What to see in Granada Part II

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Since my last post about sights in Granada you already know that I fell a bit in love with all the beautiful buildings and monuments there. This is the rest of the most important sights that I’d really recommend to see (with two little exceptions at the end). So, once again dive into this beautiful mixture of oriental and occidental culture and follow me to great man-made places on this earth!

Palacio Madraza

Located in the city center you find a building that consists not only of typical Arabic architecture but also presents a combination of Christian and Arabic styles. You’ll find one room completely decorated with Arabic ornaments and patterns, covered in gold and colours. Upstairs there’s a room that serves as a lecture hall for Granada’s university and you’ll discover Christian architecture that includes Arabic ornaments. You cannot go there on your own, so you have to pay for a guided tour but it’s really cheap and just a quick 15-20 minute tour with really some interesting facts about this place. Palacio Madraza is really a place where you find influences of both cultures that dominated or still dominate) Granada.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11.00AM – 2.00PM and 5.30PM – 8.30PM | Sunday 11.00AM – 2.00PM
  • Price: 2,50€

Basílica San Juan de Dios

I’ve never seen so much gold in my life. Ever. And I must say, it’s quite a beautiful colour if it wasn’t that expensive. Could look good on my wall. However, this place is really a must-see. No matter how boring you think sightseeing is, this is just amazing. So many details, may they be carved in stone or wood or made of glass or painted. Or covered in gold of course. It blew my mind to think about how much work this must have been. And as if this wouldn’t be enough, the basilica is also pretty big. Maybe not as big as a cathedral but still big enough to look impressive.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00AM – 1.00PM and 4.00PM – 7.00PM | Sunday 4.00PM – 7.00PM
  • Price: 5,00€

Fundación Francisco Ayala

This is something you can see completely free-of-charge. Basically it’s just a small building with beautiful Arabic architecture inside. It’s really nice to have alternatives to the Alhambra to see some great pieces of Arabic culture and art in Europe and it just amazes me to see how Arabic and European culture flow together the more you go south. The Fundación Francisco Ayala also has a nice outside garden full of orange trees. Unfortunately they were not ripe yet but it’s still a beautiful place to sit and have a little snack.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9.00AM – 3.00PM
  • Price: free

Bañuelos and Monasterio San Jeronimo

As both the Bañuelos (the Arabic baths) and the Monasterio San Jeronimo are often included in sightseeing lists, I thought I’d onclude them as well – just to lower your expectations a bit. In my opinion, paying entry for these two sights is not worth it even though it’s just a couple of Euros. The Bañuelos are great to take pictures but that is actually it. As you can modify light and shadows with a camera, this place looks more impressive on pictures than it really is. The only cool thing about it is that they have tablets ready for visitors to take a virtual tour and see how the Bañuelos looked when they were still being used by the Arabic people.
As for the Monasterio, this was really a place that I found quite boring. Some rooms and halls with a Jesus statue and some paintings and a little courtyard which actually looked nice to be honest. Still, I wouldn’t go there again and except if you’re really into religious and historic places and already have read all there is about the Monasterio so you wanna see this incredibly meaningful place live and in colour, I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • Opening Hours Bañuelos: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00AM – 2.00PM
  • Opening Hours Monasterio: in summer Monday – Friday 10.00AM – 1.30PM and 4.00PM – 7.30PM
    in winter Monday – Friday 10.00AM – 1.30PM and 3.00PM – 6.30PM
    both summer and winter:Saturday and Sunday 10.00AM – 2.30PM and 3.00PM – 6.30PM
  • Price: Bañuelos 2,25€ / Monasterio 3,00€

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