Every trip requires good planning and organization, especially if you are traveling with children. Granada is a city that has the good habit of enchanting all members of the family, thanks to its beauty and its corners full of history.
In this article I will tell you everything you need to know so you can make the most of your stay, as there is so much to see and do in Granada. Here we go!
1. Tour and discover the Alhambra with the family
The Alhambra is one of those must-see sites in Granada, even more so if you are traveling with children. The tour is quite extensive, so don't forget to bring a few bottles of water, some snacks, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Also, keep in mind that it will be much better if you buy your tickets to the Alhambra in advance to avoid queues and long waits, something to avoid whenever you travel with children. As for the price, children under 12 years old do not pay.
Being a place with a lot of history, it is a good idea to tell your children a little about the place and those who inhabited it or opt for a guided tour of the Alhambra so that the guide will illustrate with all the details of the place. There is also a large number of children's stories about the Alhambra, so that the little ones are excited to learn about this magical place.
In addition, on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 12:30 pm, there are guided tours for the whole family, in which the guides will make the walk an adventure, enlivening with stories for the youngest, touring this incredible monument will be unforgettable.
2. Sierra Nevada, a year-round option
To say Sierra Nevada is to think of snow and skis. But this destination has much more to offer.
- On your excursion to Sierra Nevada during the summer season, your kids can enjoy activities such as Russian sledding, motorless cars, inflatable games and archery with arrows.
- And in winter you can do all those classic activities, such as a private ski lesson in Sierra Nevada, special snowmobiles for children, tobogganing, a snowshoeing tour in Sierra Nevada and many other options.
In the main square, before the Sierra Nevada cable car, there is even a nursery for children from 4 months to 6 years of age. Here the kids can spend the day playing or participating in fun workshops specially designed for them, while you do an activity exclusively for adults.
If you want to see in more detail the variety of activities to do here, we recommend you visit the official website of Sierra Nevada. You will be surprised by everything you can do here with your children. And you might be interested in knowing how to get to Sierra Nevada from Granada, you will see that it is very easy.
3. A tour of the Albaicín neighborhood
The old Moorish quarter of the Albaicin is a classic and unmissable tour if you are in Granada. And if you go with children, a very interesting option is to book a tour of the Albaicin and Sacromonte.
The star of this neighborhood is the Mirador de San Nicolas, which you can access on foot or by minibus (depending on the age of the children). At the viewpoint you can share the best views of the Alhambra with the children.
In addition, the traditional houses with their beautiful gardens, the hidden corners and the labyrinthine layout of this neighborhood will surprise and delight the children. A must on this tour is the walk along the Darro River, where you will see the Alhambra on the Sabika hill.
4. Tour the city in the most fun way with the tourist train
And what better way to tour this beautiful city and know its most emblematic places than with the tourist train of Granada. In a time interval of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, you will pass by the Cathedral of Granada, the Mirador de San Cristobal, the Paseo de los Tristes, the Cartuja Monastery and the Alhambra and the Generalife.
In addition, you can get on and off whenever you want, so you have the opportunity to explore the city freely and comfortably. Please note that trains run every 30-45 minutes depending on the time of year.
5. The Parque de las Ciencias, where learning is fun
This is the ideal place to live an unforgettable experience with your children. In the the little ones can, through fun games and experiences, learn about extremely interesting topics such as astronomy, biology, music and robotics.
The Park is divided into thematic rooms according to the teaching areas, it also has outdoor spaces, a giant chess, a labyrinth and the remarkable Biodomo, a space dedicated entirely to education about the biodiversity of the planet. It is also worth visiting the planetarium, with its projections about the universe and its astronomical observatory, as well as the impressive tropical butterfly farm.
In addition, the Science Park also has specific workshops and temporary exhibitions. Keep in mind that this is a large complex, with a large number of activities to do, so it lends itself to spend the whole day. In the following article you will find all the information to visit the Parque de las Ciencias. And an important fact, inside the Park there are restaurants and spaces with chairs and tables, so you can eat what you bring.
Hours and location
- Hours: The park is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Where: The park is located on Science Avenue.
6. Explore Guadix and discover the Geopark
Another ideal plan with the little ones of the house is an excursion to Guadix and the Geopark of Granada, where you will have the opportunity to discover one of the oldest and most characteristic settlements in the country, as well as the cave houses that will leave the children speechless.
Guadix has numerous churches and convents, stately homes and remains of walls. In addition, in the Geopark, which is characterized by its geological and paleontological wealth, you will find outreach centers such as the Gor River Valley or the Castril Castle Site.
An excursion of approximately 7 hours, in which you will go with a local guide who will inform you and give you all the details of the prehistoric monuments and fortifications that abound in this area of great geological and historical relevance.
7. Walk through the green spaces of the city and its games
There are many things to see and do in Granada and, of course, there are many parks to enjoy the outdoors. Most of them have fun games for children. The three most notable and largest parks in Granada are: Federico Garcia Lorca Park, Carmen de los Martires Park and Tico Medina Park. Children can enjoy a modern and spacious playground, including a fun zip line in the Federico Garcia Lorca Park. This recreational space also has a restaurant where you can watch the kids.
Carmen de los Mártires Park has a picturesque landscape, with beautiful gardens, ponds and statues. The little ones will enjoy meeting the curious inhabitants of this huge park: peacocks, squirrels and ducks, which they can even feed. This historic space also has privileged panoramic views of both the city and the Sierra Nevada.
Finally, in the Tico Medina park you can take your bikes to ride with your children, as it has an exclusive lane. This large park has an exclusive playground for the little ones and even a dog area.
8. Meet the Pequemuseo and the history of Andalusia in the Caja Granada Foundation
The Caja Granada Foundation is located in a building in front of the Science Park and inside you will find exclusive activities for children in its Pequemuseo. Tickets to these events start at 4 €, and you can see the details on the official website of Caja Granada. Even on specific dates during the year, there are activities designed for babies between 6 and 36 months.
These are activities that involve smells, textures and sounds, to give babies and their families an unforgettable sensory experience where museum visitors are the protagonists.
The foundation also runs the Museo Memoria de Andalucía, which allows you to learn about the history and identity of Andalusia through numerous interactive and playful resources, which make the experience fun for both adults and children. The museum offers guided tours with participatory workshops for the whole family. The duration of the visit is approximately 2 hours.
9. Walk through the Realejo neighborhood and let them play in its squares
The Realejo is the old Jewish quarter. In this popular and charming place artists, musicians, tourists and neighbors live together in a bohemian atmosphere. A walk with the children through its streets can be a fun experience.
Another must is the Campo del Príncipe, a charming and quiet square where the little ones can enjoy their playground. Adults will find around these several terraces to enjoy some good tapas. And at the top of the neighborhood you can visit the Bermejas Towers, which once served as a defense. By telling them about those times, you can make this place a very interesting place for the kids to let their imagination run wild.
An interesting attraction in the Realejo is the mural El niño de las pinturas, by the artist Raúl Ruiz, where children can be inspired to create their own drawings. It may also be a good idea to go to the upper part of the Realejo and visit the Puerta del Sol square, where some of the best views of the city are to be found.
10. Visit the animals at the Mascotario
One of the things children enjoy most is interacting with animals. For this, in Granada you have the Mascotario, located in Cenes de la Vega. In this place, children can see up close and even touch the animals that live there.
Here they can enjoy horses, parrots, hedgehogs and even a Vietnamese pig, among others. The Mascotario is a place designed so that children can fully enjoy nature. In addition, its main focus is children's horse riding, a sport that the organization promotes and offers classes.
In the official website of the Mascotario you can see in detail its activities, guided tours, workshops and even camps.
Hours and location
- Hours: The Mascotario is open from Tuesday to Friday from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.
- Where: It is located in Cortijo de las Angustias street 18190, Cenes de La Vega.
11. Delight yourself with the gastronomy of Granada
In every good trip you can not miss the gastronomy. Visiting new restaurants, cafes and ice cream parlors is an activity that your children will enjoy as much as you do. Throughout the city you will find numerous gastronomic options to share with the little ones. From the typical tapas of Granada to more standard dishes, it is always advisable to look for restaurants that have a terrace, as well as those that are located in places that are not too noisy.
Among the favorite places is El Trillo Restaurant located in the Albaicin, where you can enjoy the best Mediterranean food on a nice terrace; and Casa Torcuato, with its exquisite fish fried tapas. Although your kids can't miss some of Granada's most traditional ice creams. Among these, the traditional ice cream parlor La Perla, which has been in operation since 1932, is one of the favorites of the people of Granada, along with Heladería Los Italianos, on Gran Vía.
Although if your visit is in the cold season you can not miss some churros with chocolate in the emblematic Café Fútbol in the Plaza Mariana Pineda. A real treat, you will not regret it.