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Granada is one of the main cities in the Andalusia region in Southern Spain. It is particularly popular thanks to its stunning architecture dating back from the medieval times and the Moorish occupation of Spain.

However, figuring out where to stay in Granada can be a daunting task, especially during the summer when the city gets overcrowded with tourists.

This is exactly why I have decided to create this guide on where to stay in Granada.

After reading this guide, YOU will be the expert on where to stay in Granada, and finding the perfect neighbourhood fitting your style and your budget will be easy!

Let’s get started and explore where to stay in Granada.

 

Quick Answers – Where to Stay in Granada

  • Where to stay in Granada your first time – El Albaicin
  • Where to stay in Granada on a budget – La Chana
  • Best area to stay in Granada for nightlife – El Centro
  • Coolest place to stay in Granada – El Realejo
  • Best neighbourhood in Granada for families – Bola de Oro

 

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El Albaicin
El Albaicin is the oldest neighbourhood in Granada, and also the most picturesque. It has been built in the medieval times by the Moors on the hillside facing the Alhambra
Places to Visit:
  • Visit the world famous fortress of the Alhambra
  • Get lost in the maze-like streets on the hillside
  • Get up on a rooftop to get the best views over Granada and the Alhambra

 

Where to Stay in Granada

 

Best Hostel in Granada – El Granado

El Granado is a lively hostel located in the historical centre of Granada. Many activities, such as tapas tours and sangria nights are regularly organized so you do not have a chance to even think about getting bored! You can choose between a private room with an ensuite or a shared bathroom, or a bunk bed in a dormitory room.

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Best Budget Hotel in Granada – Hostal Verona Granada

The Hostal Verona Granada offers simple rooms in the centre of Granada. Each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning, a patio and a free Wifi connection. The hotel does not serve breakfast in the morning, but it is really easy to find within walking distance.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Granada – La Casa de la Trinidad

La Case de la Trinidad is a nice hotel in the centre of Granada. It rooms are fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a flat screen TV with international channels and soundproofing. The staff can welcome you around the clock at the reception and free Wifi access is provided.

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Granada Neighbourhood Guide

Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Granada

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El Albaicin

  • El Albaicin is the oldest neighbourhood in Granada, and also the most picturesque. It has been built in the medieval times by the Moors on the hillside facing the Alhambra
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La Chana

  • La Chana is a neighbourhood located a bit further away from the centre of Granada. However, it is strategically placed near the local university, making it very popular with students
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El Centro

  • El Centro is the city centre of Granada and one of the most popular neighbourhoods to stay in for tourists and visitors. Indeed, it is located near all the main sights including the Alhambra
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El Realejo

  • El Realejo is located in the central area of Granada and used to be the Jewish quarter of the city. It is a vibrant neighbourhood and it displays a really cool modern urban vibe that I love
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Bola de Oro

  • Bola de Oro is a quieter neighbourhood in Granada and as such is perfect for families who are looking for some rest from the hustle and bustle of the city at night
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Granada is one of the most important cities in the Andalusia region in the south of Spain, and one of the most visited cities in Spain. It boasts stunning architecture dating back to the medieval times and the Moorish occupation of Spain and has a vibrant nightlife filled with tapas and flamenco.

The city centre, called El Centro, is busy all the time and the heart of everything. Lots of tapas bars are located in the area, as well as traditional restaurants and nightclubs. If you are looking for cultural sights, the neighbourhood is dominated by the Cathedral.

Granada’s oldest neighbourhood is El Albaicin, which was built by the Moors on the hillside facing the Alhambra. You will love getting lost in its small streets which feel like a maze and get awesome views over the landscape around. The world famous Alhambra is located right next to El Albaicin. This medieval palace and fortress have some of the most beautiful architecture I ever got to see and is an absolute must-see when in Granada.

To the south, the old Jewish district of El Realejo inspires a different vibe. Street art is everywhere around here, and so are cool tapas places and bars. If you want to experience Granada like a local, El Realejo is the perfect place to stay!

The neighbourhood of La Chana is located a bit further away but is lively thanks to the students living around here, and is one of the cheapest areas to stay in Granada.

 

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5 Best Neighbourhoods To Stay In Granada

You may still feel confused about where to stay in Granada at this point. Let’s clear that up and look at each one of the 5 best neighbourhoods to stay in Granada.

 

1. El Albaicin – Where to stay in Granada your first time

El Albaicin is the oldest neighbourhood in Granada, and also the most picturesque. It has been built in the medieval times by the Moors on the hillside facing the Alhambra. There is truly something magical about this place, and it is easy to understand why it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thanks to its location, El Albaicin boasts the best views over Granada and the Alhambra. The fortress is located on the hill right next to El Albaicin. While a small castle already existed at this location before the arrival of the Muslims, it was them who really created the architectural masterpiece we know today. Make sure to get your tickets in advance as the Alhambra gets really busy, especially during the high season.

You can easily get lost in the small streets of El Albaicin; which were designed like a maze. This has been done on purpose so that the enemies would get lost.

El Albaicin, Granada

 

Things to see and do in El Albaicin

– Get lost in the maze-like streets on the hillside

– Visit the world famous fortress of the Alhambra

– Get up on a rooftop to get the best views over Granada and the Alhambra

 

Best Hostel in El Albaicin – White Nest Hostel Granada

The White Nest Hostel is a fun and friendly hostel with bright coloured rooms. Guests can choose between private rooms with either an ensuite or a shared bathroom or bunk beds in mixed or female only dormitory rooms. The hostel is clean and provides free internet access.

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Best Budget Hotel in El Albaicin – Hotel Macia Plaza

The Hotel Macia Plaza offers modern rooms in El Albaicin, walking distance away from the Alhambra. The rooms are modern and fitted with air conditioning, a private bathroom with a bathtub, a flat screen TV with international channels and a tea and coffee maker. A good breakfast is served in the morning.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in El Albaicin – Hotel Casa Moresca

The Hotel Casa Moresca is a superb hotel located in an old house with a stunning view over the Alhambra. The picturesque beamed rooms are fitted with air conditioning, an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub, and a flat screen TV with satellite channels. The breakfast is very good and a free Wifi connection is provided.

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2. La Chana – Where to stay in Granada on a budget

La Chana is a neighbourhood located a bit further away from the centre of Granada. However, it is strategically placed near the local university, making it very popular with students. As a consequence, accommodation tends to be much cheaper around here, and so do bars and restaurants. If you are traveling on a budget, this is the perfect neighbourhood for you!

While there are not so many touristic sights in the neighbourhood itself, La Chana is still easily accessible from the city centre and the Alhambra.

However, there is one thing that is extremely popular around here, and it is tapas! In order to cater to a student crowd, the portions are bigger and cheaper than other areas of Granada at the same time. Come here to experience a true local feel and taste some of the most authentic regional specialities. Take the opportunity to make some new friends amongst the students hanging around!

La Chana, Granada

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Things to see and do in La Chana

– Get some gigantic portions for a very small price in the tapas bars

– Get the local feel in the La Chana market

 

Best Budget Hotel in La Chana – The Martin House

The Martin House is a lovely guest house in La Chana neighbourhood in Granada. Each room features a private bathroom, air conditioning, a flat screen TV and a free Wifi connection. Some of the rooms are decorated in Moorish style. Guests can make use of the kitchen to cook and a good breakfast is served in the morning.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in La Chana – Camino de Granada Hotel

The Camino de Granada Hotel offers comfortable rooms fitted with a private bathroom with a bathtub and air conditioning. The hotel has a large terrace where guests can relax in the sun, as well as a nice outdoor swimming pool. The in house restaurant serves a nice breakfast in the morning, and regional food including tapas during the day and the evening.

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3. El Centro – Best area to stay in Granada for nightlife

El Centro is the city centre of Granada and one of the most popular neighbourhoods to stay in for tourists and visitors. Indeed, it is located near all the main sights including the Alhambra, and there is always something going on in El Centro.

Many restaurants, tapas bars and regular bars are scattered in the streets of El Centro, and all of them stay busy late into the night. If you feel like partying even more after that, there are also some good clubs in the area such as El Vogue. Staying in El Centro is convenient as you will save a significant amount of money on late-night taxi fares since you can walk back to your hotel.

The Cathedral is one of the main sights in the city centre. It was built in a traditional Spanish Renaissance style where the mosque used to stand, right after the region was conquered back by the Spanish throne. It is huge and is the 4th largest cathedral in the world.

El Centro, Granada

 

Things to see and do in El Centro

– Have churros on the Plaza Bib Rambla

– Have a late night experience in a tapas bar

– Visit the Granada Cathedral

 

Best Hostel in El Centro – El Granado

El Granado is a lively hostel located in the historical centre of Granada. Many activities, such as tapas tours and sangria nights are regularly organised so you do not have a chance to even think about getting bored! You can choose between a private room with an ensuite or a shared bathroom, or a bunk bed in a dormitory room.

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Best Budget Hotel in El Centro – Hostal Verona Granada

The Hostal Verona Granada offers simple rooms in the centre of Granada. Each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning, a patio and a free Wifi connection. The hotel does not serve breakfast in the morning, but it is really easy to find within walking distance.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in El Centro – La Casa de la Trinidad

La Case de la Trinidad is a nice hotel in the centre of Granada. It rooms are fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a flat screen TV with international channels and soundproofing. The staff can welcome you around the clock at the reception and free Wifi access is provided.

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4. El Realejo – Coolest place to stay in Granada

El Realejo is located in the central area of Granada and used to be the Jewish quarter of the city. It is a vibrant neighbourhood and it displays a really cool modern urban vibe that I love. If you are looking for something a little bit different than the traditional Moorish environment for your stay in Granada, El Realejo is the place to go.

El Realejo is covered in street art, most of which has been painted by El Nino de las Pinturas, the neighbourhood’s most famous street artist. Specialised tours are regularly organised so you can be sure not to miss any while learning about street art at the same time.

El Realejo is also a vibrant neighbourhood at night, with lots of cocktail and tapas bars that stay open until late. Check out places like Colagallo where you can get a delicious cocktail for no more than 4€!

El Realejo, Granada

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Things to see and do in El Realejo

– Get some insight on how the Jews used to live at the Jewish Museum

– Get some cheap but delicious cocktails in Colagallo

– Hop on a street art tour to get a real feel of the neighbourhood

 

Best Hostel in El Realejo – Granada Inn Backpackers

The Granada Inn Backpackers is a friendly and clean hostel located in the heart of El Realejo in Granada. It offers private rooms with an ensuite bathroom as well as bunk beds in dormitory rooms. Each guest has access to hot showers, an individual locker to keep your valuables safe and a personal reading light.

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Best Budget Hotel in El Realejo – Hotel NH Granada Centro

The Hotel NH Granada Centro is located in a historical building with an inner patio and offers rooms decorated in traditional Moorish style. Each room is fitted with air conditioning, a private bathroom with a bathtub and a minibar.  Free Wifi is available everywhere in the hotel and a very good buffet breakfast is served in the morning.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in El Realejo – Hotel Alhambra Palace

The Hotel Alhambra Palace is a castle-shaped hotel located right at the foot of the Alhambra in Granada. Its luxurious rooms are all fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, soundproofing and free Wifi access. A very good buffet breakfast is served in the morning. The in house bar boasts a superb terrace with stunning views over the city.

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5. Bola de Oro – Best neighbourhood to stay in Granada for families

Bola de Oro is a quieter neighbourhood in Granada and as such is perfect for families who are looking for some rest from the hustle and bustle of the city at night.

While there are no cultural sights per se in Bola de Oro, the city centre is located a short bus ride away and is easy to get to. If the kids are up for it, you can walk to the Alhambra and other places of interest in around 20 minutes. It is actually a very cool thing to do on a summer evening with a belly full of tapas!

In Bola de Oro, visitors will find lots of nice pedestrian areas lined up with leafy trees and great views over the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the distance. Around here, take the time to relax and slow down the pace after crazy days of visiting Granada.

Bola de Oro, Granada

 

Things to see and do in Bola de Oro

– Take a walk in the green pedestrian areas

– Take a quick bus to the city centre

– Soak in the views over the Sierra Nevada in the distance

 

Best Budget Hotel in Bola de Oro – Hotel Albero

The Hotel Albero is a small establishment offering comfortable rooms fitted with air conditioning and a private bathroom. The staff there is very helpful and prepares a good breakfast in the morning. Secured parking is available at the hotel and a free Wifi connection is provided.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Bola de Oro – Hotel Macia Real de la Alhambra

The Hotel Macia Real de la Alhambra is a modern hotel offering rooms fitted with air conditioning, a private bathroom with a bathtub, a seating area and a minibar. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers which can be used in the summer, as well as a bar and a restaurant.

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Final Thoughts On Where to Stay in Granada…

Granada is a city full of architectural wonder in Andalusia and is well worth a visit if you are traveling through Europe. The Alhambra is a unique sight and I love getting lost in the small streets of El Albaicin.

As such, El Albaicin is my favourite neighbourhood to stay in Granada, and it boasts amazing views over the fortress and the rest of the city.

My top choice in terms of hotels in Granada is La Casa de la Trinidad. The rooms there have all you need to be comfortable and are welcoming and clean.

If you are looking for backpacker’s accommodation, El Granado is a super friendly hostel with comfortable beds for the night.

Have I missed anything in this guide? Let me know in the comments! Buen viaje!

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