|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
A 3 bedroom executive apartment set on the first floor of beautifully restored 16th century carmen. The apartment is in a sought after and peaceful location in the oldest and most attractive district of Granada known as the Albaycin. It is in the very lowest part of the Albaycin and so is extremely convenient for the town centre. It is only 5 minutes walk to Plaza Nueva and just a few footsteps to charming local shops, tapas bars and restaurants. You can walk to the Alhambra palace in just 10 minutes. Buses and taxis also regularly leave Plaza Nueva for the nearby Alhambra Palace. The apartment itself has been lovingly restored in 2007 using traditional materials and styles popular in local architecture. Features include traditional slate and clay tiles, exposed wooded beams, stylish Nazari pine doors and shutters, and tasteful Moorish style furnishings throughout. Despite its traditional feel the apartment still boasts the best in modern amenities including air-conditioning and heating, flat screen digital TV, DVD, free wifi, fully equipped kitchen. (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer, oven, kettle, crockery and utensils).
The apartment: The apartment is decorated and furnished to a very high standard throughout. The style is traditional in keeping with the architectural features of the building and Moorish influences. It is also very comfortable and has all the modern amenities. The whole property is very light and airy with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams in the bedrooms and bathroom. There are traditional wooden shutters throughout which block out the light completely for a very sound nights sleep or can be flung open on a sunny day. Thick walls and tiles serve to keep the apartment cool on a hot day but there is also reverse cycle air-conditioning for your comfort (which can heat as well as cool the apartment). There is an attractive shared internal courtyard in this restored 16th century carmen. Two of the three bedrooms have private balconies which face onto a quiet street, have stunning fiews of the Alhambra opposite, and are not overlooked. The third bedroom has double doors opening to give views of the central courtyard and sky above.
Travel in Granada: The best way to travel around Granada is on foot or by bus and taxi. The nearest taxi rank is in Plaza Nueva, 5 minutes walk from the apartment. Buses also leave from nearby Cathedral for the city, central bus station and airport. The nearest airport is Granada Jaen which is 30 minutes by taxi or 45 minutes by bus. A taxi to Plaza Nueva should cost 25 Euros. The reliable airport bus will take you from Granada airport to the Cathedral for 3 Euros. Malaga airport is 90 minutes by taxi. Driving is less convenient and there is little parking in the city centre except in multi-storey subterranean pay and display carparks. The Albaycin itself is largely inaccessible by car due to its narrow cobbled streets - it is a unesco world heritage site and tourist attraction built long before the car was invented! The nearest car parks (parking san jeronimo and parking severo ochoa) are just 5 minutes on foot and cost from 10 euros per day/ 42 euros per week. It is well worth the 5 minute walk from the car parks because it is the most central part of the old town and the only area from which you can reach all the attractions and amenities on foot. We can provide more details on these nearby car parks if you do decide to bring your car to granada. We will also provide a detailed map and directions to guide you from the Cathedral bus stop or Plaza Nueva to the apartment (5 minutes walk).
Local amenities and activities: The owners can recommend some lovely places to eat and drink or you can enjoy exploring on your own. Either way we are sure you will find some wonderful tapas and dining experiences in Granada. Granada is one of the few regions of Spain where free tapas is still served with your drinks. Seafood is a local speciality but a wide range of delicacies is available. The nearest supermarket to buy food is El Corte Ingles, about 10 minutes walk. There is also a wealth of stylish clothes and shoes stores in the city centre. There is a nearby ski resort with the stunning Sierra Nevada just 45 minute drive away, accessible by bus or taxi. You can ski on up to eight different pistes while enjoying views of the Mediterranean sea. On a clear day it is possible to see as far as the coast of North Africa. There are also 2 18 hole golf courses within 30 minutes drive (city of Granada and Santa Clara golf clubs). Other activities include walking, cycling and horse riding in the mountains.
English/Australian couple with 2 small children. Love the Granada food and wine. Can give lots of recommendations! Have learnt some Spanish during our time in Granada. Granada is a great place to practice your language skills as people are very friendly.
Anita and Shaun Goff purchased this apartment in 2007
We fell in love with our apartment when we first saw it! We loved its traditional charm and moorish features. The area is so peaceful and yet there are so many lovely taps bars, cares and restaurants within a couple of minutes walk. Plus beautiful views. Our children have been visiting Granada since they were born so it is very special to us. It is a very family friendly place and also very authentic. We have furnished the apartment to our own high standards so that both ourselves and our guests can enjoy it as a home from home. We think that it is very comfortable and well equipped as well as beautifully decorated. We hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we have.
Just 5 minutes walk to town and 10 minutes walk to Alhambra palace. Lots of local amenities. Great air conditioning and fully fitted kitchen. 3 comfortable bedrooms with authentic antique furnishings. Fantastic area buzzing with life - cafes, tapas bars, flamenco, arts, souvenirs and a convenience store within a few hundred metres. Despite this it is a very peaceful apartment as it is set back in a small side street. Balconies aren't overlooked and have views of the Alhambra palace. There is also a cool inner courtyard.
The stay has been amazing and the apartment perfect I will book again as I wish to come back to granada a few times this year on my own.
It was a little tricky to find, through no fault of Anita's. We walked from a different direction and the tiny streets are like a labyrinth! However this was a small price to pay for the treasure we found and we actually enjoyed the challenge.....! Being so central in the old and beautiful part of the city was just extraordinary. We were able to walk easily to the Alhambra (stopping midway for breakfast) where we had a private guided tour. This is much to be recommended, it was our third visit to the palace and we were as thrilled as we were the first time with the extraordinary beauty.
The beds were comfy and the apartment so light and airy. There was no traffic noise as that area is all pedestrian only. We could see the Alhambra from two of the three bedrooms.
Thank you so much Anita and Shaun, we will be back!
Great location as close to Plaza Nueva. But we were surprised at the lack of cleanliness. Wet towels left in the washing machine were moldy. Coffee grounds left in the coffee machine were moldy. Very little toilet paper. Everything else just adequate. Also the entry door to the building squeaks horribly and so disrupts sleep through the day and night. Also the warped front door makes securing it quite difficult.
A fully equipped holiday home in a location that provides quick access to all the major sites. Beautiful views from the balcony at night. Anita's directions were really clear and easy to follow, important when navigating these windy streets.
This apartment was nice for our family of 5 - love having a washing machine. The owner is quick to respond by email. It is in an interesting location for tourists, and you can walk to many places. We loved being able to walk everywhere from this apartment. BUT, it is a steep and fairly long walk either uphill or downhill from the apartment to haul your luggage over cobblestone stairs and cobblestone paths.
This property is very conveniently located to many of the sites in Granada, and is also very close to many wonderful restaurants. We were able to walk to everywhere we wanted to be (but wear comfortable shoes--there are lots of hills and uneven surfaces!). Be sure to check out Quatros Gatos which is just around the corner--they have excellent breakfasts. The kitchen has everything you need but could be difficult to cook a full meal in since it is small. The bedrooms were all good size with ample storage.
Agree with what another reviewer posted that this apartment has a wonderfully rustic feel that is appropriate for the environment- the location and atmosphere of the building as well as the home itself seem to transport you to the heart and soul of Granada- the cobblestones, the winding alleys, the nearby plaza, the neighborhood café/pub and local market- exactly what one would hope for when selecting a historic building in an ancient neighborhood. Surprised that some reviewers comment on the inaccessibility because that's the charm of selecting a place like this- you truly feel like you have stumbled upon an authentic slice of "Granadian" life from decades if not centuries ago. The home's amenities are simple but more than adequate for our family of five (including - dishwasher, laundry machine, tv (although could be a tad larger- not that we were there to watch tv though!), coffee machine (a "necessity" for this American family)- had all that we needed. And finally, when wifi was acting spotty or we had other questions, the owner would get back to us within minutes. Can't beat that kind of responsiveness and effort to help make our stay as comfortable as possible. All in all, a great choice!
This 3 bedroom apartment with free wifi is set in the Historic Moorish area called the Albaicin. It is the oldest district of Granada and a UNESCO world heritage site and is made up of wonderful old buildings and narrow cobbled streets. It is set on a gentle hillside but our apartment is in the lowest part and so is much more convenient for the city centre and Alhambra than those higher up. It is just 5 minutes walk down a gentle slope to Plaza Nueva. The Alhambra Palace is set on the hillside opposite the Albaycin and is stunning, especially when lit up at night. There is a park near the apartment where you can sit and take in the views, or perhaps paint or take photographs of the Palace. The apartment is in a very peaceful side street which does not get much foot traffic and is too narrow to be bothered by passing cars. Despite this it is jut a couple of minutes by foot to the many local bars, cafes, Arabic bazaars and even venues hosting flamenco, jazz and local art.
Other Activities: Alhambra Palace, museums, art galleries, excellent shopping, local bazaars, tapas bars, restaurants, Flamenco, Jazz, Art galeries
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Prices are for up to 6 people staying in the property per week/night in Euros.
There is no additional charge for babies/toddlers up to the age of 2 sleeping in a cot.
The weekly rate is discounted. Deals available on longer let's.