If your visit to Granada does not coincide with spring or summer, it is likely that at some point you will have some rain, at least for a while. And although it is true that when we travel we don’t usually like it to rain, we can turn this circumstance into an opportunity to do different things and visit places that, otherwise, might not be on our list of visits in the city of the Alhambra. So write down the places and plans for rainy days that we tell you in this post. You can also check our guided tour of the Alhambra in the link.
Rain or not, you can’t stop visiting the Alhambra. If you have not bought your ticket in advance, you can try to plan your visit at a time when it is not raining, but if, as is recommended, you already have your ticket with the date and time of your visit, you should know that there are buses that leave you directly at the entrance door of the Alhambra, so you will avoid the rain for very little money. Most of the visit is under cover and even in the Palace of Carlos V you can walk around without getting wet. However, we recommend that you come back another time to enjoy the walk outside the palace and climb the towers, as the views are well worth it.
If after seeing the Alhambra you want to feel like a real Nazari, one of the best plans that Granada can offer you is to spend the afternoon in the Arab baths. It is a relaxing and romantic option to do in Granada on a rainy day: during two hours you will only have to dedicate yourself to relax and enjoy the baths at different temperatures and the massages with essential oils. These buildings were used for personal hygiene during the 10th to 14th centuries, but now they have been recovered as a place to enjoy for locals and visitors. For its location very close to the Paseo de los Tristes and its traditional architecture, we recommend Hammam Al Andalus. We assure you that it will be a very special experience.
The museums are the great allies on rainy days as they allow us to take shelter while discovering the rich historical and artistic heritage of the cities we visit, and Granada has a lot of that and good. If you are travelling as a child, you can opt for a visit to the Science Park, which has interactive rooms and exhibitions adapted to the little ones in the house, so that they can have fun discovering science. The Museum of Fine Arts is in the Alhambra enclosure and the Archaeological Museum occupies a house with a beautiful courtyard with beautiful views of the fortified city. Of course, you can also take shelter by visiting the Cathedral or the Royal Chapel, while you contemplate the tomb of the Catholic Kings.
There are many ways to get away from the rain in the many and varied places that Granada has to offer.
With how easy and cheap it is to get the right tapas in Granada, the only thing you will want is more time to enjoy your meal. In all bars in the city offer a generous free tapas with your drink, so you can eat rich and cheap, you can not ask for more. We recommend one of the bars in the centre, for example in the area of Calle Elvira, which is not only beautiful but also close by in case you want to extend your meal in one of the nearby tea shops.
Granada is the city of tea shops. These places, decorated in the Moorish style with coloured glass lamps, sofas, cushions, damascened curtains and lacquered wooden furniture are a perfect plan to pass the time if the rain surprises us on our visit to Granada, although we recommend that you save some time to visit a tea shop even if it is brightly lit. The teas are served in silver teapots and carved trays and many also offer Arab sweets, crepes and smoothies. Around C/ Elvira and in the streets Calderería Vieja and Calderería Nueva you have many options to choose from.
Sitting down to eat a good chocolate with churros can be one of the most satisfying experiences in our visit to Granada. It is an ideal plan if we go with children, but adults can still enjoy it. A good place to take them is Bib Rambla square, one of the most beautiful in the center of the city, a few steps from the cathedral. Its terraces are open and acclimatized all year round, so there are no excuses.