The property is located in a traditional Granadine residential neighbourhood at the foot of the Alhambra woods. The cobbled streets are traffic free and peaceful, but in five minutes you can walk down to Plaza Nueva, the historic central square of the city. From here you are within easy reach of the Albayzin...the old moorish quarter, or the cathedral and the main commercial area of the city. There are innumerable bars and restaurants close by ... we will be happy to recommend if you so wish. You couldn't be much nearer to the Alhambra. In a couple of minutes you are in the woods that lead up to the palace. If you want to visit the Alhambra, make sure you book entrance tickets in advance. We have lived in the property since renovating it in 1988, but in 2009 we created two apartments in part of the house. There are two patio areas for your use. Registered with the Andalusian Tourist Authority, Nº: VFT/GR/00219.
- Apartment409 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 18, 2018
About Richard Nother
Richard and Esperanza met in London in mid 70's. Esperanza studied art at the Royal College of Art; Richard played with both Joe Strummer and John Lydon in various bands of the time. They moved to Granada in 1988, having restored the ruin that they had found at the foot of the Alhambra. With their children leaving home, they decided to convert a section of the house in to two independent apartments. They still live in a seperate part of the house. Esperanza, an active artist with regular international exhibitions of her paintings and sculpture, has a ceramic studio off the patio. Some of her work is used in the decoration of the apartments. Richard is still involved in music: both playing and producing musical events. They are both more than happy to share their extensive local knowledge.
Richard Nother purchased this Apartment in 1985
Why Richard Nother chose Realejo-San Matias
Having decided that we wanted to move from London to Granada we couldn't believe our luck when Esperanza's brother sent us a photo of a dilapidated ruin at the foot of the Alhambra. We had wanted to live in the centre of the city, but to have found a property in this perfect position was more than we could have hoped for. Perched on the side of the Alhambra hill with views to the front overlooking the city, and behind us a green swathe of the Alhambra woods we couldn't have asked for more. Just pedestrian cobbled streets in the neighbourhood, which suits us fine. Bird song for car horns is our preference, yet in 5 minutes you are in the centre of the city with the necessary shops bars and restaurants. We renovated the house and had space for a ceramic workshop for Esperanza.
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartments really do combine two apparently opposite characteristics. We are right in the historic centre of the city with bars and restaurants 5 minutes walk down the hill, yet at the same time we are tucked away in a quiet (and safe) traffic-free area. Three minutes walk up the hill brings you to the Alhambra woods with its running water, bird song, and deliciously cool respite from Granada's summer heat. You have absolute privacy during your stay, but we are on hand to help out in any way that we can. We want you to enjoy your stay here!!!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A wonderful apartment in the best location in Granada!
This was our second stay at Almanzora Alta. Richard gave us a cheery, friendly welcome back.
The apartment was exactly as it was when we were here in 2016 - charming, clean and very comfortable. Richard and Esperanza were great hosts and once again gave us insights into Granada which many tourists might not be aware of. These contributed to yet another wonderful time in this fascinating city.
We have already recommended the property to our New Zealand friends, who stayed here last year, and will continue to recommend it.
Virginia and Ralph,
So glad you enjoyed your stay, and great to meet up again. All the very best!!
Were all the action is ...
If you have good legs and plan on discovering as much of Granada as it so generously has to offer, then this cozy little appartment has it all for you. It is only a few minutes away from the central locations of Plaza Nueva and Plaza Isabel la Catolica, from where very reasonably priced local transportation or walking will take you most averywhere in Grenada (Alhambra, Generalife, Abaixcin, Sacromonte, old Jewish Quarter, Cathedral, Fish Market, ...). Besides, you will find in your hosts, Richard and his Spanish artist wife Esperanza, both excellent conversationists, all the advice you will need to make your stay a ,memorable one.
The flat is small, very clean, simply furnished and perfectly located for the old part of town and the Alhambra (less than 5 minutes walk to the main entrance) . Richard was a great host - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful but not overly intrusive. Would stay again in a heart beat and thoroughly recommend.
Comfortable & Well Located
Richard is a very helpful host and we were very comfortable in his compact and well equipped apartment which is well situated for the Alhambra Palace, restaurants and shops, and near to the On/Off bus for sight seeing. We felt totally in the heart of things and enjoyed a very pleasant stay of several days..
Glad that you enjoyed your stay. All the best, Richard
Great Find-Great Stay
We had a memorable visit to Granada in large part due to our stay at the Alhambra apartments. Richard explained everything about the apartment and provided a list of restaurants and places we might want to take in. His suggestions were spot on. The apartment was clean and everything we needed was there or close by, as it's centrally located. There is work throughout the space by his wife, Esperanza, a very talented artist, making one feel at home and reflecting care of ownership. There are many other positive attributes, but to get to the point, we are lucky to have found " our kind of place".
So glad you enjoyed your stay, All the very best to you both!
An amazing experience! Could not ask for more.
I think I could write a book about the positive experience we had in Granada and so much of it was because of the suggestions, kindness, and selflessness of our hosts. The apartment was spacious, comfortable , full of original art, reliable wi-fi, information about restaurants, shopping, car parking etc. We used our little patio to enjoy the sunlight and a glass of Cava or wine on several occasions. It is located in the historic district so you don't have cars running up and down the street all night long. We could see the Alhambra entrance just steps from our front door. Richard drew maps to help us find hikes, suggested an incredible little business to see some Flamenco dancing up close in a small area, great restaurant recommendations and on and on. I miss figured on our schedule by one day and Richard was right on it helping us find a place to stay. We are both in our early 60's and had no problem with the walk up hill to the apartment. It is well stocked with microwave, stove, oven, coffee maker, water boiler, washing machine, drying rack. Whatever we needed was there. I would rent this lovely apartment again without any regret. Our hosts truly helped us have an amazing experience in Granada. Michael Hill, NC, USA.
So glad you enjoyed your stay! Good to know you and do hope we meet again.
Please note that if you have restricted mobility, our apartments are probably not for you. Access to the house is an uphill walk, followed by 35 steps up to the house. Coast/Beach: Nearest beach at Salobreña, a 45 min drive. Other good beaches on Granada coast at Calahonda (1h15), sea fishing at Carchuna (1h10), scuba diving La Herradura (1h20). Best night-life found at Almuñecar (1h15) If you have time, we highly recommend a 2 hour drive to the unspoilt beaches within the Natural Park area of "Cabo de Gata" in Almeria. Take refreshments with you to these beaches as the protected coastline has neither bars, shops or hotels. Accommodation easily found in nearby San Jose. Travel: Granada is NOT a car-friendly city! If you come by car we recommend using a car park for the duration of your stay, except for any trips to local beaches, mountains, villages etc. The carpark we recommend is close to the city ring road, and just a short taxi ride from the apartments. Granada is nearest airport 25Km. Regular buses from airport to town centre or taxi (approx 25€). Malaga airport is 130Km. 1h 45min journey time.