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Granada's viewpoints

  • Mirador de San Nicolás, Granada © Turespaña

    Mirador de San Nicolás, Granada © Turespaña

  • Mirador de los Carvajales, Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

    Mirador de los Carvajales, Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

  • Mirador de San Cristóbal, Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

    Mirador de San Cristóbal, Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

  • Mirador de Santa Isabel la Real, Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

    Mirador de Santa Isabel la Real, Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

  • Mirador de Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

    Mirador de Granada © Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Granada

  
  


"“Give him alms, woman, for there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada. ..."

“Give him alms, woman, for there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada.” You will find these lines by the poet Francisco Asís de Icaza in the Alhambra, in the gardens at the entrance to the Alcazaba. As soon as you visit the city’s different viewpoints you will see just how true they are.

The Mirador de San Nicolás is the most iconic viewpoint in Granada. Located in the Albaicín district, it offers a spectacular view of the Alhambra and the Granada plains, with the backdrop of Sierra Nevada. When former US President Bill Clinton saw it, he called it “the most beautiful sunset in the world”.

Nearby are two more viewpoints: Placeta del Comino and Santa Isabel la Real, next to the convent of the same name. The latter is a quiet and peaceful place, with fountains and a cobbled pavement, typical of Granada. And to see a different landscape, not dominated by the Alhambra, you don’t need to go very far. Mirador de la Lona, offers views of the Cathedral and the monastery of San Jerónimo.

From the highest point

The highest viewpoint in Granada is San Miguel Alto. From this point you can see a sweeping panorama of the city and its surroundings. There is a steep climb to reach it, but the amazing views are well worth it. It is next to the chapel of San Miguel Alto, which the residents of Albaicín visit in procession every 29 September.

At the top of the Albaicín district is the Mirador de San Cristóbal. As well as a view of the Alhambra, this point also overlooks the upper part of the Albaicín district itself, including the 11th century city walls built by the Zirid dynasty. The Mirador de la Churra is another viewpoint with views of this historic district.

In the lower part of the Albaicín district, the Mirador de Los Carvajales offers a magnificent low-angle view of the Alhambra and Generalife. This little square becomes lively in the late afternoons, and people often gather here to sing and play flamenco music.

There are many more places to enjoy the city’s unique beauty: the mirador de Granada, Puerta del Sol, and Cruz Rauda viewpoints are just a few examples. Whichever place you choose, you are sure to be rewarded by a fantastic view.

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