Viewpoints in Granada. 45 ways to see the city

Granada is the city with the most viewpoints in Andalusia

Viewpoints in Granada. 45 ways to see the city

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We present all the viewpoints of Granada. Here you have an essential tool for visiting Granada. We have designed it especially for those of you who like to explore cities on foot, get to incredible places and experience magical moments at sunset.

First of all, a viewpoint is “a well-placed place to contemplate a landscape or an event” (RAE). If we stick to this, the list would be infinite in Granada, so we will focus on those recognised as “miradors”.

To make it more useful we will organise the viewpoints by neighbourhood. At the end of the post you will find the map and a proposal of several walking routes.

NOTE: In this post we do not include the viewpoints located inside the Alhambra, if you want more complete information about the Palatine City you will find it here.

REALEJO VIEWPOINTS

The Realejo of today is a group of neighbourhoods dating from medieval times. The Mauror, as the hill parallel to that of the Sabika (where the Alhambra is located) was called, is the place where almost all the viewpoints of this neighbourhood are concentrated.

SUN PLATE VIEWPOINT

The charm of this small square lies in its views and the old washing place that still stands. In the past they were scattered all over Granada, but nowadays this is the last standing washhouse in the city. Nowadays it is hard to imagine how the women washed their clothes and the men watered their beasts in this place, but that is how it was not so long ago.

placeta-del-sol-granada-visitar

The views are impressive, but the most peculiar thing about this viewpoint is the old washing place.

MIRADOR DE LA CHURRA

This is one of the most talked-about viewpoints on the internet, and not surprisingly, it is located just below the Alcazaba of the Alhambra and its views are very similar to those enjoyed from the monument. It is a small cobbled square facing the AlbaicĂ­n. As is often the case in these secluded spots, the viewpoint is surrounded by houses, so it is advisable to act responsibly and avoid noise.

mirador de la churra en Granada

From the viewpoint of La Churra in one of our guided tours.

MIRADOR DEL CARMEN DE LOS MÁRTIRES

Domestic and recreational building dating from the 19th century and consisting of a mansion and large gardens in French, English and Spanish style. Highlights: the refined historicist character of the building, the large pond, the sculptures distributed along the paths, the vegetable garden and the wonderful views over the city. Located in the vicinity of the Alhambra, it is an ideal place for strolling and social recreation. Within the Carmen de los MĂĄrtires there are several points with great panoramic views, all of which are shown on the map.

Bench at the entrance of the Carmen de los MĂĄrtires

If you want to see a picture of the Carmen de los MĂĄrtires follow the link, here we have used the one of the bench at the entrance of the Carmen de los MĂĄrtires because we find it very suggestive.

EXTERIOR OR TERRACE OF THE ALHAMBRA PALACE

This five-star hotel has a large terrace overlooking the Realejo. Between whitewashed houses covered with tiled roofs, the cypress trees of the cĂĄrmenes and the private patios stand out. Drinking tea or sharing a romantic dinner are some of the options if you want to enjoy this place. Besides, the Alhambra Palace is a place with a lot of history. If you decide not to go inside, the views from the steps leading down to the Realejo are also very nice.

Viewpoint next to the Alhambra Palace Hotel

Viewpoint next to the Alhambra Palace Hotel. The descent of the slope of the Realejo starts between the carmenes.

ALBAICÍN VIEWPOINTS

It is the most Andalusian quarter of Granada, also the oldest, most visited and best known. It is full of great places and small details that you will love. If you want to complete the information about this neighbourhood you have to know our “Guide to the AlbaicĂ­n” (includes downloadable PDF). Now let’s go to these viewpoints of Granada.

ERMITA DE SAN MIGUEL ALTO

We start with one of the most popular, everyone talks about it. Except on rainy winter days, it’s packed every weekend. However, in the year 2000 it was common to walk up here and not see anyone. It is one of the highest in Granada and has panoramic views of more than 180Âș. Of course, it’s a steep climb up from the AlbaicĂ­n.

Much more about San Miguel Alto.

General view from San Miguel Alto

A day of light and shadow, great for photography from San Miguel Alto.

MIRADOR CRUZ DE LA RAUDA

On the way to San Miguel Alto is the Cruz de Rauda. A small viewpoint has been built there with views of the Alhambra and the AlbaicĂ­n and is rather quieter than the previous one. Behind it is the Cruz de Rauda. Granada was once full of crosses, although few remain today. Many of these crosses were built by wealthy families or groups of neighbours to manifest their Christianity. Of course, these crosses are linked to the famous Fiesta del DĂ­a de la Cruz de Granada.

Couple at the Cruz de Rauda viewpoint in the Albaicin

Popularised in recent years, but still reserved for those who dare to go off the typical tourist routes.

MIRADOR CUESTA DE LOS CHINOS / VEREA DE ENMEDIO

This is another of those places that have become popular in recent years. It is a passing street from where you can see the Alhambra in all its splendour. If you’re on your way to Sacromonte via the Verea de Enmedio, you’ll find it.

Mirador de la cuesta de los Chinos with views of the Alhambra

Less known and on the way to Sacromonte. It is nice to find these places on a walk through the AlbaicĂ­n.

MIRADOR DE SAN CRISTÓBAL

The San CristĂłbal viewpoint, located on the old Murcia road, is one of the highest viewpoints in the city. It offers unique views that include the AlbaicĂ­n, the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada. It is one of the few viewpoints from which you can see part of the old city wall, making it well worth a visit.

Mirador San Cristobal y muralla ziri de Granada

Before you the first medieval fence of the city of the AlbaicĂ­n, and therefore of Granada.

MIRADOR DE LA LONA

Follow our list of Granada’s viewpoints, now with views of the modern and contemporary city. The Mirador de la Lona overlooks the Zenete. This was one of the former quarters of the Zirid Madinat Garnata. It faces completely west, so you can imagine what the sunsets are like from there.

Mirador del carril de la Lona en Granada

Spectacular views of the city and the Vega of Granada await you from the carril de la Lona.

OJO DE GRANADA (MIRADOR CRUZ DE QUIRÓS)

It is known among young people as the Ojo de Granada, although its official name is not that. It is a very small square where barely 10 people can fit. The charm is its marvellous views, but the place is somewhat abandoned and full of graffiti.

Mirador del ojo de Granada

Mirador del Ojo de Granada.

PLACETA DEL ÁLAMO DEL MARQUÉS

Continuing with the viewpoints facing west, the Álamo del Marqués square is a still a quiet place. From here you can see the cathedral, the Vega and the mountains to the south. It has some benches where you can rest and archaeological remains from the Iberian period. The only problem is the opening hours, as it is built on an underground car park and the square is closed every night.

Mirador Alamo del Marques

The views are very similar to those of the Ojo de Granada, but the viewpoint of the Alamo del Marques is worth the visit.

PLACETA CRISTO DE LAS AZUCENAS

They also call it the viewpoint of Santa Isabel la Real because it is close to the convent. The views are not the most spectacular, but it is a large square in the centre of the AlbaicĂ­n. It has gardens in paratas (several levels) with water channels and geometric fountains of Arabic inspiration.

Mirador del Cristo de las Azucenas

A good option to see the Alcazaba of the Alhambra with Sierra Nevada in the background.

MIRADOR DE SAN NICOLÁS

A must on your first visit to Granada. Famous for having the best views of the Alhambra and for having one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. It is a very lively place where you can breathe a flamenco atmosphere thanks to the local artists who usually sing there. On weekends you can usually find a market of handicraft products, although if you don’t like crowds it’s best to visit it during the week.

Mirador de San Nicolas at sunset

The last rays of the sun over the Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop.

COURTYARD OF THE MEZQUITA MAYOR OF THE ALBAICÍN

Two steps beyond San NicolĂĄs, the new Great Mosque of the AlbaicĂ­n was built. You can visit the landscaped courtyard, which offers views very similar to those from the San NicolĂĄs viewpoint. There you can sit and relax on the edge of the flowerbeds planted with typical Andalusian species: olive, lavender, pomegranate, orange and lemon trees. This is a good option when San NicolĂĄs is in full swing.

Mirador de la Mezquita del Albaicin

This peace can be felt on a weekday morning at the Mirador de la Mezquita del Albaicin.

PLACETA DEL COMINO

And we arrive at one of our favourite viewpoints in Granada. We don’t know if it could really be considered a viewpoint, although it has some of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city. It is a small square, secluded and enveloped by vegetation in spring and summer. The Alhambra towers over the wall of the carmen opposite, revealing its full profile.

placeta del comino en el albaicin

Placeta del Comino, a secluded viewpoint in the Albaicin.

PLACETA DE CARVAJALES

Plazaleta de Albaicineros and almost always frequented by young people and travellers with a free soul. It’s not uncommon to hear flamenco chords and flamenco quejĂ­os. The centre of the square is crossed by an elongated canal that simulates the pools and ditches of the Andalusian houses and palaces. The square also has two fountains: a modern fountain at the top and a historic pillar at the bottom.

Placeta de los Carvajales with the Alcazaba reflected in the water

This is a frequent photo of the Placeta de los Carvajales among those who observe in detail every corner.

PLAZA DE LA VICTORIA

Almost in line with the great tower of Comares (the tallest tower in the Alhambra), the Plaza de la Victoria is definitely a quiet place. Perhaps the square itself is not one of the prettiest because it has lost some of the large trees it once had. However, the views and the peace of the place make up for it. In the AlbaicĂ­n guide we tell you more about the history of this square.

Vista general de la placeta de la Victoria

Quiet and shady square in the summer afternoons in what was the orchard of the convent of La Victoria del AlbaicĂ­n.

SACROMONTE VIEWPOINTS

Many of Granada’s viewpoints are to be found in the Sacromonte district. Let’s discover them.

MIRADOR DEL CAMINO DEL SACROMONTE

As you climb the first slope of the Sacromonte path you will find this viewpoint. Unlike the viewpoints in the AlbaicĂ­n, the Sacromonte viewpoints are located across from the Generalife. The Alhambra is still there, but now we can see it from a different perspective. It is not a place to stop much because of its proximity to the road.

Mirador del Sacromonte

Viewpoint on the road to Sacromonte in winter.

PLACETA DE LA LOMILLA

It is a tiny square where only a bench and a water fountain fit. Located in the Verea de Enmedio, where the views are a constant feature, it is a place with a special charm.

Mirador de la placeta de la Lomilla

Mirador de la placeta de la Lomilla on one of those days when the snow surprises Granada (© ALE Alepeich).

MARIO MAYA’S VIEWPOINT

Also in the “Verea de Enmedio” is the Mirador de Mario Maya. Although he was not born in Granada, this city has a special link and appreciation for the choreographer and flamenco dancer. Prickly pears, purple trees in spring, a painter with an easel or the sound of a flamenco guitar are some of the hallmarks of this viewpoint in Sacromonte.

Mirador de Mario Maya

Mirador de Mario Maya, to the right would be the Alhambra, but we loved the parapet under the spring purple of Granada.

THE CHUMBERA

La Chumbera is a municipal facility with caves, a large terrace and a spectacular auditorium with the Alhambra as a backdrop. It occasionally hosts events and is home to the Manolete International Flamenco School. You won’t be able to enter the auditorium but the views from the terrace are fantastic.

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NAMELESS VIEWING POINT

It has no name, or at least that we know of! Ascending along the dirt tracks that lead up behind La Chumbera, you come to a small esplanade with a bench made of masonry. The viewpoint is surrounded by large pine trees and caves, many of which are inhabited. You will have the sensation of leaving the city. Groups of friends often gather here to watch some of the most beautiful sunsets in Granada. If you continue up the mountain you will find a similar place. It is probably one of the lesser-known viewpoints in Granada.

Mirador en el Sacromonte al atardecer

Above Sacromonte, in about 15 to 20 minutes you can go up to places like this.

SACROMONTE ABBEY VIEWS

If you walk to Sacromonte Abbey, you like to explore. From up therethere are two unique views. One is the Darro valley below: with the Alhambra and Sacromonte overlooking the river. Another Darro valley above: with a landscape of orchards, Sierra Nevada and the irrigation ditches that carried water to the Alhambra on the opposite slope.

Mirador de la Abadia del Sacromonte

The viewpoint of the Abadia del Sacromonte is an ideal place to contemplate the city of Granada from a distance.

VIEWPOINTS NEAR THE ALHAMBRA

Let’s now take a walk near the Alhambra, but focusing on the viewpoints. We also have an article to get to know other exciting places around the Alhambra, in it we tell you a little bit of history about the places that come next.

MIRADOR DE LA SILLA DEL MORO

We start to climb to reach the highest and most unknown viewpoints of Granada. La Silla del Moro is almost a balcony overlooking the city in a natural setting. We tell you more about this place in the post we recommended before.

Viewpoint from the Silla del Moro

Viewpoint from the Silla del Moro above the Alhambra.

DAR AL-ARUSA VIEWPOINT

This was the site of a former Nasrid palace of which some archaeological remains are preserved but, unfortunately, cannot be visited. It is reached by climbing up a dirt track through a reforested pine forest. We can consider it the highest viewpoint in Granada, unless you can tell us about a higher one.

Mirador de Dar al Arusa

To see the Alhambra from above, either get on a plane or go up to the ancient ruins of Dar al Arusa.

PERIURBANO VIEWPOINT IN THE DEHESA DEL GENERALIFE

You have to walk a little further to reach this balcony overlooking the Darro Valley. If you decide to visit this viewpoint, be prepared with comfortable clothes and sports shoes. It is conditioned with a balustrade to prevent falls and an information panel.

Mirador de la Acequia Real

Viewpoint over the Acequia Real, little known places in Granada.

MIRADOR DEL BARRANCO DEL ABOGADO

Situated on a spur of the Barranco del Abogado ravine and facing the sunset. During the Middle Ages this area was a Muslim cemetery and many burial kerbs have been found here. This viewpoint is worth a visit if you are going up or down from the Alhambra by car, or if you are walking around the surrounding area. It is a bit far from the centre. It has a small car park which can be crowded because there is a restaurant just below the viewpoint.

Mirador del Barranco del Abogao

Mirador del Barranco del Abogado with the Sierra de Parapanda in the background.

MIRADOR DE ALIXARES

Still in the surroundings of the Alhambra is the viewpoint of Alixares. Alixares was a Nasrid palace, but it is not located in this place, but in the cemetery of San José (see it in the next section). If you like solitude this is the place for you, it is really difficult to find visitors at this viewpoint.

Mirador de Alixares

Mirador de Alixares in one of our tailor-made guided tours.

SAN JOSÉ CEMETERY VIEWPOINTS

If we climb to the highest part of the cemetery in Granada we will find several large windows in the wall. They look out over the valley of the river Genil and part of the Sierra Nevada. The “camino de los Neveros” (path of the Neveros) used to go up the mountain you will see just in front of you. This route was used in the 19th century to bring ice down to the Sierra Nevada to preserve fish. Behind these windows you can visit the remains of the medieval palace of Alixares.

Mirador del cementerio de Granada

The sunset is approaching at the viewpoint of the cemetery of Granada.

MIRADOR TORRES BERMEJAS

Next to the Bermejas Towers, on the side facing the Alhambra forest, there is a small parapet from which to contemplate the AlbaicĂ­n. It is a very quiet place, and few people venture up here. These towers formed part of the city’s defensive system and were connected to the Alhambra by a stretch of wall.

Mirador desde las Torres Bermejas

Viewpoint under the Bermejas Towers, another way to see the AlbaicĂ­n.

OTHER VIEWS FROM GRANADA

TORREON VIEWPOINT

A forgotten place that has the enchantment of abandoned places, ruins, views and history. The pavilion or gazebo that is preserved today was part of a Jesuit installation from the 19th century. However, the latest archaeological research has confirmed the existence of an almunia or rural palace from the Nasrid period. In addition, the Aynadamar irrigation channel used to pass through here and in Roman times it was an area of potteries (ceramic kilns). It is off the beaten tourist track as it is on the Cartuja university campus, but it is an unforgettable place.

Mirador de Torreon de Cartuja

Someday the viewpoint of Torreon de Cartuja will be restored, for the moment it is like visiting the ancient ruins of an old palace.

PALACE OF QUINTA ALEGRE

The Quinta Alegre is a classicist palace from the early 20th century that is really beautiful and well-kept. Like the previous one, it is off any conceivable tourist route. However, its views are unique, as they allow you to see the Realejo crowned by the three greats of the area: the Torres Bermejas, the RodrĂ­guez Acosta Foundation and the Alhambra Palace. Admission to the gardens is free, but opening hours are reduced.

Palacio de Quinta Alegre

From the palace of Quinta Alegre we see the Cathedral of Granada, the Realejo, the Torres Bermejas, the Carmen de los RodrĂ­guez Acosta, etc…

STREETS WHERE YOU’LL TURN AROUND AND YOU’LL BE AMAZED

Many of Granada’s streets are as spectacular as the usual viewpoints. Sometimes we walk up the hill or up the steps and don’t notice what we are leaving behind. You only have to turn around to find moments like this. We will dedicate a full article to these magical places in the AlbaicĂ­n later on.

Calle de granada con vistas

Sometimes you have to turn around when walking up a street in Granada.

OVERLOOKING ROUTES

And now we are going to propose several walking routes to discover the viewpoints of Granada. Most of them run through pedestrian areas. Remember that you have the routes and drinking fountains on the map and if you are looking for a guided tour of the city, we are experts in this!

ROUTE THROUGH THE REALEJO

This is a circular route starting from the statue of Isabel la CatĂłlica. We will ascend the Mauror through narrow and steep streets. On this ascent we will pass the Lavadero de la Placeta del Sol to reach Torres Bermejas. With this we will have completed the hardest climb of the route. We will continue to the Alhambra Palace Hotel and its beautiful views and from there to the Carmen de los MĂĄrtires. Here we will spend some time strolling through the gardens and enjoying the sculptures, ponds and viewpoints.

Now begins the descent. We’ll do it through the Antequeruela Baja to take long stairs between the cĂĄrmenes del Realejo. From these stairs you can also enjoy beautiful views of the city. Once at the bottom, we have made a route that allows us to pass through the Campo del PrĂ­ncipe, the shed and church of Santo Domingo and even the Casa los Girones until we reach our starting point.

  • Route: 4 km.
  • Duration: between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the pace and what we want to entertain ourselves in each place.
  • Difficulty: medium, it runs along steep streets, with stairs and cobblestones.

ALBAICIN AND SACROMONTE ROUTE

This route starts in Plaza Nueva and climbs rapidly up the western slope of the AlbaicĂ­n. We will visit some lesser known viewpoints overlooking the city and the vega. Once in the lane of La Lona we will have climbed the steepest part of our route. Strolling through the AlbaicĂ­n we will pass by legendary places such as the Palace of Dar al-Horra, the Aljibe del Rey or the Hermitage of San Cecilio. We arrive at San NicolĂĄs and the Great Mosque of the AlbaicĂ­n.

We now cross over to reach Sacromonte itself, passing the viewpoint of the Cuesta de los Chinos and the viewpoint of the Camino del Sacromonte. Once again, we will return to the Albaicín to continue strolling through the streets. Keeping our height so as not to have to go up and down too much we will pass by the Church of San Juan de los Reyes, the Mirador de los Carvajales, the Placeta del Cobertizo and the Convent of Santa Inés.

  • Route: 3.5 km.
  • Duration: between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the pace and what we want to entertain ourselves in each place.
  • Difficulty: medium, it runs along steep streets, with stairs and cobblestones.

ROUTES THROUGH THE VIEWPOINTS AROUND THE ALHAMBRA

If you want to know the viewpoints near the Alhambra, we recommend you to read the post “Around the Alhambra“. Here we will propose you several routes in which we take into account the best viewpoints of the landscape.

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MAP OF THE MIRADORS OF GRENADA

And here you have the map to visit all the viewpoints of Granada. Remember that you can activate and deactivate the layers to use the map more comfortably. We have also added the nearby drinking water sources to the routes we propose.

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