Granada With Kids: What To Know Before You Go
Granada With Kids
The main reason for visiting Granada is to see the Alhambra. Once you finish The Alhambra Granada is a charming mountainous city to explore. The culture is all it’s own, with traditional Spanish influences and the influence of the Muslim folk who used to live here. Sometimes I forgot I was in Spain and felt more like I was visiting Morocco. Don’t leave without getting some shawarma!
Stroller or Baby Backpack?
A baby backpack would be a better choice for this city. The Alhambra doesn’t allow strollers and many of the hikes / walks we wanted to do weren’t stroller-friendly. Luckily everything you want to see is quite compact, so you won’t be carrying your child too far.
Where to Stay:
If you can, see if you can work out a home exchange. Spain is very popular with the home exchange crowd! If not, here are some good places to stay that hopefully won’t break the bank! We really enjoyed staying right next to The Alhambra. The place we stayed is listed first. It was a bit cramped, but the views and the location more than made up for it.
Book in Advance
The only thing you’ll need to book in advance is The Alhambra. Cannot emphasize this enough. You simply won’t be able to see it if you don’t book a ticket! If the tickets for your dates are sold out, check out the Granada card. You’ll pay a bit more but it includes public transit and a few other sites. A bit of advice: try to avoid booking anything timed for the first few days as you don’t know how jet lag is going to affect your kids and you don’t want to risk missing your reservation.
Movies / Books to Prep For Your Trip
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade: They used The Alhambra for many scenes!
Conan The Barbarian: I’ve never seen this, nor do I have any desire to, but apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger spent some time in Granada.
Memories of the Alhambra: This is a recent Korean drama that filmed all over Granada and heavily features The Alhambra. Even though it’s in a different language, I had no problem getting super into it using the subtitles. When we visited The Alhambra there were a ton of Korean tour groups and we couldn’t figure out why. Apparently this show is one of the most widely watched K-dramas ever and has greatly increased tourism to Granada! Warning: fair amount of video game style violence.
The Queen’s Vow by C. W. Gortner: History of Queen Isabella of Castile
The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner: History of Juana of Castile
Court of Lions by Jane Johnson: Modern story about a lady who ventures to The Alhambra to get away from it all.
Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving: A classic! This American author visited The Alhambra and then wrote about it in a series of vivid short stories.
Tales of the Alhambra for Children by Miguel Angel Gonzalez: Irving’s classic adapted for children.
The Alhambra Told to Children by Ricardo Villa Real
What Life was Like in the Alhambra by Ana Campos
To get yourself further organized, see our sample itinerary and tips for arrival for this amazing city.