Best Day Trips from Granada

Best Day Trips from Granada

Best Day Trips from Granada

The Mediterranean coastline city, Granada, is popular for its Moorish legacy and history. Having remained a culturally and politically important city during the Islamic reign, this influence can easily be seen in the towns in and around the borders of Granada. The place is a melting pot of all the cultures pertaining to Islam, Jews, and Christian.

After going through ins and outs of the city, you can go for many day trips which can easily be accessed. The list of best day trips from Granada begins here:

1. Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada is a 75km stretched snow-capped line of peaks. Best known for skiing in winters and trekking in summers, this day trip from Granada is ideal for adrenaline junkies! Also, Sierra Nevada homes Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada, the largest national park of Spain! The area is rich in flora and preserves around 7000 species of them! To reach the Sierra Nevada from Granada, you can catch a bus, hire a taxi or rent a car for about 40-45 minutes.

2. Alpujarra

In the shadows of Sierra Nevada lies the region called Alpujarra. Being replete with lush green valleys and gorges that give the area a different landscape from barren foothills, the main highlights of the place are its villages and towns. The buildings and houses here still retain the centuries-old Moorish designs and are white-washed. Also, the place is ideal for hiking and other mountain adventures. If lucky enough, you can get to watch some wildlife here! Bus, taxi and self-drive options are available to reach the destination from Granada. It will take around 45 minutes to reach Alpujarra.

3. Nusa Penida

Penida is the third among the marvellous Nusa islands, unarguably famous for its natural and untouched beauty. Far away from the commercialised beaches, this island serves as a bird sanctuary and the best place for bird watching. Guarding the endangered Bali Starling, Nusa Penida is a known haven for birdlife. The Giri Putri Caves have a spiritual vibe to them, paying tribute to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. If you are a lover of natural architecture, your heart will definitely skip a beat looking at the majestic limestone and stalactites! Speedboats from various hubs in Bali such as Sanur, Padang Bai and Benoa Harbour will take you to your destination within minutes. Local boats might take around 90 minutes for the same journey.

4. Ronda

One of the towns of Andalusia, Ronda is written down on the pages of literature due to its relations with Ernest Hemingway. Being the photogenic town, Ronda makes for a perfect day-trip from Granada. Perched atop the mountain and sitting over a deep ravine, the place has a lot to offer to its tourists. The picturesque Puente Nuevo Bridge connecting Moorish bit and el Mercadillo offers a great view of Tajo Gorge. Other places to visit are- Plaza De Toros, Mirador De Aldehuela Y Balcon Del Cono, and Jardines De Cuenca. The journey to Ronda can easily be covered via train, rideshare, taxi, or car in 2.5 hours.

5. El Caminito Del Rey

Little path of a king, El Caminito Del Rey is meant for people who strive for heights. This newly open place is the most dangerous hiking trail in Spain, therefore, recommended to people having no height fears! The trail is along the El Chorro Gorge cliffs and rocks and is 100 km above the ground. It takes about 3 or 4 hours to complete the hiking route and can be walked alongside a guide and safety harnesses. To reach the destination in a minimum time of 1 hour 45 minutes, you can hire a taxi or rent a car for self-drive.

6. Cordoba

The old Roman city of Spain, Cordoba is one of the best day trips that can be arranged from Granada. But the place not only has Roman kingdom roots, but also Moorish kingdom lies beneath it. The Islamic inspired architecture and Spanish influenced churches are worth seeing while in Cordoba. The best tourist places in the town are – Mosque-Cathedral, Alcazar De Los Reyes Cristianos, the Synagogue and Roman Bridge. All in all, the place is a perfect intersection of Jewish, Islamic and Christian culture! The available options to reach the town of Cordoba from Granada are via train, bus, rideshare or drive. You can reach the town in just 2h 15m.

7. Malaga

Located on Costa del Sol, Malaga is the most happening and vibrant city to visit. Its youthful air and shining paths attract tourists from all over the country! Malaga is best known as the town of Picasso and now homes many art galleries and is drowned in the ocean of fashion. The district of Soho is known to be an art district. Also, the town is known for its taste in food, music at bars and for splendid culture. From Granada, it will take minimum 1 hour 40 minutes to reach Malaga via bus, train, rideshare, taxi or self-drive.

Granada houses some really amazing day trips and is also low on price. Mountains, beaches, galleries, cathedrals, mosques, and festive shows, Granada makes you walk on narrow and beautiful streets and has fine delicacies to offer. Granada indeed is the heartbeat of Spain!

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