, and safer. Oasis Backpackers Hostel offers the “Los Cahorros Waterfall Hike” every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10.30am.
4.Carmen y Campo de los Martyres
Carmen y Campo de los Martyres is full of birds, squirrels, flowers, and is a great escape from the crowds at the tourist hotspots. This place is a magnificent palace with romantic gardens, Nazari orchards, and was also a home for peacocks in Granada for many years.
The field where the palace was built is called the, “Field of Ahabul“, which is where King Boabdil handed over his beloved city to the Christians in 1492.
5. Local Tapas Bars
For all fans of culinary expeditions, travel bloggers, and general food lovers, we think you’ll love Granada! Did you know that Granada is considered the Tapas Capital of the World? B
Tapas is free with any drink order, and it doesn’t have to be alcohol! Most places also have generous serving sizes, and there are roughly 500 different tapas bars in Granada.
Our favourites are:
- POE (World Fusion Tapas)
- SALTA MARIA (Spanish Tapas)
- BABEL (World Fusion Tapas, Vegan and Vegetarian)
- CHANTARELA (Meat Lovers Only)
- LOS DIAMANTES (Seafood Lovers Only)
- LA RIVIERA (Spanish Tapas)
And that’s our take on 5 alternative things to do in Granada! Think this is the perfect destination for your European vacation? Then consider booking your accommodation at Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel Granada! We can’t wait to host you!