Holidays in Mirador de San Nicolas

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Mirador de San Nicolas showing château or palace, landscape views and heritage architecture

One of the most popular hilltop lookouts in Spain offers incredible views of the city of Granada, the Alhambra and the mountainous landscape beyond.

The Mirador San Nicolás is a hilltop plaza at one of the highest points of the Albaicín, Granada’s old Moorish quarter. This well-known lookout point provides panoramic views of the city, the magnificent Alhambra fortress-palace, the Vega de Granada (Meadows of Granada) and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

This is a place to linger, so take your time to appreciate the views. Most visitors to Granada come here at least once, so you may have to wait a few minutes before you get the best viewing spots. These are by the small stone wall that faces the palace and mountains.

When you’ve finished admiring the sights, enjoy the plaza’s lively atmosphere. Street musicians and performers often perform here; at the very least you’ll find someone playing some gentle flamenco on a guitar. Pack a picnic, sample some tapas in a nearby bar or treat yourself to a meal in one of the many restaurants, which offer unforgettable views.

After you’ve taken in the views, check out the local crafts and souvenirs at the artisan stalls. Visit the 16th-century Church of St. Nicolás at the rear of the plaza. Another religious site to look at is the shrine to San Cecilio, Granada’s patron saint. A Christian missionary in the 1st century and the city’s first bishop, his chapel sits in a narrow, cobbled street called Callejon de San Cecilio.

The Mirador San Nicolás is popular at all times of the day whatever the season. For the best photographs visit at sunset when the sun dips below the mountains and the Alhambra is illuminated in golden light on al-Sabika Hill. Do keep an eye on your belongings, as pickpockets are known to take advantage of those captivated by the views.

The nicest way to get to Mirador San Nicolás, is to walk along the winding cobblestone streets that lead from the Albaicín. A steady walk at a causal pace takes about 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, take the a bus from Plaza Nueva and enjoy the bumpy twisty ride to the top.

1992 Cheap Hotels Near Mirador de San Nicolas

Hotel Anacapri
Hotel Anacapri
3 out of 5
The price is AU$121 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Central District, this hotel is steps away from Calle Elvira and Granada Cathedral. Calle Gran Via de Colon and Isabel la Catolica Plaza are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (855 reviews)
"This place is clean, staff is super friendly and very helpful. we enjoyed our stay there. Location is perfect, it's walking distance to places of interest."

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Hotel Anacapri
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
4 out of 5
Puerta Real, 3, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$145 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Navas and Granada Cathedral. Granada City Council and Fuentes de las Batallas are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"Excellent location and property conditions"

Reviewed on 6 Sep. 2021

NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
3 out of 5
Cuesta Santa Ines 9, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$138 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Located in Albaicín, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carrera del Darro and Granada Cathedral. Palacio de Los Olvidados Museum and La Concepcion ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (710 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel but could use a few modern conveniences. :)"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
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Barceló Granada Congress
Barceló Granada Congress
5 out of 5
The price is AU$98 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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Hotel Anacapri
Hotel Anacapri
3 out of 5
The price is AU$121 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
4 out of 5
Puerta Real, 3, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$145 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
3 out of 5
Cuesta Santa Ines 9, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$138 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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Hotel Alhambra Palace
Hotel Alhambra Palace
5 out of 5
Arquitecto Garcia De Paredes 1, Granada, Granada
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Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
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The price is AU$316 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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Eurostars Catedral Hotel
Eurostars Catedral Hotel
4 out of 5
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The price is AU$160 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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Catalonia Granada Hotel
Catalonia Granada Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida de Madrid 10, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$121 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel
Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel
5 out of 5
Paseo del Generalife N.10, Granada
The price is AU$208 per night from 12 Oct. to 12 Oct.
Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel
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