Downtown Granada Walk With Kids
Activity: Downtown Granada Walk. How to Get There: Start at The Granada Cathedral. Cost: Free. Hours: Anytime, but best in the early evenings.
This walk will take you through some of the essential downtown Granada sights. This is a very walkable city because the city center is so compact. As always, take your time and let the kids lead as needed!
Start at The Granada Cathedral. It’s huge and like many Catholic churches, sits where a mosque once stood before the Christians tore it down during the Reconquista. We went through it and I found the interior forgettable, but if you’re into big Catholic churches go ahead and tour it.
Once you’ve properly admired the church, find Plaza de Bib-Rambla. It’s a big plaza two blocks behind the cathedral. We had a fun time running around here and the flowers are beautiful! In the southeast corner there is a cute new bakery that serves good churros con chocolate. Would highly recommend keeping a stock of baby wipes handy if you have a toddler with you.
After everyone is reasonably clean, head down Calle Zacatin. On your left you will see the Alcaiceria, which anciently was a Muslim silk market. Now it’s a tourist silk market but it’s still magical. Pop in and explore some of the wares, but watch out for pickpockets and people who try to shove stuff into your hands and make you pay for it.
Continue on Calle Zacatin until you get to Calle Gran Via de Colon. Turn right and you’ll see Queen Isabella and Columbus. Columbus is asking her to fund his voyage around the world. Both these people died thinking Columbus had found India!
Follow Calle Reyes Catolicos toward Plaza Nueva. This is a fun place to hang out and get gelato. I planned you treats every other stop. The shawarma in this area is also very delicious. This is a big hippie hangout, but apparently many of the hippies you see with their dogs and guitars are actually children of rich Northern Spanish families determined to disappoint their parents. Continue on past the big church on your left. Up the hill to your right, you will see The Alhambra! Our free stuff at The Alhambra Walk starts from here.
Continue on Carrera del Darro. This road is one of the most beautiful areas in Granada. I love the stone work, the bridges, and the view of The Alhambra! This road is also called Paseo de los Tristes (Walk of the Sad Ones) because it’s the route medieval people would march their dead relatives from the cathedral to the cemetery at the edge of town.
Finish at the big plaza with fountains and a show-stopping view of The Alhambra. This is an excellent place to hang out and let the kids burn off energy so they fall asleep quickly tonight.