6 Best Things to Do in Granada in Autumn

group of people waling near river in granada in autumn
Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Granada. The sun is bright and the temperature is warm during the day.

walk in nature in granada in autumn
If you want to enjoy a special visit these guided tours offer unique opportunity to discover Granada.

Alhambra + Albaicín + Sacromonte Tour: a combination of the complete tour of the Alhambra (Palaces, Alcazaba, Generalife) + the Albaicín + the Sacromonte.

Albaicin and Sacromonte Guided Tour: discover this old arab quarter of Granada with this guided tour.

However, you should take a jacket or jumper because it gets quite chilly at night and early in the morning.

1. Relax on the Beach at Costa Tropical

a couple sitting near the sea on the tropical coast The Costa Tropical is still a great destination in September and October, when there are many sunny days and temperatures can reach 30 degrees.

This is certainly the best time to relax and enjoy a quiet day on the beach, since summer holidaymakers have already returned home.

The Mediterranean Sea is now warmer than at the beginning of the summer in Almuñécar, Salobreña or La Herradura, and it shows its most beautiful colours now.

Insider tip: high season is over by mid September, when accommodation prices become more affordable and you could find great deals.

2. Immerse Yourself in the Virgen de las Angustias Festivities

virgen angustias church flowers September is a great time to visit the beautiful Basilica de las Angustias. During this month the Virgen de las Angustias festivities are held.

There are popular religious and non-religious activities taking place, such as the popular floral tribute, a solemn procession and the traditional autumn market.

On the 15th of September, thousands of people come to the Basilica to place a bunch of flowers on its facade. It’s the Ofrenda Floral.

virgen angustias church The Basilica is full of flowers and the bells are tolling particularly loud these days.

It is the big moment everybody has been waiting for in Granada: the solemn procession of the Virgen de las Angustias. It´s held on the last Sunday of September together with the autumn market.

If you visit Granada these days, you will be able to experience the amazing atmosphere that makes this festivity such a great event.

Insider tip: try a piece of Torta de la Virgen at some local cafe or visit the autumn market and buy one to take home.

3. Enjoy the Alhambra and Step into its Forest

yellow leaves in front of the alhambra Autumn is one of the best times of the year to visit the Alhambra. The scorching hot days of August are gone and so are the herds of tourists.

The golden colours of autumn start to show up in the forest of the Alhambra, and it gives you the opportunity to feel how beautiful is this season in Granada.

The Alhambra is surrounded by a forest where more than 60 different type of trees grow together.

You will be able to step on a crunchy carpet of brown leaves coming from the chestnuts, poplars, elms and laurels.

Insider tip: sit on a bench and feel the lovely smell of autumn, enjoy its bright colours and hear the sound of water coming from nearby fountains and canals.

4. Discover a New Viewpoint at the Albaicín

ermita de san miguel alto The festivity of San Miguel Arcángel is celebrated in the Albaicín on 29 of September. It is a very popular event in Granada´s oldest neighbourhood.

The Romería de San Miguel is a colourful procession that attracts thousands of people.

They come from the heart of the Albaicín to the small chapel (Ermita de San Miguel Alto) located on top of Aceituno hill the last Sunday of September.

Insider tip: take the opportunity to visit the small chapel on top of the hill, you will discover one of the most beautiful and unknown viewpoint of Granada. Don’t miss it!

5. Enjoy the first snowflakes in Sierra Nevada

first snowfall in sierra nevada near virgen If you come to Granada in late autumn, you will probably be able to enjoy the first snowfalls in Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada ski resort is often the first one in Spain to open for the winter season. This usually takes place in November.

Whether you are keen on being one of the first who can ski in Spain, or just want to enjoy the amazing view of the Alhambra or the Albaicín framed by the snowy mountains of Sierra Nevada, this will be a golden opportunity.

Insider tip: the best photos of Granada are usually made at this time of the year, with a backdrop of autumn colours, blue skies and white capped mountains.

6. Walk the Alpujarra Beautiful Routes

alpujarras old arquitecture Hiking in the Alpujarra during the autumn is surely one of the best experiences you can have if you love nature.

In the Alpujarra you will find wonderful routes to enjoy some of the most beautiful views in Spain.

The Barranco de Poqueira displays an explosion of autumn colours while Sierra Nevada shows proudly its white summits.

The air smells of burning wood, fireplaces and roasted chestnuts. This land is full of very old chestnut trees.

In many villages, such as Capileira and Bubión, a Chestnut Festival is held at the beginning of November.

Insider tip: to celebrate All Saints Day a big amount of chestnuts and a typical liquor named "anis" are served at the main square of villages. Everybody is welcome!

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Page Updated: May 10, 2021


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