Thursday November 2, 2017
You’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of fun things to do in Granada with kids! Not only are there historic attractions spread across this idyllic city, but there are water parks and museums too. Here are our personal favourite fun things to do in Granada with kids: Travelling to Granada with kids can be great fun as there are so many fantastic Granada attractions to explore:
The Granada City Tour - the official tourist hop-on hop-off bus in Granada
The perfect way to see the sights and save tired little legs from travelling. Plus all the family get to keep their cool as all the buses have air-conditioning! Children under 8 go free, and the glass roofs give everyone on board a panoramic view as you take in all the amazing Granada attractions! Tickets are either for one day, or two consecutive days, and you can hop ‘on or off’ whenever you fancy exploring.
Check out the City Tour itineraries
For other ways to get around Granada check out our blog
Just a short stroll from Granada city centre you will find the interactive museum, Parque de las Ciencias. We love the spinning boulder at the main entrance, the Biodome with its animals and aquarium, and the Planetarium (although the commentary is in Spanish). You can easily spend a whole day here!
Visit the Alhambra
The Alhambra is arguably the top of everyone’s list of Granada attractions to visit, and don’t feel you have to avoid it if you are visiting with children. There are plenty cool rooms in the fortress to explore, and places to chill out in the gardens and grounds. Make sure you book your tickets in advance. Children under 12 have free entry, but you still need to book a ticket for them. To find out more about the Alhambra and where to get your tickets check out our blog
One of Spain’s older water parks, much loved by local families and visitors from all around the world. The perfect place to escape the city heat, with plenty of pools and rides to play on, and shade to relax under. The park is reasonably priced and you can take your own food and drinks.
Explore the markets
There are plenty of markets in Granada, and children will love them as much as adults. From Spanish fruit and vegetables, to meat and fish the sights and smells will fascinate them! Try the San Augustin Market or Mercado de San Agustin Granada which is an indoor market right next to the Granada Cathedral. It is the perfect place to stop off and sample some of the local delicacies!
Go shopping for souvenirs
Head on to the Alcaiceria or the Silk /Spice Market which is now a colourful tourist market in the maze of narrow streets between the Granada Cathedral and the Plaza de Bib-Rambla. Once a Moorish spice market, it is now a great place to find souvenirs! You can find anything from porcelain, clothes and jewellery to herbs, spices, Arabic silks and fabrics. And do feel free to bargain!
Hire bikes or a Segway
If you are visiting Granada with older children then a really cool thing to do is hire bikes or a Segway! There are even electric bikes for hire if you want to save your legs and they are a great way to explore the heart of the city!
Bicicletas La Estacion rent out a range bikes with helmets and locks for just 12 euros per day, and will even deliver to your hotel on request.
Eat some tapas
Tapas is the perfect meal to eat with kids or teenagers, although some dishes can be very spicy! It is a great way to experiment with new tastes and flavours as you can ‘mix and match’ your dishes, and you are sure to find something for everyone! Calle Navas or the “tapas street” is always a great place to visit, which is especially popular with locals and offers seafood specialities such as clams, squid and prawns!
Catch a flamenco show
If you are after a truly Granada experience then a flamenco show is a must. The origins of flamenco can be traced back to the caves of Sacromonto in Granada and the tradition is still very much alive today. We recommend:
Near to the Sacromonte Caves Museum, this is a great place to experience flamenco in an authentic cave setting. Even the journey there is an adventure with amazing views of the Alhambra on the way. An unforgettable evening!
5 Barranco de los Negros, 18010 Granada +34 958 22 84 75
Located in an old auditorium near Plaza Nueva in the old town. Many clubs offer late-night shows but Casa del Arte’s relatively earlier shows (at 7.30pm and 9pm) are ideal for families.
11 Cuesta de Gomerez, 18009 Granada Spain +34 958 56 57 67
Visit the beach
It is surprisingly easy to take a day trip to the beach from Granada, and let’s face it, all kids love the beach! We recommend La Herradura on the Costa Tropical, which literally translates as ‘The Horseshoe’. It is a beautiful bay with 2km of sandy beach and clear blue waters which is safe for families. It is just one hour from Granada by car or an hour and a half by bus - costing around 10 euros return. Children aged 4 to 11 are half price and infants are free, but need to be booked.
To find out more about Exploring Andalucía’s Golden Triangle read our blog here.
If you are looking for family friendly accommodation in Granada, El Ladron de Agua is located on the Carrera del Darro in a great location for exploring the city centre. We provide cots, high chairs and baby bath tubs for free, and if you give us a bit of warning we can also arrange baby sitters for you!
We also like to remind visitors, the summer months in Granada can be very hot so do make sure you wear hats, and take plenty of water, snacks and plenty of sun-cream wherever you go. Make you day relaxing and take some shady breaks in the heat of the sun.
See you in Granada!