The Alhambra and all its landmarks, the Generalife, the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba and the Medina; even the smallest villages are dazzling. Many tourists agree that visiting Granada in autumn is a good option because it is the best time of the year. Between September and November, temperatures are much more pleasant and the influx of people is lower. In addition, in September the city offers multiple recreational and cultural activities to please and entertain all its visitors.
1. 1001 musics in "September in the Generalife"
If you visit Granada, whether at this time of the year or another, one of your mandatory stops is the Alhambra, that yes we recommend that you book your tickets for the Alhambra and the Generalife or a guided tour of both the Alhambra and the Generalife well in advance online.
But if you plan your trip to the city is in September, you can not miss the concert series '1001 musics' within the framework of "September in the Generalife", which usually takes place throughout this month. It is a whole proposal of concerts with some of the best artists of the moment that are held on the stage of the Generalife Theater. A cultural event that was born in 2020 and that bets on musical quality and cultural excellence within an incomparable setting such as the Alhambra in Granada. In the last editions gathered artists as renowned as Ara Malikian, Luz Casal, Andrés Calamaro or Pablo López.
2. Get to know one of the treasures of nature in Granada, the Alpujarra.
The Alpujarra of Granada is worth visiting by booking an excursion from Granada, thanks to which you will learn about its history and culture through the beautiful villages that form it: Lanjarón, Pampaneira, the Poqueira Valley, Bubión and Capileira. You will walk through its steep streets and narrow paths with a local guide who will tell you all the details of the area, how the locals live, what are the most typical foods, the most common activities...
Discover the Andalusian legacy of this mountainous region that will surprise you from the beginning of the excursion. About 100 km that you will travel by bus and has a duration of about 7 hours approximately. An ideal plan for these dates due to the pleasant temperatures that are maintained in late summer and early autumn throughout the province of Granada.
3. Enjoy the still warm beaches when you arrive in Granada
One of the first things you have to see and do in Granada, in this case in September, is to walk along the coast. Although it may sound a bit strange to visit the coast in Autumn, the truth is that it is the best time of the year to do it. At the beginning of September the temperatures have dropped a bit but the sea is still warm thanks to the sun that it received during the summer.
As it is a season in which the vacations are coming to an end, the coasts remain a bit desolate. The low influx of people makes visiting the beaches at this time of the year one of the best experiences of your trip.
4. Enjoy the Musketeers of the Blessed Sacrament in Lecrín
Among all the excursions around Granada we recommend that the first weekend of September you go to the festivities in Lecrín. The festivity of the Musketeers of the Holy Sacrament is one of those experiences that you have to live if you are visiting Granada in September. If you book an excursion to the Lecrín Valley from Granada at this time of the year it will be a success; and besides, this excursion offers you a tasting of olive oils.
The commemoration, also known as the Musketeers of Béznar, takes place in this town of Lecrín. The origin of this tradition dates back to the rebellion of the Alpujarras dating from the mid-sixteenth century. It is based on honoring the victory of a small local army over the Moorish rebels of the time.
Béznar is a small town, with just over 250 inhabitants as of 2018. Despite being a small town with a population that drops year after year, it makes a good destination in September, both to get to know the area and to learn about cultural traditions such as the Musketeers of the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Paint yourself black to avoid the entrance of the Cascamorras
Definitely one of the most joyful celebrations in Granada is that of the Cascamorras, on September 6th. According to the story, it is said that a farmer while working the land, discovered an image carved in stone of what looked like a virgin. There was a conflict between the settlers of Baza and Guadix that reached the courts of that distant time, cities that you can visit by hiring an excursion to Guadix and Geopark from Granada.
The story goes that, finally, the Virgin of Mercy stayed in Baza, with the opportunity for Guadix to have her one day a year. A group of rebellious accitanos organized a visit to Baza to bring the image of the Virgin by force. When they arrived in Baza, the Bastetanos beat them out of the town.
With the formation of the Brotherhood of the Virgen de la Piedad in Guadix in the 19th century, this dispute was brought back, now turned into a tradition. Currently, a person from Guadix (Cascamorras) makes the journey to Baza to take the figure. He can only take it if he arrives where the virgin is, without a single spot of black paint, while the people of Baza paint themselves black and arm themselves with black paint to chase the Cascamorras and cover him completely to prevent him from taking the virgin.
6. Reaffirm your faith with the procession of the Virgen de las Angustias
One of the most endearing and deeply rooted traditions that you can find in Andalusia is definitely the Virgen de las Angustias. Her feast is commemorated in Granada during the month of September. The first floral offering takes place on September 15 and until then the region opens its doors to the festival.
The festivities begin a week before the day of the Marian devotion. During the whole week before, the town of Guadix prepares to receive visitors from all over Spain and the world to celebrate the patron virgin and you can get to know the area by booking an excursion to Guadix and Geoparque from Granada, for example. The excitement, joy and faith, marked especially by the presence of older adults, is part of the feeling and the atmosphere that you will perceive during those days.
On the 15th the virgin goes out in procession. This is the right time to enjoy the many food stalls and typical sweets from Granada. Not only will you be able to enjoy an enriching cultural experience, but you will also delight in the wide range of recipes native to this region. After the good experiences in the middle of the month, the Virgen de las Angustias is back in procession on the last Sunday of September, a perfect plan to go as a couple or with the family!
7. And Olé! Experience a flamenco show at the Sacromonte Festival
Andalusia is one of the regions with the deepest roots of flamenco. Granada is the epicenter of tablaos and places to enjoy it like the flamenco show in the Zoraya Gardens, the flamenco show in a cave-restaurant or the flamenco show in the Tablao La Alborea. Dances that will make your skin crawl thanks to the talent of its dancers. Now, although it is not an activity that is typical of September, it is the best month to enjoy it.
Although another plan that you can enjoy at this time of year is the Milnoff Festival of Sacromonte. This meeting offers a varied choice of the most traditional and highest quality flamenco, for the ecstasy of lovers of this genre.
While you enjoy the shows, you have the opportunity to accompany the idyllic moment tasting the typical Andalusian gastronomy, such as the typical Iberian sausages. You can also liven up your stay in the bars with a glass of white wine or any drink of your choice. You can't miss this delightful experience!
8. Albaicín welcomes you like family during the festivities of San Miguel
On the last Sunday of September the town of Albaicín fills with joy to celebrate the festivities of its patron saint, San Miguel Arcángel. Following in the line of religious festivities, this is one of the events in Granada that you can not miss if you visit the area in September.
This is an event above all things, family. Being present at the festivities of San Miguel will make you feel at home. The locals of Albaicín organize the procession of San Miguel Arcángel and propose different activities for the family enjoyment of the community.
A good way to get to know the area in detail is by hiring a tour of Sacromonte and Albaicin in Granada. In addition, among the most common events that you can enjoy during the festivities is the usual friendly soccer match played by the neighbors. They also offer a great family meal that takes place in the Cerro San Miguel. In addition to being a very familiar and enjoyable celebration that makes you feel at home, you will take home a nice souvenir of the colorful decorations and native costumes.
9. Be touched by the innocence of the children in the celebration of the Virgin of La Tizná
A beautiful story that has become a legend in Jerez del Marquesado, begins the Marian celebration of the Virgin of La Tizná. The story tells that during a very strong storm, lightning struck and took the lives of three small children. The virgin is said to have performed a miracle on the children, bringing them back to life. The inhabitants of the region promised since then, to commemorate every year the presence of the virgin and thank her for the miracle granted.
If you want to see a beautiful, representative and magical example of the patron saint festivities of the towns around Granada that you can visit thanks to all the excursions and organized tours that exist, you will love the Virgen de La Tizná. The neighbors of the town organize different raffles, sell tickets for the bullfighting shows and buy the magazines of the festivities to cover the expenses of the celebration.
In this Marian invocation the children are the protagonists. The neighbors make sure that the little ones bring floral offerings to the Virgin in gratitude for the miracle received by the three children in the story. These festivities take place from September 8 to 12 every year.
10. Exercise your intellect at the Researchers' Night
Researchers' Night is an activity promoted by the European Commission in which the region of Andalusia, and therefore Granada, participates fervently. For science lovers this is definitely an activity that cannot be overlooked in the itinerary.
During Researchers' Night , tribute is paid to the people who lend their intelligence in favor of science and the advancement of technologies for a more advanced world. Researchers put science in a more friendly and understandable point for the common society.
The activities of this event vary according to the proposals of the organizers, but the objective is always the same, that the society recognizes and understands a little more the responsibilities of the people of science. Usually organized during the last week of September, don't miss this inspiring and intellectual outing!
11. Vibrate with the indie energy of the Granada Sound Festival
If you are a music lover and your thing is festivals with a lot of energy, then you have to experience theGranada Sound Festival.
It is a festival with the greatest exponents of indie music in Spain. It usually takes place during two days in the last week of September. It is an excellent plan if you are visiting the city of Granada with friends or with your partner, plus you can take advantage and book a private tour to see the city.
The Granada Sound is held since 2012 almost continuously and has already become an important part of the activities that you can not miss if you go to the city in September.
12. Taste the fruits of the autumn in Granada
Along with the unparalleled experience of the last procession of the Virgen de las Angustias, you will not only taste the gastronomy of Granada, but you will also have the opportunity to walk through the traditional market of autumn fruits. This is an experience that you cannot miss, considering that you will be able to taste fruits that are not found in any other part of Spain.
The most interesting thing about the tour through the market is that the fruits you will get are those of the season. Many of these species are only available in Granada and can only be found during the autumn season starting in September.
Going to Granada and not tasting the fruits of Granada in autumn is the same as not having been to Granada. This is a succulent experience, especially if you are one of those people who love to taste and savor different textures and unique flavors. Delight your palate with unique flavors!
Weather in September
September is the beginning of autumn. Temperatures are much friendlier during this time of year. To survive the fall in Granada, you will need to take into account cool and light (but not summery) clothing for the daytime.
During the night temperatures can drop a few degrees above zero. The ideal for the evening is to bring some warm jackets and sweaters. In general the weather is pleasant and conducive to a pleasant trip of recognition and encounter with the Grenadian community and its customs.
What are you waiting for to enjoy your vacation in Granada?