Hotel in Granada
B Suites Centro Apartments: Calle Reyes Católicos, 27, 18001 Granada, Spain / http://www.bsuitescentro.com/
As many of the hotels were slightly out of the centre of Granada, I opted for the deluxe penthouse with a terrace at B Suites Centro Apartments at around £30 a night per person.
I was contacted beforehand by the apartment to see what time I was arriving and they answered a couple of queries I had about getting from Malaga to B Suites, which was very helpful. On arrival, the lady at reception was lovelt and answered more queries about Granada and also provided us with a map.
The apartment was wonderful – spacious downstairs area with a comfortable L shaped sofa and good kitchen space and utensils. Up the winding stairs was the bedroom with a double sized bed and wardrobe space and the bathroom.
The best bit was the terrace area with chairs, a sofa and umbrellas!
Absolutely brilliant location in the centre of town – easy walking distance from everywhere – the cathedral, tapas street, Alhambra and Sacromonte!
Things to do in Granada
We spent three wonderful days in Granada in June, just before the peak of summer but temperatures around 30-35 degrees, which was lovely.
We spent 2 and a half hours on a free walking tour of Granada old town with pancho tours – just meet them at 11am at Plaza Nueva next to the fountain, just in front of the Hotel Macia Plaza. If you think the tour is good and informative, just leave a tip at the end 🙂
The trip covered the following sights:
S. Gregorio Monastery
S. Anne Church
The Catholic kings and the “Reconquista”
Darro River’s walk
Lower Albaicín and its “mudejar” house
Main Mosque of Granada
S. Nicholas viewpoint
Plaza Larga and the famous “Pesas” Archway
We then spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the city in and around all the small winding streets exploring, including Calle Elvira, the colourful street with a Moroccan influence.
We spent the morning wandering around The Carrera del Darro and the Paseo de los Tristes, right next to the River Darro, crossed by two stone bridges and right near Plaza Nueva.
We spent the evening on a tour of the Sacromonte neighbourhood with Pancho tours again. We learnt about the famous Sacromonte neighborhood, one of the birthplaces of Flamenco, where the gypsies have been living for over 4 centuries and where tunnels and houses have been dug right inside the mountain.
Again, the tour was around 2/2.5 hours and was a proper hike around the hills with amazing views of Granada.
We finished up at a Flamenco show near the City Centre (we had heard that the Sacromonte caves were a little touristy) which was great fun in a small room, with seats right at the front.
If you want to visit the Alhambra, you MUST book tickets in advance – a month beforehand if possible and you have to pick a time to visit the Nasrid Palaces. I made the rooky mistake of thinking I could book them when I was out there but alas, they were all sold out!
Instead, we spent the day hiking up to the Alhambra and exploring the beautiful grounds around the palace – well worth it if you can’t get a ticket.
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