Among the must-do activities on any visit to Granada is a visit to its beautiful Renaissance Cathedral. A tour of its facilities is on every list of things to see and do in this idyllic city.
This important monument is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest and has been part of **Spain'**s Historical Heritage for decades. Beyond its status as a work of art and its impressive architecture, this temple is part of the evolution and history of Granada. So, as with the Alhambra, visiting this space is vital to understand the particular essence of Granada.
1. How much do tickets to Granada Cathedral cost?
One of the best things about visiting Granada is that, compared to other Spanish cities with similar tourist flow, it is a fairly affordable destination. In general, its attractions and monuments are reasonably priced considering all they have to offer.
The Cathedral of Granada is no exception to this rule, so, despite being an impressive architectural and historical monument, it has an economic price range and visitors make a basic contribution that helps the maintenance and conservation of the temple. I share the official prices below.
- Adults: Pay approximately 5€, whether visiting the monument on your own or as part of an organized tour.
- Accredited students: They pay 3.5€ if they are under 25 years old.
- People with disabilities: Special rate of €3.5 per individual.
- Children under 12 years old: Free admission.
Schools belonging to Granada and province can enter for free by appointment at a pre-established time.
2. Are there guided tours of the Cathedral of Granada, are they worth it?
Of course they are! Organized visits to the Cathedral of Granada are among the most popular excursions for tourists, only surpassed by guided tours to the Alhambra or tapas tours through the different neighborhoods of Granada.
I personally consider that exploring the Cathedral of Granada with a specialized guide is very worthwhile. In addition, most experiences of this type include not only the visit to the majestic Cathedral, but also to other outstanding monuments in the center of Granada.
By hiring this type of tour, you end up being part of an enriching experience that places each of the sites visited in its own historical and social context to help you understand the why of things and their relevance to the growth and evolution of the city.
Finally, the tours are organized on foot, to get to know and see more of the city. In addition, an expert guide accompanies you every step of the way and you can ask him any questions you may have.
3. How to get your tickets for the Granada Cathedral at the ticket office
You can get the tickets to visit the Cathedral directly at the ticket office of the temple. Normally, the lines are not very long unless you are visiting the city at a time of high tourist influx, such as spring or summer in Granada.
If you hire an organized tour, visits to this architectural enclave are usually, in most cases, included in the price of the experience. If you are not sure, contact the organizing company a few days before your trip to be on the safe side.
If you want to purchase tickets to visit the religious temple on your own, they are available for sale on this website.
4. Are tickets to the Cathedral of Granada included in any of the city's tourist passes?
Yes, the visit to the Cathedral of Granada is included in the Granada Card. When you buy this card you get a free pass for the main monuments of Granada and, additionally, certain transportation services.
The Granada Card includes: in addition to the Cathedral, you can also visit the Royal Chapel, the Cartuja, the Abbey of Sacromonte, the Science Park, the Casa de Zafra, the Alhambra, the Museum of Fine Arts, Bañuelo and many more.
The price: The approximate price of the Granada Card ranges from 40€ for 48 hours to 43€ for a 72 hour pass. This type of tourist pass is best used if you visit the city for several days, for example 2 days in Granada or more.
5. How to get to Granada Cathedral
The Cathedral of Granada is located in the center of the city, so getting to it is very easy and you will find several transportation alternatives.
When the intention is to really get to know the city, walking around the streets is the best alternative, especially in small cities like Granada. As I mentioned, the Cathedral is located right in the center of Granada, not far from other important attractions such as the Alhambra or the popular Calle del Darro.
However, if you are moving to the Cathedral of Granada from more distant areas, such as the Albaicín neighborhood, it is advisable to opt for an alternative means of transportation.
You can reach this area of the city using Granada's public transportation. Since it is the central area of the city, you will find several alternatives. These are the most important ones.
Granada Metro: The city of Granada has a single metro line that crosses the most important towns. If you use this service you should get off at the Méndez Núñez station located just 15 minutes walk from the Cathedral.
Granada Bus: One of the most used public transportation services by locals, as the public bus in Granada is highly efficient. If you decide to use this method of transportation, the lines that pass near the Cathedral are: line 21, line 33, line 4, line 8 and line N5. The nearest stops are the Plaza Nueva stop (just 1 minute walk from the Cathedral); the stops at Gran Vía 29 (2 minutes walk) and Gran Vía 14 (3 minutes walk).
6. Is it advisable to go to the Cathedral of Granada with children?
Yes! Children might find a visit to the cathedral and other important monuments in the surrounding area very interesting, especially if you hire a guided tour where an expert in Granada architecture and history will explain to all members of the family the most interesting aspects of the monument in a didactic and interesting way.
As for tickets, keep in mind that children under 12 years old do not pay to access the cathedral.
Anyway, if you go to the monument on your own and visit Granada with children, my recommendation is that you buy the tickets in advance, this way you avoid the access queue which is usually an uncomfortable situation for the little ones.
7. What you can't miss in the Cathedral of Granada
The Cathedral of Granada is a religious temple of impressive architecture full of decorative details, art and history.
With hundreds of interesting details I present the most interesting elements that any visit to the Cathedral should include, grouped in the following categories.
The facades of the Cathedral of Granada are divided into two groups: the main facade and the side facades. The main façade, designed by Alonso Cano, is described as a monumental Baroque structure composed of three spectacular façades that stand out for their symbolism, decoration and iconographic program, with reliefs of virgins and other religious figures.
The side doors, known as the minor doors of Siloé after the architect who designed them, are spectacular and well worth admiring up close.
The interior of the temple was built following the predominant style of the time, so when touring the Cathedral of Granada, you will find a predominantly Renaissance religious temple.
The interiors are characterized by high walls decorated with beautiful and large stained glass windows. The use of white on the walls with golden fleurons.
Collection of sculptures
Inside the Cathedral of Granada you will find a fabulous collection of wood carved sculptures belonging to the most brilliant baroque sculptors in Granada. Including the work of the architect and sculptor Alonso Cano.
8. How much time do you need to visit the Cathedral of Granada?
To visit the Cathedral of Granada alone and admire each of the areas in detail, you need to dedicate at least a full hour to the visit.
However, the usual and recommended way is to visit the Cathedral together with the Royal Chapel; visiting both monuments will take you about two hours.
Keep in mind that the free visits are almost always a little quieter and you run the risk of missing points of interest. This is another reason why I recommend hiring a guided tour.
If you hire the experience with an expert guide, the tour that includes visiting the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel and the Madrasa Palace(the Madrasa is an ancient Arab school) will take you just over two hours.
9. Granada Cathedral opening hours
The official opening hours of the Cathedral of Granada are from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:15 pm. On Sundays it opens its doors a little later, with a schedule that goes from 15h in the afternoon until 18:15h. Visits are available on a continuous schedule, without closing for lunch.
Being one of the most visited monuments in the city, the Cathedral of Granada is open to visitors all year round, except for very specific special dates. The opening hours are rarely modified in the annual calendar.
For example, you can expect a special schedule if you visit the city during the Holy Week vacations, as this religious temple always closes its doors to the public on Good Friday.
Likewise, if you visit Granada at Christmas time, it is possible that the schedules may be modified due to special liturgies.
10. Tips for visiting the Cathedral of Granada
To make your experience of visiting the Cathedral more enjoyable keep in mind the following tips.
Evaluate the time of your visit.
Spring is the best time for sightseeing in Granada, with pleasant weather. However, there are many tourists who tour the city at that time, so you should be prepared and have a well-organized travel agenda.
If you visit Granada in summer, you should keep in mind that during this time of the year the heat throughout Andalusia is stifling, so I would not recommend sightseeing during those months.
Visit the Cathedral of Granada for free
All monuments belonging to Granada's Christian heritage have their free entrance days.
You can visit the Cathedral of Granada for free on Tuesdays from 15:15h to 17:00h.
To visit the religious monument it is necessary to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance on the website of the Diocese of Granada.