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Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) and Cathedral

The Capilla Real was commissioned by Granada's Christian conquerors, Fernando and Isabel, as their own burial place. Completed in 1521, it's a gorgeous gothic building next to a grand Cathedral of combined gothic and Renaissance styles. The monarchs died before the chapel was finished, but Charles V moved the bodies of his grandparents to the chapel once it was completed.

Address: , Calle Oficios 3, Granada, 18001
Telephone: +34 958 227 848.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1015-1330 and 1600-1930, Sun 1100-1330 and 1530-1930 (Mar-Aug); Mon-Sat 1015-1330 and 1600-1930, Sun 1100-1330 and 1530-1930 (Sept-Feb).

Website: http://www.capillarealgranada.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Albaicín and Sacromonte

Albaicín, which survived as a bustling Moorish quarter for several decades after the Christian reconquest of Granada in 1492, is a picturesque and atmospheric maze of narrow, twisting streets. The neighbouring district of Sacromonte is renowned for its cave dwellings, flamenco shows and amazing views of the Alhambra.

Address: , Albaicín, Granada,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Alhambra

Overlooking the city of Granada, the Alhambra is the most important and spectacular piece of Moorish architecture in Spain. Visitors can explore the Alcazaba, or citadel, which is the oldest remaining part of the complex, as well as the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens. Be sure to book Alhambra admission tickets at least one week in advance.

Address: , Real de la Alhambra, Granada, 18009
Telephone: +34 958 027 971.
Opening times:

Daily 0830-2000 (1 Apr-14 Oct); daily 0830-1800 (Oct 15-31 Mar).

Website: http://www.alhambra-patronato.es
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes

Huerta de San Vicente

For 10 years, Huerta de San Vicente was the summer home of Granada's beloved writer Federico Garcia Lorca. It is preserved exactly as it was in the days before he was arrested and assassinated in 1936 at the start of the Spanish Civil War. Exhibitions on Lorca's life and work are displayed throughout.

Address: Calle Virgen Blanca, Parque Federico Garcia Lorca, Granada, 18070
Telephone: +34 958 258 466.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 0930-1700 (16 Sep-31 May), 0900-1500 (1 Jun-15 Sep); check website for holiday opening times.

Website: http://www.huertadesanvicente.com
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Parque de las Ciencias

Granada's most visited museum is this modern, interactive science park that is as genuinely fun for grown-ups as it is kids. Highlights include the Eureka Hall, where visitors can play with a gyroscope, and the epic Planetarium, which opens up the heavens. For younger visitors, the key attraction is the Exploration Hall which has plenty of hands-on entertainment for those aged 3-7.

Address: , Avenida de la Ciencia, Granada, 18006
Telephone: +34 958 131 900.
Opening times:

Tue-Sat 1000-1900, Sun 1000-1500.

Website: http://www.parqueciencias.com
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Monastery of San Jerónimo

San Jeronimo Monastery was the first monastery to be built after the conquest of the city by the Christians. Construction began in 1496, at Almoravid, now occupied by the hospital of San Juan de Dios. All the stones used for its construction were taken from the Arab gate of Elvira. The main attraction is the sacristy, but a beautiful alter created by Gil de Siloe and a riot of colourfully painted sculptures are worth exploring too.

Address: , Calle Rector López Argüeta 9, Granada, 18001
Telephone: +34 958 279 337.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1330 and 1600-1930 (summer); daily 1000-1330 and 1500-1830 (winter).

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

La Cartuja Monastery

This late baroque building actually started life as a Roman cemetery, but the land was given to monks in 1506 so they could build a monastery. It wasn't fully completed for another three centuries, but today it has a magnificent church and features plenty of wonderful artwork too.

Address: , Paseo de la Cartuja, Granada, 18009
Telephone: +34 958 161 932.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1300 and 1500-1800 (winter); daily 1000-1300 and 1600-2000 (summer).

Website: http://www.archidiocesisgranada.es/index.php/patrimonio-cultural/la-cartuja
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Hammam El Bañuelo

Hammam El Bañuelo doesn't look particularly remarkable from outside but it is the ruins of perhaps the best-preserved Arabic bathhouse in Spain. Inside visitors can view the beautiful architecture and learn how the bathhouse functioned, with its hot and cooling rooms and scenic courtyard.

Address: , Carrera del Darro 31, Granada, 18010
Telephone: +34 958 222 339.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 1000-1700.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes (free on Sunday)

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Museo Caja Granada Memoria de Andalucia

This rather stark modern building is a real contrast to the historic architecture that defines much of Granada, but is worth a visit for the museum tucked away in its depths. Exploring everything from the environment and natural resources in the area to Andalucían communities, it's one of the city's best-kept secrets.

Address: , Avenida de la Ciencia 2, Granada, 18006
Telephone: +34 958 222 257.
Opening times:

Tue-Wed 0930-1400, Thu-Sat 0930-1400 and 1600-1900, Sun 1100-1500 (1 Sep-30 Jun), 0900-1500 Mon-Sat, 1100-1500 Sun (1 Jul-31 Jul). Closed Aug.

Website: http://www.cajagranadafundacion.es
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Royal Hospital

This impressive gothic-style building has been used as everything from a hospital for soldiers and pilgrims to a prison for the insane - even a treatment centre for venereal diseases. Today it houses the Rectorate and the Central Library of the University, and there are glorious gardens to explore as well as an art gallery with regularly changing exhibits.

Address: , Cuesto del Hospicio, Granada, 18071
Telephone: +34 958 243 025.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1400.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Tourist Offices

Oficina de Información Turística del Patronato Provincial

Address: , Cárcel Baja, 3, Granada, 18001
Telephone: +34 958 247 146.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1900, Sat 1000-1900, Sun 1000-1500.

Website: http://www.turgranada.es/en

The main tourist office in Granada offers local information, maps and guides as well as booking services for attractions, accommodation and transport. There's also a tourist office at City Hall on Plaza Carmen and at the Alhambra.

Tourist passes

The Granada Card (Bono Turístico) (www.granadatur.com) gives admission to several major sights, including the Alhambra, cathedral, Capilla Real and La Cartuja and San Jerónimo monasteries, plus nine rides on city buses and a one-hour city tour on the tourist train. It's worth purchasing if you're stay in Granada a few days.

You can buy the Bono at the City Hall tourist information centre on Plaza del Carmen, the Sciences Park Museum on Avenida de la Ciencia, the Press Stand Chalo on Plaza Neuva and the Press Stand on Plaza del Campillo. It is also available online and over the telephone on +34 858 880 990.

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Fonda Sanchez Hotel

One of Granada's best value hotels, Fonda Sanchez boasts a central location close to the cathedral in the university district. No frills, but perfectly clean and comfortable with helpful English speaking staff. Following a recent renovation, the rooms are modern and all have balconies, air conditioning and a TV.

Hotel Molinos

It might only have a single star to its name, but this surprisingly chic city centre hotel is a comfortable and welcoming place to stay. To add interest, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the narrowest hotel in the world. The roof terrace, with its spectacular views, is an added bonus.

Pension Suecia

Set in a former house in a quiet residential area, the rooms here are small and simple but attractively furnished in traditional style, and the owners are welcoming. Breakfast is served for a small surcharge on a terrace with lovely city views. There's also a sitting room and small garden.

Hotel Anacapri

This cosy and comfortable 3-star hotel is located just off Plaza Nueva in the heart of the historic centre. The staff are welcoming and palm trees enhance its 18th-century patio, while highlights inside include the still lifes in the reception and cafeteria, plus several silk screen prints from well-known modern painters throughout.

Hotel Plaza Nueva

It's all about location at the Plaza Nueva, which overlooks Granada's oldest and most central square. This is a 3-star boutique hotel with 25 rooms spread over three floors, which has built up a reputation over the years for sterling service. The Alhambra is just a 10 minute walk away.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos

This 42-room boutique hotel combines 19th-century palatial surroundings with strikingly modern interiors of stone, glass and metal. Rooms are elegant and comfortable, combining old and new such as wooden floors and free Wi-Fi. The UNESCO-protected buildings feature a garden with Arabian-style water fountains as well as a spa, sauna, indoor pool and Turkish bath.