ERNEST HEMINGWAY once said, “If you were to visit just one city in Spain, it should be Granada.” We couldn’t agree more. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is just a 40-minute drive from the Mediterranean Sea. Home of The Alhambra, the most visited attraction in Spain, the food is excellent (think of a mix of classic Spanish and Middle Eastern cuisines), and it’s considered one of the most affordable cities to travel to in the country. Many of the best things to do in Granada are found on Airbnb Experiences. Here are our favorites.
Learn how to bake Arab pastries following the host’s family recipe (and enjoy tea)
Awita (Nuria), the host, is the perfect embodiment of the well-known Arab hospitality. She grew up helping her grandparents in the kitchen of a small restaurant in El Albaycin (the old Arab quarter of the city), and that’s how she learned the art of making these tasty treats that, after the workshop, you’ll be able to make, too — even if your baking skills are as weak as mine. While the sweets are in the oven, you’ll enjoy a delicious traditional tea in Awita’s delightful kitchen, while listening to her stories about the city, her family, and what to do in Granada.
Price: from $34 per person
Learn Granada history through this immersive street art tour
“The walls always speak the language of its inhabitants, reflecting their culture.” This is how Hadrien, the host, introduced us to this incredible Granada Airbnb Experiences street art tour. Hadrien is a French man who’s passionate about art and history. His tours are small (eight people max), which allows for deeper interaction and a more organic way to experience the art and the discussions around it. His knowledge of street art is impressive, and he intertwines it with the history of Granada and Spain and the latest news of the street art international scene. Guests particularly love learning about Granada native artist Niño de las Pinturas.
Price: from $29 per person
Watch the sunset over Granada and the mountains while soaking in natural hot springs
I loved this spa experience so much I did it twice, on two different trips. The pools are located next to a protected natural area called Dehesas de Santa Fe, surrounded by olive tree plantations and fig trees. The water has a constant 38°C temperature, and by the end of the adventure, you’ll see the sunset over Granada and the Sierra Nevada. Many we saw in the springs were either from a nearby community of people that live off-grid in motorhomes and vans, or locals who had interesting, funny stories to share. The host Thomas is a world traveler from Belgium who is a foremost expert in navigating the confusing layout of the region, meaning you’ll soak in the best springs away from big crowds.
Price: from $49 per person
Take the best sunset photos over The Alhambra from Albayzín and Sacromonte
I recently spent two weeks slow-traveling in Granada and I can tell you that the best way to discover these two iconic neighbors is by getting lost in the narrow streets. If your time is limited, I strongly suggest you take this tour. Sergio combines his knowledge of history with the most impeccable storytelling ability of any Airbnb experiences in Granada that makes a great introduction to the multicultural, complex story of the city. The tour stops at all the viewpoints, and the Granada sunsets are simply amazing. Your Instagram followers won’t be disappointed.
Price: From $18 per person
Feel all the flamenco feelings in these Airbnb Experiences in Granada with a real “bailaora”
This is a fun, laid-back class led by Erika, an experienced bailaora (flamenco dancer) who truly enjoys sharing his passion with others. This will be a great first approach at expressing your emotions using the language of flamenco, the signature music of Andalusia (as Erika says, “this class is not about technique, it’s about communicating your emotions.”) You’ll learn the basics of the music and the dance, and then you’ll work on a choreography that you can record to take home with you to practice when you miss the sunshine of Southern Spain.
Price: From $31 per person