Where to stay in Granada

Où dormir à Grenade ?

Planning a vacation in Andalusia? Don’t miss Granada, and here are the best areas to stay!

The second most famous city inAndalusia after Seville, Granada is world-famous for being home to the Alhambra citadel and the palace of Charles the Fifth. A cultural and tourist mecca, Granada is also rich in history and requires several days to get to grips with it, to visit it and to get to know it. So you’ll need to rent accommodation or a hotel to visit Granada with peace of mind from A to Z. With a population of 237,800 (2016), the city has been shaped by multiple cultures and played an important role throughout its history.

To find a place to stay in Granada, you need to know that the city is subdivided into four old towns and a dozen neighborhoods. Each has its own culture, identity and history, and therefore its own ambience. Some are popular and festive – ideal for a surprise flamenco concert – while others are quieter or, on the contrary, very crowded. Here’s an overview of where to stay in Granada.

The Albaicin, or Albaycin

Albaicin, loger à Grenade

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Now a popular student district, it corresponds to the ancient village of Elvira. It’s also the city’s former Arab quarter, where Muslims took refuge from the Spanish during the Reconquista. This district offers a complete change of scenery, with its white buildings, its maze of narrow, stone-paved streets and its architecture typical of the Muslim era – it’s THE medieval district of the city. Albaycin was once home to the artists and workers who built the Alhambra.

As you stroll along, take advantage of the area’s watchtowers, offering a breathtaking view of the city, its flower-filled windows and the tranquility offered by the neighborhood. For a good night’s sleep, try renting an apartment with a view of the Alhambra for a heavenly wake-up call. In l’Albaycin, enjoy dusk and sunset from the mirador of Saint-Nicolas, a neighborhood that attracts lovers, students, tourists from all over the world, musicians and young bohemians. In Albaycin, you’ll find a high concentration of both budget and more refined hotels.

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Le Realejo

Realejo, loger à Grenade

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Realejo is a friendly, festive and trendy district. It boasts numerous bars and restaurants with terraces, where locals come to cool off on hot summer days. The Gardens of Carmen de los Mártires are the district’s main attraction, typical of the Andalusian style. The district is also home to the famous Alhambra and much of the Dehesa del Generalife park. In the days of the Nasrid dynasty – the city’s founders – this was the Jewish quarter. Today, the district is emblematic of Andalusian villas, with their gardens opening onto the street: the Cármenes. A pleasant place to stay in Granada if you like to party, albeit off the beaten track, but beware: there are a lot of tourists here.

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Sacromonte, the gypsy quarter

Sacromonte, loger à Grenade

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An old gypsy town, this is the district of the caves, beyond the walls of Don Gonzalo. This area has been inhabited since the 15th century, but others date the construction of the caves back to the Roman Empire. Numerous gypsy flamenco shows take place here, but more as a tourist attraction than as a cultural tradition. When the gypsies, driven out of Europe from all sides, settled here, they created a dance – the zambra gitana– which became known as flamenco. If you stay in this part of Granada, it’s like being immersed in another time.

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Main photo credit: Flickr – Hermann.Click