Would you like to know where to stay in Granada at the best price and with the best location? Well, the answer is easy and depends on several factors: time of year, area of the accommodation, the duration of your stay and the purpose of your trip.
In this guide I show you the different areas of Granada where you can stay. Whether you are looking for budget accommodation or luxury hotels, Granada has a wide range of hotels to suit your needs. As they say: better does not mean more expensive.
So whether you’re a backpacker making do with a bunk bed or you’re looking for the ultimate luxury in relaxation, you’ll agree that you’re all about comfort/price/location, so let’s get to it!
Table of contents
- 1 Stay in Granada city
- 2 Best places to stay in Granada
- 2.1 Plaza Nueva, the place for the very tourists
- 2.2 Sacromonte neighbourhood: cave houses & flamenco
- 2.3 Alhambra & Generalife area
- 2.4 The Albaicín, sleep in the most beautiful quarter of Granada
- 2.5 Alcaicería, Bib-Rambla and the Cathedral, close to everything in the capital
- 2.6 Calle Elvira and tea-shops area, multicultural relaxation
- 2.7 Calle Navas & Town Hall, area for tapas & pubs
- 2.8 Granada Conference & Exhibition Centre area
- 2.9 Train Station of Granada
- 2.10 Bullring of Granada area
- 3 Stay in Granada province
Stay in Granada city
Granada capital is divided into 8 different districts: Norte, Beiro, Chana, Albaycín, Centro, Ronda, Genil and Zaidín. The Centro, Albaicín and Ronda districts have the largest number of hotel accommodation places. If you are coming to the city for a period of approximately 2 to 5 days, these are the best areas to stay in. Whatever your plans in Granada, don’t miss out.
Best places to stay in Granada
Plaza Nueva, the place for the very tourists
Part of the historic city centre is an ideal place to stroll among some of the most emblematic monuments. It is full of life, tourists, restaurants and bars – without tapas -. The fountain there is one of the most common meeting points for tourists and guided tours in Granada.
More expensive to sleep in than other areas but the best place to stay to get to know Granada if you are staying no more than 2-3 days. Locals tend not to move around in this area unless they are going somewhere specific because it is usually very crowded.
Just in front of the Plaza Nueva, you will find the place for relaxation and a dip in the thermal waters of the Arab baths Hamman Al-andalus. Five minutes away from any interesting place that is on your weekend agenda. It gets a little bit busy in some seasons of the year but there are plenty of tapas bars, romantic restaurants and shops full of souvenirs.
Sacromonte neighbourhood: cave houses & flamenco
Would you like to sleep in a cave house? Then this is the neighbourhood for you. The most folkloric, gypsy and flamenco quarter of the capital. Amongst the caves, well connected to the Albaicín and the Abadía del Sacromonte, a different place to stay in the capital of Granada.
However, there is one thing you should bear in mind: you are in an area that, despite being “in the centre”, is quite far from the city centre and communication by car is quite limited unless you use public transport such as taxis or buses.
Alhambra & Generalife area
The red fortress area. The monumental complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife, a World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the forest that takes its name from the monument and where the Palace of Charles V is also located. A beautiful, unique and romantic setting.
Best choice for an express getaway to visit the most visited heritage building in Spain. Some of the most expensive and luxurious hotels in Granada are located in this area.
The Albaicín, sleep in the most beautiful quarter of Granada
The most emblematic neighbourhood of Granada, historic district and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is undoubtedly one of the districts of Granada most chosen by tourists to sleep in the city. Getting up, opening your window and having the Alhambra in front of you is priceless.
Alcaicería, Bib-Rambla and the Cathedral, close to everything in the capital
Here, the only thing that will be far away is the Alhambra. Historic district but adapted to modern times, without losing any of its charm. An area of shops, tourists and locals. Ideal for shopping and discovering original shops without setting foot on Recogidas Street. Meeting point, tourist souk and next to one of the most beautiful and solemn Cathedrals in Spain.
Calle Elvira and tea-shops area, multicultural relaxation
If you like hustle and bustle, Calle Elvira and its area of tea shops, tapas bars and pubs will be your ideal resting place. Because rest, maybe you won’t have any. But you will have plenty of partying and fun. Many of the bars and pubs are already almost adapted for tourists: with huge TV screens to broadcast international football and rugby.
Located in a central district of the capital, Calle Navas is another meeting point for visitors. Tapas bars and restaurants on both sides of the small street will fill your senses and your stomach as well. Next to this street, you will also find Calle Ángel Ganivet: a meeting place for the crème de la crème of the capital. A large pedestrian area with select shops in Granada: jewellers, restaurants or the 4-stars Hotel Meliá Granada.
Granada Conference & Exhibition Centre area
If you are visiting Granada for business, international congresses, trade fairs, informative conferences or big shows, the area of the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Granada is perfect. Especially if the event takes place there. We highlight the Hotel Saray, just behind it. Well communicated with the rest of the city, several private car parks nearby and close to the Paseo del Salón, where you can go for a walk or go running.
Train Station of Granada
Granada Train Station – Also host High Speed Train AVE – is a nodern area with a beautiful boulevard that runs along one of the main arteries of the city. Ideal for business and with good connections. Perfect link with buses, trains and taxis due to its equidistance to almost anywhere in the centre of Granada.
Bullring of Granada area
This area is popular with university students, so there is a good atmosphere and tapas bars. It is an ideal place to stay if you come to Granada also for the Corpus Christi festivities due to its proximity to the bullring and the good connection with buses that take you to the fairgrounds.
Stay in Granada province
If rural tourism is one of your passions, Granada province has a lot to offer you. Sleeping in the hotels and refuges of the Sierra Nevada ski resort or booking accommodation in the Alpujarra is a great plan: hiking, horse riding, enjoying the local gastronomy, the local fiestas and above all, the people. A multicultural melting pot of travellers who came to explore and ended up staying for life.
Sierra Nevada: National and Natural Park
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada, Granada, where snow-capped peaks invite you to adventure. Imagine gliding down the slopes, feeling the fresh mountain air invigorate your senses. After a day of thrilling descents, relax in cosy alpine huts and indulge in the tasty local cuisine. Whether you are an experienced skier or a beginner eager to learn, Sierra Nevada offers an unforgettable winter getaway that promises excitement and tranquillity amidst breathtaking natural scenery.
Beaches on the Costa Tropical
One of the most popular destinations for inland and international tourists: the Costa Tropical. A pleasant climate for more than 6 months of the year makes the coast of Granada an ideal place to disconnect for a weekend or longer periods. Are you looking for hotel accommodation and flats on the coast of Granada?