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Do you know the best areas where to stay in Granada? In this post, I’ll tell you the best places to begin exploring this lively Andalusian city.

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Granada is a city that I’m very fond of. The first time I visited was a little over 5 years ago, but we came back last year. On this latest trip, we made a 5 day stop to experience the Christmas season.

The truth is that we also had planned a visit to the Sierra Nevada but by a twist of fate (and some setbacks) it could not be 🙁 . Anyway, we enjoyed this new adventure through Granada.

Sierra Nevada view from San Nicolás
Sierra Nevada

Where to stay in Granada?

On the two occasions that I visited Granada, I liked the places we chose to stay. I will give you details of where it was, the reasons why I liked them, and what you can do near

Besides, which areas are comfortable, safe and well located to the action in Granada.


The Albayzín or Albaicín is the oldest and most picturesque neighborhood in the city. Here we stayed the first time and it’d be my first option to stay in Granada.

If you like a bohemian and relaxed vibe you will love to stay in this area and explore its enigmatic alleys. You can walk to Plaza Nueva to rest, have a snack and even see street performers.

Why choose it

  • It is the most traditional and historical neighborhood of Granada
  • For its narrow streets and its balconies with flowers. Its Moorish architecture and its accommodations in Arabian nights style.
  • For its lively and gypsy vibe.
  • It is close to the viewpoints, especially the San Nicolás viewpoint.
  • Because it’s near the center and the cathedral.
  • From here it’s easy to access the Alhambra and get fabulous views of it.
  • You can reach the caves and the Sacromonte museum by walking.
  • There are several teahouses where you can taste Moroccan delights and tea.
Albayzin is a picturesque neighborhood where  to stay in Granada
Typical Andalusian style shops
restaurant in the albayzin, an ideal quarter where to stay in Granada
Restaurant in the Albayzin


The only bad thing about this area where to stay in Granada is that you must climb a steep street to get there (if you want to be in the upper part). Even with a good condition going up every day is tiring.

But you can stay in the lower part or take the bus that goes up Carrera del Darro street if you don’t want to walk. Don’t let that discourage you because this area is worth it.

climbing the steep street to reach the Albayzin quarter
Albayzin has a higher part

Where to stay

On our first trip we stayed in an apartment called El Balcón del Albaicín.
apartment in Albayzin Granada Spain
My apartment in Granada (sorry about the mess)

I liked this apartment a lot, it’s located in the Plaza de Fátima, just on the main street. There are public transport stops a few steps away and it’s ideal for exploring the Albayzín alleyways

It’s very close to Mirador San Nicolás and this was the first place that our host took us just arriving. By the way, the host is a very kind and attentive man.

You can check more accommodation options in this Albayzín apartments selection.

Realejo-San Matías

Realejo- San Matías is the old Jewish quarter of Muslim Granada. It has maze-like streets and vibrant daily life.

street in Realejo, a great neighborhood where to stay in Granada
Street in Realejo-San Matías

why choose it:

  • Because it’s at the foot of the Alhambra and from here it is very easy to get there.
  • Because it has many attractive sites and monuments to visit, like The Santo Domingo church.
  • There are many interesting restaurants, supermarkets, and shops (like souvenir shops)
  • It’s very close to the center so is easy to access to its attractions.
  • It’s also a walkable distance from the Albaicín so you can explore it leisurely
Cuesta de Gomerez where we stayed in Granada
Cuesta de Gomerez Street


Well, the truth is that I can not think of any, except if you stay in the area farthest from downtown and the Alhambra. It might not be so interesting especially if it’s the first time you visit Granada.

Where to stay:

In my most recent trip to Granada, we stayed in this neighborhood. Although to tell the truth, we didn’t feel the atmosphere of Realejo as we were closer to Plaza Nueva in the center.

Our apartment was on Cuesta de Gomerez street that leads straight to the Alhambra so the location couldn’t be more perfect.

The accommodation is called Urban Suites Granada and they have some apartments with balcony and terrace. I stayed in one of the cheapest for 4 nights.

We were quite comfortable because the studio had everything. Washing machine, free wifi, heater and enough hot water (it was December and it was very cold).


Another convenient area where stay in Granada is the Center, specifically around the Cathedral. I haven’t stayed there, but on my last trip I did consider it.

If you want to know the essentials of what to see and do in Granada, check this publication: 10 places to visit in Granada. A mini guide.

another option where to stay in Granada is the city center
Granada downtown

Why choose it:

  • Well, it’s the center, so… closer impossible. Close to shops, public transport stops and a good distance from everything
  • Near the cathedral where you can also visit the Catholic Monarchs tomb.
  • Walking distance to the Albaicín and the Alhambra.
  • Near the Alcaicería (handcrafts market) and other souvenir shops.
  • Variety of restaurants and food establishments.
  • If you like shopping, nearby is the Corte Inglés store.


The only thing that occurs to me is that around the Cathedral are the scamming gypsies hahaha! 😀 No, but seriously, don’t accept anything from these women because then they ask for money and can be quite persistent.

And talking about scams, check out this post about Travel scams, my experience in Europe.

Where to stay

The center is the area with more accommodation options. You’ll find hotels, hostels, and apartments. And since I have not stayed in this area, I gathered a selection of the accommodations with positive reviews.


If you like adventure or original things, why not try to stay in a cave? Or at least, in the caves neighborhood: Sacromonte. It’s next to the Albaicín and is an interesting option to get accommodation.

In case you didn’t know, Sacromonte is the neighborhood where gypsies made their homes in caves. It is said that later Jews and Muslims joined them when they were expelled by the Catholic Monarchs.

Sacromonte is another interesting option where to stay in Granada
Sacromonte quarter

Why choose it:

  • It’s very close to the Albaicín and also to the Alhambra.
  • You have wonderful views of the Alhambra and the nature that surrounds it.
  • You have the option and possibility to stay in a cave and have a unique experience.
  • It’s one of the most peculiar and intriguing neighborhoods in Granada.


Depending on where you stay you can be somehow far from the center. Besides, there are not many accommodations available in this area and the ones that I found, well… they were not within my budget.

Where to stay

Anyway, I’ll share this example of a house in a cave in case that you decide to stay there.

This one caught my attention because it’s a single house or chalet with good reviews. It’s called Cueva Los Naranjos and… look at the pictures how cool it is.

If someone chooses to stay here or has already stayed in a cave, tell us your experience in the comments. Someday I will 😀

and you can also take a look at the accommodation options at Sacromonte on Booking.

Conclusion of where to stay in Granada

As I mentioned, my first option of where to stay in Granada is the albayzín. The accommodations are the nicest I’ve seen and there are options for all budgets.

My favorite area where to stay in Granada is albayzin
arab architecture in the Albayzin

You can also find everything from supermarkets, bakeries and handicraft shops. Whether you stay in the upper or lower part, you will not be wrong.

But any accommodation near the Alhambra, the Albayzín or the Cathedral will be ideal to explore all the beautiful corners in this city.

fountain Amapola on the way to Sacromonte
Fountain de la Amapola

What do you think about these areas? Have you visited Granada? What other areas or accommodations would you suggest? You can also ask your questions in the comments section and we’ll be happy to help you 🙂

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Thanks for reading and bon voyage!

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  1. Pinning this for future reference. I have always wanted to visit Spain, and someday I WILL get there!

  2. This is exactly what everyone needs when embarking on a new vacation. I wish there were guides like this for all the places on my bucket list. After reading your post I have one more destination to add to the list! Thanks for sharing.

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