Plaza de San Nicolas
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,497 contributions
Feb 2020
This plaza draws a big crowd, day and night. The views from this lookout point are absolutely panoramic and and the view at sunset is just magical. This was a highlight of our time in Granada.
If you are lucky, you will get a space, sitting on the viewing wall and from this vantage point, you look directly across to the Alhambra and the view also takes in the Darro River and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Just stunning. 
The other feature in the plaza is the San Nicolas Church. It’s a large, white 16th century church which probably doesn't get the attention it deserves because pretty much everyone has come here for the view and it’s hard to take your eyes off it.
The plaza generally attracts a range of people selling cheap and cheerful trinkets like embroidered coin purses, castanets etc which they spread out on blankets over the ground. There are always a number of musicians, some of whom can be pushy in their expectation of a donation.
There are several bars below the viewing wall where you can sit in a more civilised and peaceful way to enjoy the view. Crowded as the viewing wall was, there was a lively, chaotic atmosphere that was fun. It was nice to be in a crowd waiting for the sunset with everyone checking watches, asking the people next to them for the time and all but counting down for the sunset.
GETTING THERE: You can catch a C31 bus or taxi but half the fun is walking up through narrow, picturesque streets. It is a steep but steady climb and takes about 20 min from Plaza Nueva. You are mostly walking on pebbled, stepped streets so you need comfortable walking shoes. There’s not much shade so take a bottle of water too. It can be a little tricky to find your way and there are very few signs. We started from Plaza Nueva, walked down Calle Elvira and headed up via Calle Caldereria Nueva. There are a few twists and turns but you have made it when you arrive at the base of long, high wall, opposite the restaurant ‘El Balcon’. A set of stairs beside the wall will take you up to the top of the lookout point.
Written January 20, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Mar 2019
The "Plaza de San Nicolás" and the "Mirador de San Nicolás" are just about the same thing. Both sided by the 16th century "Iglesia de San Nicolás" and offering the most unforgettable views of "La Alhambra", "Río Darro" and "Sierra Nevada" mountain range in the background. The square is quite busy, specially on sunsets and early evenings on Summer months, when Flamenco dancers, street musicians and craftsmen bring joy and laughter to locals and tourists. Enjoy!
Written February 13, 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,300 contributions
Oct 2021
Usually in a plaza you pay attention to what is in your immediate vicinity, like a religious or government building. All eyes at this plaza look outward to the view of the Alhambra across the way. It will be somewhat to very busy most times. It is a good slog uphill but the reward is one of the most classic photographs in all of Spain.
Written November 3, 2021
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staledale
1,526 contributions
Oct 2019
Fairly steep walk up to San Nicholas Mirador, which is a small plaza that looks toward the Alhambra and down toward the city of Granada. Incredible views for photo opportunities but the sun can be tricky. We were there around 5pm. Anywhere from maybe 50-150 people there at one time. Some vendors selling tchotchke, some gypsy musicians and some cute dogs. Some quaint restaurants in the plaza and one with an amazing view on the cliff side of the street. Walk next door into a beautiful garden and the Mosquita Mayor de Granada.
Written February 19, 2020
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georginak738
Cezac, France7 contributions
Feb 2020
It was a long slow windy walk to the top and Plaza San Nicolas, but well worth the effort. The view across to the Alhambra Palace, lit up in the evening sky was wonderful. The people in the Plaza all seemed happy, enjoying the view, and there was a very companionable feel to it all.
Written February 8, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia41,744 contributions
Jun 2019
Plaza de San Nicolas is a plaza you'd be glad to walk to, although it's situated high up on a hill. It's around the Adjibe (or Cistern) of San Nicolas, which is a historic water reservoir that has been there for a very long time! And there is also the Church of the same name, which was closed at the time so we could not go inside. The views from the Plaza are stupendous! You get to see a whole lot of monuments and a variety of sights that you ordinarily might miss out on. The most impressive is, of course, the Alhambra.
Written May 3, 2020
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Werther Veulemans
Leuven, Belgium529 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
When you are in Granada, you should definitely experience one sunrise or sunset while being at the plaza de San Nicolas! Just astonishing, don't forget to bring your camera or selfie stick ;-).
Written August 25, 2018
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Rachel Webb - Spain
Jaen, Spain125 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Go here last thing at night and first thing in the morning, the views are stunning and the atmosphere unbeatable.
Written August 24, 2018
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
You have everything here. Church if you’re Catholic, Mosque if you’re Muslim, a stunning view, some vendors selling souvenirs, and a few good restaurants. El Balcón de San Nicolás is my recommendation since the drinks had a reasonable price, and the breathtaking view was free of charge.
Unfortunately, the Iglesia de San Nicilás due to renovation is closed until 28.Febr. 2018. Maybe the Mosque kept its doors closed too from sympathy. Don’t worry; the view is there.
Written October 24, 2017
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Usman H
Manchester, UK148 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Was simply gorgeous at night time, had the best view of the Al hambra and all of grenada. Doesn't show up to well on a camera. If you come at night time be mindful that it is difficult to get a taxi. You can get a taxi number to call but if you dont speak spanish then it can be troublesome. another taxi driver helped us book one... god bless his soul
Written August 5, 2018
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