Mirador San Nicolás, Granada - Mirador San Nicolás, Granada -

Mirador San Nicolás, Granada


Mirador San Nicolás, Granada

Mirador de San Nicolás is one of the best viewpoints in all of Granada. Here you will find the most romantic views of the spectacular Alhambra Palace in Granada. Make sure to have a camera handy

Of all the photo-worthy spots in the magical city of Granada, The Mirador San Nicolás is perhaps the most famous. Bill Clinton, during an official visit to the city in 1997 remarked that El Mirador San Nicolás offered “the most beautiful sunset in the world”, and ever since it has become a must-see for visitors to this most spectacular of cities in Andalusia.

Best tours to enjoy de Mirador de San Nicolas

You can walk to the Mirador by yourselves or use public transportation (find details below) or join one of the tours that vist the Albaicin district daily. You can find below some great ideas

Sunset walking tour - Albaicin & Sacromonte

A good tour with excellent reviews always and very affordable
Great value

Segway Tour: Albaicin & Sacromonte

Small group and the convinience to traverse this hilly area with Segway
Great Fun

Private Tour: Albaicin & Sacromonte

A great option if you prefer to avoid "the crowds". Excellent guides

E-bike Tour - Albaicin & Sacromonte

A great option to maximise your time in Granada. Very good itinerary
Very Convinient

Mirador de San Nicolas in El Albaicin - Guide

What makes el Mirador a must see place?

From here you will be able to see the famous Alhambra in all its splendor.  The beauty of this viewpoint is undeniable: the Alhambra and the Generalife face to face, the city at its feet, and the Sierra Nevada behind.

The charm of its surroundings, in the heart of the Albaycín neighborhood, with its cobbled streets, its tapas bars, and its colorful residents, make the experience all the more special. 

How to get there and location of the Mirador de San Nicolás?

If you are looking to do things efficiently and inexpensively, and in a way, as the locals do, then your best option is to take public transportation. There are two buses that arrive at the Mirador de San Nicolás: C31 and C32 and both lines go through Plaza Nueva, Paseo de los Tristes and Carrera del Darro in the center of downtown Granada. The C32 also has stops at the Alhambra and the Realejo neighborhood, so you can hop on either of these to go to the Mirador de San Nicolás. You can also take Red Alhambra minibusses parked at the viewpoint. Also, the C34 leaves from Plaza Nueva, which is also a minibus, and goes to Sacromonte. 

Just as a heads up, these buses tend to be on the small side and only carry about 20 people. They usually are packed and you might have to watch several drives away, filled to capacity before you can get on. 

The C34 bus tends to be less crowded but you have to get off when you see the statue of gypsy Chorrojumo, in the middle of the Cuesta del Chapiz, just before the bus turns right at the Placeta del Peso de la Harina.

Walking tour to enjoy de Mirador de San Nicolas

If you plan to enjoy a walking tour in Granada, it makes sense to book one where you can be guided at the best time of the day to the Mirador de San Nicolas. We have shared our favorite options above. Note that the itinerary can be steep despite the tour guides try to make it easier for visitors. Other options include Segway or e-bike! 

The church of San Nicolás

The church of San Nicolás occupies the entirety of a block, made up by, to the north, Calle Espaldas de San Nicolás, to the east, by the extension of Cuesta de las Cabras, to the south, by Plaza Mirador de San Nicolás, and to the west, by the Plaza del Cementerio de San Nicolás where the cistern is located.

It consists of a single central nave with a rectangular floor plan, with several attached side chapels (five on each side in total) separated by the start of the four-pointed diaphragm arches that hold up the roo.

In the area of the chevet or main altar, you can still see the vestiges of the Gothic ribbed vaults that covered this space. According to professor Barrios Rozúa, these vaults may not be the original ones and may have been rebuilt during the nineteenth century after the church was apparently struck by lightning and partially damaged.

And this wouldn’t be the only time the church would face devastation. In 1932 there have been several arson attempts against the church. One night the roof of the presbytery area a fire was set that left the temple severely damaged. There were two other churches in Granada that suffered similar attacks that same night. The priceless Mudejar style ceiling was thus lost. The vault remained in place three more years after the fire until it finally gave way to the load and collapsed. 

San Nicolas Church in Granada

Mirador San Nicolas - video

More interesting things in Granada

Share this attraction
Inside Granada cathedral
Granada cathedral and the royal chapel

Overshadowed by the Alhambra, the Cathedral of Granada is one of Spain´s most remarkable cathedrals. Its main interest is the Royal Chapel, the place where the Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabella, are buried. … Read More

El Albaicin in Granada

The Albaicín in Granada retains both the original urban physiognomy as well as various medieval buildings. Get ready to enjoy smoe of the most amazing views in the world! … Read More

flamenco shows in Granada
The Best 7 Flamenco Shows in Granada

Complete guide to enjoy flamenco in Granada. Granada is famous for its gipsies district, the Sacromonte, where flamenco has been danced and played for generations. Great shows and special offers … Read More

Southern spain - Views of La ALhambra at dusk
La Alhambra palace in Granada

Nowadays the Alhambra Palace in Granada is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Spain’s and Europe’s culture. The number of visits to the Alhambra Palace sky rocketed years ago and reached a whooping two million people per year. … Read More