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In 2014, the Alhambra, Granada was nominated number 16 in the Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Landmarks of the World. It is also the number one most visited attraction in Spain.

Today, Granada is the quintessential remnant of Moorish Spain. This medium-sized city houses the world’s greatest example of the north African culture’s architecture – the amazing citadel and palaces of the Alhambra, where Columbus got the royal OK to go off and explore the ‘new world’. But, reflecting its diverse religious roots, Granada also hosts arguably the most accessible displays of the dramatic Catholic Easter celebrations of Semana Santa.

The Granada walking tour is a great way to see the Alhambra and the adjacent district. This trail tours through the Alhambra, returns through Granada’s most Moorish neighborhood of Albacin and finishes at the city’s best viewpoint for enjoying both. You could do it all in one day but it’s probably better to spend most of a day at the Alhambra alone to do it justice.


The Alhambra entry is through the ticket office at the eastern and upper end of the complex. Book your tickets online a few weeks (or even a few months) ahead to avoid the long queues of people buying on the day. It may not be obvious at first, but there will be a ticket window (with a much shorter queue) for collecting pre-booked tickets. Make sure to bring your booking reference and ID.

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