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Granada has a great cultural heritage that reflects in its museums and music festivals for all audiences. The city of the Alhambra has historical and cultural museums with exhibitions, as well as scientific or themed, such as the Museum of Sacromonte Caves. The musical proposal includes festivals in Granada of all sorts of artistic disciplines and with a great international projection due to its quality and prestige. Scroll down to read our selection of essential Granada museums and must-do culture activities in Granada.
female singing on stage at Charles V palace during the international music festival of granada, in the añhambra

International Music and Dance Festival of Granada

Originated in the symphonic concerts that since 1883 were held in the Palace of Carlos V, during Corpus Christi, and in the Cante Jondo Contest called in 1922 by some intellectuals and artists of the time. It takes place every year during the months of June and July. With no doubt, the different locations where they are held make this Granada festivals a must-see in your culture agenda: the Nasrid palaces and centennial gardens of the Alhambra, as well as in the most spectacular sights throughout the city (the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Monastery of San Jeronimo, the Sacromonte Abbey, the Carthusian Monastery, the Royal Chancellery, the Albaicín, etc.)LEARN MORE

arab architecture details shown in alhambra museum room in granada

Alhambra Museum

This Granada museum has the best collection of Nasrid Art in the world. It includes pieces coming from archaeological finds, restored in the Alhambra. With no doubt, it is an ideal complement to a tour of the historical monument The Alhambra of Granada.
In addition, the Museum houses a selected collection of pieces belonging to non-Nasrid Islamic Art that show the evolution of this art in the al-Andalus region and in the Arabic world. It is located on the ground floor of the Palace of Charles V since 1995.LEARN MORE

colonnade lit at sunset at Charles V palace in Alhambra spain

Granada Museum of Fine Arts

Inaugurated in 1839, the museum was moved to its current location in 1950, the Carlos V Palace, in the grounds of the Alhambra fortress.
The mainstay of the collection are paintings and sculptures from the 15th-20th centuries. It includes works by artists such as Sánchez Cotán, Alonso Cano and Mariano Fortuna. It is divided into four main sections: Renaissance and Mannerism, Baroque, 19th-century painting, and finally, from the beginning of the 20th century to the Avant-garde.LEARN MORE

detail of a gallery room with large format painting on walls at the Jose Guerrero art centre of Granada Spain

José Guerrero Art Center

Inaugurated in 2000, its purpose is the conservation, exhibition and promotion of the work of the Andalusian painter José Guerrero (Granada, 1914-1991). With its creation, the legacy of the artist is fulfilled, who wanted to donate a fundamental part of his production to his hometown. The Center is located in the Albaicin, in a building from the end of the XIX century enabled for its new function by the architect Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas. The legacy of José Guerrero is a significant group in which the fundamental stages of his career are represented: from his first works, under the influence of Picasso and Matisse, to the maturity of his last work, through his encounter with the American abstraction and Pop Art.LEARN MORE

girl taking pictures at a huge aquarium with fish inside at the art and sciences park in granada, spain

Science Park Granada Museum

The Science Park is an interactive science museum of 70,000 m2. It is located just a few minutes’ walk from the historic city center. Since its opening in 1995, it has been the most visited museum in Andalusia. More than 11 million people already know its facilities. This figure has reinforced it as an international reference center for scientific education in southern Europe. It is open all year, Tuesday through Sunday, and offers activities and exhibitions for all audiences.LEARN MORE

ancient roman mosaic at the archeological museum in the albaicin, granada, spain

Granada Archeological Museum

Founded in 1879, it is one of the oldest museums in Spain. The general concept of the museum is the exhibition of the main treasures or singular pieces representative of the archaeological heritage of the city. This is done from an aesthetic, neutral and respectful approach to the building and the collections as well as a pedagogical approach, where the key element is the piece itself. It is located in the heart of the Albaicin district, just 500 m. from Art Chapiz Apartments Granada.LEARN MORE

jazz singer performing at the international jazz festival of granada, spain

Granada International Jazz Festival

Granada holds one of the longest-running jazz festivals in Europe: the International Jazz Granada Festival. Since that first edition in 1980, this award-winning Granada festival has been forty years welcoming the excellence of jazz history: Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Haden, Art Blakey, Tete Montoliu, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Abbey Lincoln, Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdés, among an endless list of musicians. It is held every year in the month of November.LEARN MORE

sacromonte abbey and the forest surrounding it, seen from the sky of granada

The Sacromonte Abbey

Together with the Alhambra and the Cathedral, constitute the fundamental “triangle” to understand the reality of the city. It is located in the Sacromonte quarter, in the Valparaíso mountain, crowning the neighborhood to which it gives its name. The Sacromonte Abbey is an institution with 400 years of history. For centuries this impressive place has been one of the main spiritual and cultural centers in all Andalusia, located in a natural space of singular value. Nowadays, the Sacromonte Abbey is a living place that looks to the future. It is a space for dialogue between cultures and religions. The Sacromonte Abbey is an essential tourist destination in Granada.


modern geometric painting displayed at the contemporary art festival of Granada Spain

Contemporary Arts Granada Festival

FACBA is the Contemporary Arts Festival of the Granada Faculty of Fine Arts. Already a benchmark in its history as a contemporary art fair from 2009 to 2015, in 2016 it begins as a festival. The festival focuses on artistic research, offering collaboration with the university heritage funds (artistic and scientific) and multidisciplinary researchers from the University of Granada. The investigations are presented in different Granada museums and galleries during the months of February to June.LEARN MORE

old black and white portrait of the spanish writer federico garcia lorca sitting on a chair

Federico García Lorca | A poet & a legacy

Federico Garcia Lorca was a Spanish poet and writer. His work was known to be part of a movement of avant-garde forms of expression. Gay and reportedly in love with Salvador Dali, he included a lot of homoromantic themes in his writings. This fact, led his work to be mostly censored in Spain until the 1970’s.
The Federico García Lorca Center is benchmark museum in contemporary culture, preserving objects and assets held by the Federico García Lorca Foundation. They also exhibit international artworks, and perform extensive initiatives with children and young people to foster their engagement with fine arts.LEARN MORE

crowd in a concert cheering their favourite music band at the granada sound music festival, spain

Granada Sound Music Festival

This Granada Festival is the most established independent music festival in the city. Since 2012 it has filled its premises and hangs the “sold out tickets” sign in its latest editions. Artists such as Supersubmarina, Aurora, Dorian, Delafé, Zahara, Carlos Sadness, Mendetz, L.A, Sidonie, The Red Room, as well as other international headliners, have passed through the festival stages . It celebrates during the month of September.LEARN MORE

church nave with atrium at the cartuja monastery in Granada Spain

Cartuja Monastery

The Royal Monastery, Site of Cultural Interest, housed a community of Carthusian monks from its foundation in the 16th century until the ex-claustration in 1835. It represents one of the greatest representations of Spanish Baroque architecture. Thus, the interior of the monastery is a flamboyant explosion of ornamentation. It is one of the masterpieces of Churrigueresque style. The most striking features are the tabernacle, the church and the famous sacristy, built between 1727 and 1764. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931.LEARN MORE