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Plan a Granada Weekend – 48h Break in Southern Spain

Plan a Granada Weekend – 48h Break in Southern Spain

If you are planning a Granada weekend and don´t have long to spend in this magical city.

You´ll want to know the ´must see´ spots around the city. With this in mind I have written this plan for 48h in Granada, helping you to make the most out of your Granada city break.

Bib Rambla Granada with children

Perfect Plan 48h – Granada weekend


  • Arrive Friday afternoon. Check in to accomodation.
  • If you have free time in the afternoon, walk to Bib Rambla square. See the streets around the Alcaiceria and Cathedral.
  • If you have time pop into the Madraza. This was the Koranic school founded in 1349. It costs a few euros to go in and the visit is around 40 mins or so. Inside this has some beautiful architectural features (entrance opposite the Capilla Real)

La Madraza Granada weekend

  • 8.30pm Head out for tapas. The are hundreds of places to choose from. Keep it simple and select places from my recent blog post: 10 Granada Tapas bars by Style If you are looking for a less busy area, walk to the end of Calle Navas onto Calle Rosario. You could also try tapas places in Plaza Trinidad or Plaza Romanilla. Good options are Bar Soria, Botanico (vegetarians) or Reca for a view of the square.
  • Choose a Tapas Tour if you prefer to be lead by a local foodie expert.
  • Mojito anyone? Try the Hotel Alhambra Palace for a selection of Mocktails and good G&T´s too. The view is pretty epic from their terrace bar. Another good place for a Mojito is the rooftop terrace of the Eurostars Gran Via

Saturday morning

  • If breakfast is not included in your accommodation, head to a café that looks popular with the locals. Baraka gets busy but is a good option for eggs. Minuit also do them. Both are a short walk from Plaza Nueva.
  • Ask for fresh orange juice and café con leche. If you want the coffee more milky, ask for Leche manchada.
  • Usually most places will have Croissants and other pastries available. One of my favourites is suizo, they serve this hot with butter and jam. Ask for Suizo mixto. Mollete is a local style of bread. This makes your toast a little more interesting. Standard toast comes with Spanish ham, cheese, boiled ham, jam or butter.  Some people even ask for it with just olive oil.

eat in granada breakfast

Visit the Alhambra

  • The Alhambra palace. As you will know you will need to buy Alhambra tickets ahead of time. During certain times of the year, you may need to book months ahead (particularly in April, May, Easter week, Early Summertime June/July) In hot months choose morning visits (rather than afternoon ones)
  • To get to the entrance you can take a bus from Isabel La Catolica statue on Gran Via. A taxi will cost around 6 euros from Plaza Nueva. (ask the driver for Taquilla Alhambra) You may also find this useful Get Alhambra tickets – Visiting the Palace in Granada Spain + Insider tips

Gay friendly Granada Alhambra palace

Saturday Afternoon

  • Shopping along Calle Recogidas, Calle Mesones and Calle Zacatin. Most shops are open on Saturday afternoons from 5.30pm until 9.00pm. In Summertime hours can differ. (July & August) See this post for more ideas of souvenirs + local gifts
  • Stop off for Coffee and Cake in La Isla on Acerca del Darro. (Its opposite El Corte Ingles) Ask for a local pionono or if it´s Eastertime ask for a Torrija. Torrijas are a little bit like French toast.

Feria en Alpujarra Semana Santa

  • Chill out at the Baños Arabes Hammam Al Andalus or the Aljibes de San miguel followed by a mint tea at at typical teahouse.
  • For Saturday evening have dinner at the Mirador de Morayma Restaurant set in a beautiful Carmen in the Albayzin neighbourhood. For foodies you may like to head to Alvaro Arriaga´s modern restaurant for contemporary cuisine with views of the mountains. Restaurante Arriaga Walk through Andalucia costs around 80 euros per person and is impeccably presented.

Sunday in Granada

  • Breakfast: Try chocolate and churros on the square at Bib Rambla or at the Café futbol at Mariana Pineda square.
  • Walk up to the Mirador de San Nicolas. Start at Plaza Nueva, walk along Caldereria Nueva, up past the San Gregorio church and keep heading up. When you get to the viewpoint at the top, enjoy the view. After stop of for a tapa at the nearby Kiki San Nicolas. If you prefer to take the bus up (the walk is steep and along some cobbles) the red microbuses leave from Plaza Nueva. Route C32. Ask the driver for Plaza San Nicolas and he will shout when at the stop. Lunch in the Albaicin at Casa Torcuato on Calle Agua or Tapas at La Entraiya Casa Rafa on Calle Pagés.
  • You can also take a guided tour of Albaicin Sacromonte + Madraza if you prefer to be shown around by a local guide.
  • Inside of heading to the Albaicin. Plan B is to wander along to Corrala del Carbon, just off Reyes Catolicos. Then head to the Royal Chapel and the Cathedral. For lunch try Cous Cous at Restaurante Arrayanes for an authentic Moroccan experience. If you go there you must try Mustafa´s zingy lemonade.  Find this at Cuesta Marañas, just up from the teterías on Caldereria Nueva. Or more traditional fare at the popular Taberna Salinas on Calle Elvira.
  • Free time in the afternoon. Walk along the River Genil and Paseo del Salon. Stop off at Kiosko Las Titas for a cool drink or coffee by the river.

Kiosko Las Titas Granada.J

Best time to visit Granada

If you are wondering when is the best time of the year for your Granada weekend ? See this Granada Calendar of what happens throughout the year.

If you have more than just a weekend in Granada, why not head out into Granada province and discover the fabulous landscapes of the Alpujarra or Sierra Nevada?

Granada weekend Plan

Did you already enjoy a Granada weekend or holiday?

What would you add to this plan?

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  1. Svadore says:

    I loved your post! I just got back from Granada and agree with everything you said.

  2. Very helpful. Incidentally I am there hopefully early May for just 3 days. So gonna pluck ideas from here. 🙂

  3. JB says:

    Hi molly
    Do you know of a shop near the cathedral ( i think) ( not a stall) that sells spices, herbs. soap and sweets and olives. I visited last year and bought some glorious soaps but cannot remember the name of the shop. It was quite a big financial concern with a very ‘proper’ lady serving at the counter in the middle of the shop. Would be interested if you can name it for me. If it was not by the cathedral it was in one of the streets or squares adjacent.

    Many thanks

    • Molly says:


      I think you may be referring to Medievo Granada. Their website is
      This shop is on a side Street beside Granada Cathedral.
      I hope this was the information that you wanted.

      Enjoy the weekend

  4. SC says:

    I’ve been wanting to go to Granada and then Sierra Nevada for snowboarding so this helps make a great use of my short time

  5. NALLO says:

    Thanks your blog is amazing! Any recommendations on what to do/where to eat for New Years in Cordoba? Are things open new years day?

    • Molly says:

      Thanks for Reading my blog and your lovely comment!

      Anywhere in Andalusia is special over christmastime and New Year.
      In Cordoba look out for the patios which are open over the festive season. The route of the nativity scenes (Ruta de belenes) and eat roscon de Reyes on 4th-6th January.

      There is more information on the Cordoba Tourism website but only in Spanish for the christmas activities

      New Years Eve best to book a restaurant ahead of time if you plan to dine out.

      felices fiestas

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  7. Juanita says:

    Fabulous website – luckily I found it in time as am touring round Andalusia on buses over the next 3 weeks! The tips on Granada – tapas bars, etc. – are very useful and I’ll be bringing them with me! Thanksso much.

    • Molly says:

      Thanks for your sweet comments. I hope my tips will be useful for your trip to Andalusia Juanita

  8. Liza Adnan says:

    Hi Molly! Do you think I need to book the tickets for The Alhambra in mid Dec? According to my travel agent I don’t have to as it’s not the peak period in Dec. what do u think? Thanks in advance!

    • Molly says:

      Even though peak period is Easter and Summer I would recommend booking so you can select the time which best fits with your travel plans
      In Spain 5th-9th December is a holiday period and it could be busy over those dates as well as near Christmas holidays (23rd Dec to end of month)
      Enjoy your visit!

  9. Maggie says:

    Thanks Molly. You’ve inspired me to make a trip soon – it’s way too long since I’ve visited Granada.

  10. Delfín says:

    thank you, Molly. this is terrific, and so helpful for future trips when we may not have so much time to spend there!

  11. Laura @Travelocafe says:

    Thank you for this wonderful plan for Granada. Makes it easier for our future visit.

  12. Mike of Mapless Mike says:

    This really makes me want to be back in Granada! I studied there for 6 months, and it truly is a magical city. I’ll be teaching English in Logroño this year but will most certainly be planning at least one trip down to Granada.

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