Granada is at its best as summer slips away and fall takes its place.
You’ll experience the same lovely temperatures as in spring or early summer, but with a more magical autumn sensation. The leaves start to change and the city begins to take on an almost magical fall feeling. Plus, there’s so much going on in and around the city that you’ll never be bored! If you’re visiting Granada in September, here’s what you need to add to your itinerary to make for an unforgettable trip.
Take part in the Virgen de las Angustias celebrations
The Virgen de las Angustias is the patron saint of Granada, and locals come out in full force to honor her throughout the second half of September. It all starts on September 15 with the flower offering at the Basilica de Las Angustias (Carrera de la Virgen, 42). Thousands of granadinos from near and far line up at the doors of the church to lay their floral offerings at the feet of this special interpretation of the Virgin Mary. The already stunning church looks positively breathtaking as more and more people add their flowers to the display.
Next, on the last Sunday of September (which falls on the 30th this year), the Virgen de las Angustias takes to the streets. As one of the most impressive religious processions of the year in Granada, the route covers all the main streets and plazas in the city center. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of stands where local vendors sell delicious autumn fruits and traditional torta de la Virgen pastries. This is a can’t-miss event if you’ll be in Granada in September!
Feel the music at Granada Sound
These days, it’s all about the music festivals, and one of the most popular in Andalusia takes place right here in Granada in September! Granada Sound brings together some of the best indie artists from all over the globe for an unforgettable music-filled weekend. Last year’s event drew more than 50,000 fans, and this year’s is projected to be bigger and better than ever. If you’re up for discovering some fantastic new music and making new friends from all over the world, save the date for September 21 and 22 when this year’s Granada Sound will take place.
Visit the Alhambra
The Alhambra is a must no matter what time of year you visit. However, if you plan to be in Granada in September, you’re in for a treat! Fall is one of the best times to visit the city’s most legendary and iconic monument. Temperatures begin to cool off from their scorching summer highs, and most of the tourists will have gone home. Take advantage of the lovely weather and thinning crowds to experience this gorgeous complex in all its glory.
Embrace a neighborhood tradition during the Romería de San Miguel Alto
The Albayzín is arguably Granada’s most famous barrio, and its picturesque whitewashed houses are one of the city’s most memorable sights. The centuries-old neighborhood also has a very strong cultural identity, and it’s more evident than ever during the Romería de San Miguel Alto. This small but powerful pilgrimage honors the patron saint of the Albayzín, St. Michael the Archangel, and is steeped in authentic local tradition.
The pilgrimage, which always takes place the last weekend of September, starts early in the morning as participants make their way from all corners of the city to the Albayzín. They travel using carts and horses, sticking true to the festival’s traditional roots. From there, the image of St. Michael is paraded through the streets of the Albayzín, ending up at its sacred hermitage in the afternoon. This year’s pilgrimage is scheduled for September 30, so don’t miss this incredible event if you’ll be here at the end of the month.
Take a food tour
What’s of the best things to do when visiting a new city? Eat your way around all the best local bars and restaurants! This is an especially great idea when visiting Granada in September. Take advantage of the warm, early fall evenings to discover the city through your tastebuds, one bite at a time!
Granada’s tapas scene is one of Spain’s most famous, but learning the unwritten rules of how to brave a crowded tapas bar can be intimidating for visitors. Our Tapas Like a Local Tour will show you the secrets of how to enjoy a tapas crawl like a born-and-bred granadino. Go behind the scenes of the city’s best-loved bars and restaurants and taste their best bites along the way!
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.