For couples looking for a relaxing getaway, Granada in Andalusia is the perfect destination. Enjoy its charming combination of history, gastronomy, architecture, and culture. Wander hand in hand through the old town, where you can stop to enjoy a drink in one of the many bars.
Explore its natural beauty in gardens and forests. Of course, a visit to Granada wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain, but here are some other suggestions of great places for romance and relaxation to enjoy together on your holiday.
Torre de la Vela
Has some of the best views of town. Built in the 13th century, this tower with its bell and flags has long played an important role in the city’s life. Part of the Alhambra, it’s a separate structure that visitors can climb. Tradition has it that if local single girls climbed the tower and rang the bell, they would be married within the year! These days anyone can ring it, so why not give it a go?
Carmen de los Mártires Garden
Is one of the best kept secrets of Granada. A 19th-century home with landscaped gardens, statues, fountains, and peacocks wandering around, it also offers lovely views of the Alhambra.
Paseo de los Tristes
Wander together down this historical walkway. Once the path of funeral processions, it’s now the ideal place for a romantic stroll. It’s right in the heart of old Granada, next to the River Darro, and starts at the Bridge of Chimirías, named after the musical flute that used to be played from the balconies above. Discover old buildings, soak in the stunning views of the Alhambra, and check out the little tapas bars.
The Alhambra forest
That surrounds the Alhambra grounds, is where you can lose yourself in the quiet of nature, knowing you’re in easy reach of town. It’s a peaceful place to relax with your loved one, with waterfalls and fragrant woodland.
A visit to Granada wouldn’t be complete without a wander through the Albaicín. The old Arab quarter is a place to explore by foot, discovering the narrow cobbled streets, old bathhouses, and bars. Don’t miss the San Nicolás mirador, the most well-known viewpoint in Granada, with impressive views over the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada.
A little further afield, head to Sacromonte Abbey to enjoy a tranquil historical site. This 17th-century abbey has underground chapels and sweeping views. While you’re in the area, head to a flamenco show to end the day with a flair.
Eating and drinking in Granada
Granada is the perfect place to enjoy Andalusia’s delicious cuisine, with its Moroccan influence. Sit on a patio to enjoy the views and tastes of the town. Wander through the old town to find a tea house, or chill out on a plaza with a cold drink and something delicious.
Where to stay
There are plenty of romantic hotels in Granada. You’ll be spoiled for choice with hotels near Alhambra and around the old quarters. For stylish rooms in a sleek hotel in a convenient location, try the Catalonia Granada hotel. It has bar, spa and gym, as well as a rooftop pool, and is ideal for relaxing after a busy day. This 4-star modern hotel is easily accessible by transit and allows you to explore all the sights.