The Alhambra and all its landmarks, the Generalife, the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba and the Medina; even the smallest villages are dazzling. In any season of the year, Granada is an interesting and vibrant destination.
But without a doubt, many tourists agree that the best time of the year to visit is in autumn. Between September and November, temperatures are much more pleasant and the influx of people is lower.
If you are one of those people who prefer to visit tourist sites without crowds, autumn is your season to visit Granada. In addition, in September the city offers multiple recreational and cultural activities to please and entertain locals and visitors.
1. Enjoy the still warm beaches upon arrival in Granada
One of the first things you have to do when you arrive in Granada in September is to walk along the coast. Although it sounds 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 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.
2. Enjoy the Musketeers of the Blessed Sacrament in little Béznar
The first weekend of September there is a festival 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.
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 is 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.
3. Paint yourself black avoiding the entrance of Cascamorras
Definitely one of the most joyful celebrations in Granada is that of Cascamorras. 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.
Finally the Virgin of Mercy remained 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.
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. If you don't mind getting a little black paint, water and oil, you will love this experience. The celebration is on September 6th of each year.
4. Be touched by the innocence of 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 little 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 to thank her for the miracle granted.
If you want to see a beautiful, representative and magical example of patron saint festivities, you will love the Virgin of 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.
5. Reaffirm your faith with the procession of the Virgin of Angustias
One of the most endearing and deeply rooted traditions that you can find in Andalusia, is definitely the Virgen de las Angustias. Her festivity 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 previous week the town of Guadix prepares to receive visitors from all over Spain and the world, to celebrate the patron virgin. The excitement, joy and faith, especially marked 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
enriching cultural experience, but you will be delighted with 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. If you are still touring Granada at the end of September, the last procession of the virgin is a good option to reaffirm your faith and above all to taste once again the explosive flavors of the sweetness of Granada. Without a doubt a perfect plan to go as a couple or with the family!
6. And Olé! Experience the flamenco festival in Sacromonte
Andalusia is one of the regions with the deepest roots of flamenco. Granada is the epicenter of tablaos and bars where you can enjoy a pleasant time with flamenco dances that will make your skin crawl thanks to the talent of its dancers. However, although it is not an activity that is typical of September, it is the best month to enjoy it.
Although flamenco is alive and well in Sacromonte regardless of the season, a new reason to attend in September has been added, and that is the Milnoff Festival. This meeting offers a varied choice of the most traditional and highest quality flamenco, for the ecstasy of the 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!
7. Exercise your intellect at the Night of the Researchers
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 society recognizes and understands a little more the responsibilities of people of science.
Usually organized during the last week of September, don't miss this inspiring and intellectual outing!
8. 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 the Granada Sound.
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.
The Granada Sound is celebrated since 2012 almost uninterruptedly and has already become an important part of the activities that you can not miss if you go to the city in the month of September.
9. Albaicín welcomes you like family during the San Miguel festivities
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.
It is above all, a family event. 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.
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 at Cerro San Miguel. Besides 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.
10. Taste the fruits of autumn in Granada
Along with the unique 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 stroll through the traditional market of autumn fruits. This is an experience you can't miss, considering that you will be able to taste fruits that are not found anywhere else in Spain.
The most interesting thing about the walk 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, which starts in September.
during the autumn season, which starts in September.
Going to Granada and not tasting the autumn fruits of Granada 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 the year. To survive the autumn in Granada, you will need to take into account cool and light (but not summery) clothes for the daytime.
Atnight temperatures can drop a few degrees above freezing. 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?