Malaga (tours to Granada), Spain cruises

The friendly and vibrant city of Granada offers rich culture, grand architecture, free tapas, and artistic monuments that shape the city.

Many have traveled to and left their mark on this cosmopolitan city, and now it is your turn to experience what Granada has to offer first-hand.

Granada port guide

For Granada, Cunard’s ships call at the city of Málaga on the Mediterranean coast. Málaga is believed to have founded by the Phoenicians, seafaring Mediterranean people who dominated trade and hailed from the modern-day coast of Lebanon and Israel from 1500 to 600 BC. With a history spanning 2,800 years, Málaga is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe.

Today, Granada exports agricultural products, fruits, seeds, and sugar while also welcoming thousands of guests from around the world each year.

This southern city is one of the most important and historic cities within Spain’s Andalusia region and is well known and appreciated for its medieval architecture, unique landscape, and cultural heritage.

Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about exploring Granada.

Top landmarks and sights in Granada

As you sail into the bustling marina overlooking the fresh Mediterranean Sea fishing boats and authentic Spanish markets are surrounded by majestic mountains and lush countryside. Here you are introduced to the fine views and delightful tastes of Granada and are immediately immersed in your Spanish journey. 

La Encarnacion

One of the most popular cultural attractions is Granada’s most famous renaissance and gothic cathedral, La Encarnacion. This church, built in the 16th century, has since been declared a national monument and cultural asset of interest. 

Abadia del Sacromonte

For scenic views over the city, head to Abadia del Sacromonte, a hilltop medieval abbey with an impressive viewing point. Choose to follow a guided audio tour to learn about the area or enjoy the hike for rewarding and tranquil views. 

Generalife

Generalife is a restored 1100s summer palace on a country estate with elaborate gardens located in the Alhambra complex in Granada. Cosy gardens, hidden nooks, and passages make for a charming walk around ancient ground. 

Things to do in Granada

Beaches and water sports

Costa Tropical refers to the relaxed coastline in Southern Spain which is home to beautiful beaches, idyllic scenery, and many picturesque views. Far less crowded than its neighbor, Costa del Sol, this stretch is perfect for a spot of snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, and even scuba diving. 

Art galleries

Artistic activity in Granada is brought to the city by artists from surrounding Spanish regions and other areas of Europe. The Cathedral of Granada as well as many galleries and museums host major works of art including paintings and sculptures dating back to the Spanish renaissance. 

Wineries and vineyards

Granada is an important wine region and one of the best places to try and taste their world-famous sherry. Discover traditional wineries, vineyards, and cellars in Granada with tours and tastings. Learn how Granada's wine industry is leading the way. 

Eating and drinking in Granada

Food is an essential part of receiving the full Granada experience. Tapas, wine, potatoes, salad, cured ham and omelette are just some of the classics that Granada cuisine includes.

Tapas bars in Granada are peppered across the city and are well known for serving free tapas alongside every drink. This is a universal Spanish custom that can be found throughout Spain and is a great way to ensure you taste the delicacies while in Granada.

Tinto de Verano is a refreshing red wine drink that can be found in most restaurants in the city. Literally translated to ‘summer red(wine)’, this drink is similar but not exactly sangria. Sherry is another popular tipple in southern Spain which pairs well with tapas. 

Due to the hot climate, a variety of exotic and delicious fruit. Granada itself even translates to ‘pomegranate’. Mangos, avocados, bananas, and custard apples are among the crops that flank the Mediterranean city. 

Getting around, Granada transport

The most straightforward way to see Granada is to walk. Walking tours and tourist information books are widely available. However, taxis in the city are affordable and convenient.

Several bus lines connect Granada to nearby neighborhoods and run frequently. In Granada, you will also find the city hop-on, and hop-off bus tours provide great value.

From the port city of Málaga, you can easily reach the surrounding towns and villages via taxi or bus service.

Granada port facilities

The facilities at Málaga include shops, restaurants, hotels, parking services, and a campsite.

Granada quick tips

Currency

The Euro is the local currency in Granada. Card payments are widely accepted but there may be a foreign transaction fee.

However, some small shops and bars may not accept card payments, so it is recommended you carry some cash during your visit.

Tipping is not mandatory in Granada and service is not usually included in the bill so a small bonus for exceptional service is greatly appreciated. It is customary to leave spare change or for larger groups leave up to 10 per cent of the total bill.

Weather

Granada has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and moderately cold winters.

On average, temperatures reach highs of 34°C during the summer in Granada while winter months reach lows of 2°C.

From May to June the temperatures in Granada are mild and pleasant which makes it an ideal time to visit. During these months flowers are fully bloomed and the city hosts a number of cultural events.