ALBAYZIN APARTMENT WITH VIEWS
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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A 3 bedroom executive apartment with views of Alhambra and free WIFI set on the first floor of beautifully restored 16th century carmen. The apartment is in a peaceful location in the oldest and most attractive district of Granada known as the Albayzin. It is in the lowest part of the Albayzin and so is very convenient for the town centre. It is only 5 minutes walk to Plaza Nueva and just a couple of minutes away from countless shops, tapas bars and restaurants. Buses and taxis regularly leave Plaza Nueva for the nearby Alhambra Palace (10 minutes walk). The apartment itself has been lovingly restored in 2007 using traditional materials and styles popular in local architecture. Features include traditional slate and clay tiles, exposed wooded beams, stylish Nazari pine doors and shutters, and tasteful Moorish style furnishings throughout. Despite its traditional feel the apartment still boasts the best in modern amenities including powerful reverse cycle air-conditioning and heating, flat screen TV, DVD, digitalbox, fully equipped kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, oven). It is a much loved holiday home for ourselves and our young children and as such has been fitted out to a high standard and very suitable for young families (with a highchair and cot provided).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Costa Tropical 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Granada Jaen 20 km, Nearest railway: Granada railway station 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is decorated and furnished to a very high standard throughout. The style is traditional in keeping with the architectural features of the building and Moorish influences. It is also very comfortable. The whole property is very light and airy with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams in the bedrooms and bathroom. There are traditional wooden shutters throughout which block out the light completely for a very sound nights sleep or can be flung open on a sunny day. Thick walls and tiles serve to keep the apartment cool on a hot day but there is also reverse cycle air-conditioning for your comfort (which can heat as well as cool the apartment). There is an attractive shared internal courtyard. Two of the three bedrooms have private balconies which face onto a quiet street and have views of the stunning Alhambra Palace. The third bedroom has double doors opening to give views of the central courtyard and sky above. The stylish bathroom is fully tiled with local Nazari tiles and equiped with marble washbasin, walk-in shower, wc and bidet.
The apartment boasts the best in modern amenities: reverse cycle air-conditioning and heating, FREE WIFI in apartment, flat screen TV, digital box (many programmes/films can be accessed in English by selecting English as source language on this digital box), DVD player, fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, oven, kettle, crockery, cutlery, pans, utensils etc.)
Cot and highchair available for baby.
Clothes airer, iron and ironing board available.
|Further details outdoors|
Views of Alhambra from the 2 private balconies. Benefits from shared internal courtyard. Several rooms have views over courtyard. The street itself is pedestrianised thus making for a very peaceful location. Parking is available in a number of public subterranean carparks nearby. Further details of these and directions are available from the owner on request.
Fresh towels and linen are provided without additional charge.
There is no additional charge for cleaning and laundry at the end of the let or for hot water and electricity.
Smoking not permitted inside the property although you may smoke outside on the private balconies or in the central courtyard.
The Andalucia region
Granada is one of the few regions of Spain where free tapas is still served with your drinks.
There is a strong Moorish influence in Andalucia and Granada, from the time that the Moors ruled in Spain. This translates to some unique and interesting architecture such as in the Alhambra palace, and many riad -style houses (carmens) built around central courtyards. Our apartment is in a converted 16th century carmen built around such a courtyard and is set in the most historic district of Granada city, the Albayzin.
There is a nearby ski resort with the stunning Sierra Nevada just 45 minute drive away, accessible by bus or taxi. You can ski on up to eight different pistes while enjoying views of the Mediterranean sea. On a clear day it is possible to see as far as the coast of North Africa.
There are also 2 18 hole golf courses within 30 minutes drive (city of Granada and Santa Clara golf clubs). Other activities include walking, cycling and horse riding in the mountains. The surrounding coutryside is very scenic and well worth exploring.
Granada is a bustling University city which is very popular with visitors from around Spain aswell as from the rest of the world.
Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period, and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs, invading the peninsula in the 8th century, gave it its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile.
The Albayzin is the most historic and enchanting area of Granada. It is a Unesco world heritage site where development is strictly controlled to maintain the charm of the area. It is a fascinating labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses with secluded inner gardens known as carmens. It is set upon a gentle hill facing the Alhambra palace. Our apartment was created within a 16th century carmen which was lovingly restored in 2007. The Plaza de San Nicolas, a short walk up from our apartment, is famous for its magnificent view of the Moorish Alhambra palace.
The Alhambra palace is a must see for any visitor to Granada. It is one of the architectural jewels of Western Europe. It consists of a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. This mighty compound of buildings stands at the foot of Spain’s highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada.
There is also a splendid cathedral (5 minutes from the apartment), bull ring and many lovely Plazas and parks.
The owners can recommend some lovely places to eat and drink in Granada or you can enjoy exploring on your own. Either way we are sure you will find some wonderful tapas and dining experiences here. Seafood and cured hams are local specialities but a wide range of delicacies is available. If you prefer to cook at home the nearest supermarket to buy food is El Corte Ingles, about 10 minutes walk from the apartment. Or you can visit Mercadona or Hipercor slightly further from the apartment.
Granada is also rich with shopping experiences ranging from clothing and shoes to art and souvenirs. There are very colourful bazaars nearby in the lower Albayzin which sell Morrocan wares including clothes, bags, lamps, jewellery, shoes and furniture. There are a number of arabic cafes amongst them where you can drink exotic teas and eat fabulous pancakes aswell as more traditional North African cuisine.
There are a number of festivals and cultural events in Granada. The most colourful and popular is the Semana Santa (holy week) processions around the Easter period. Thre are also theatres and cinemas nearby and even a couple of charming little flamenco and music bars within a few hundred yards of the apartment. Despite the proximity of all these attractions the apartment itself is very peaceful, set back in a small pedestrianised street.
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17 Jul 2014
"Romantic and traditional Moorish apartment in UNESCO world heritage Granada."
This was my second stay in Granada, returning to this property which had been improved since my first visit by the demolition of a nearby building so that there are now proper views of the Alhambra from the apartment! Apartment is in a beautiful part of the old town, cobbled and steep streets though so not great for wheelchairs or buggies.
The apartment is sympathetically furnished in a traditional manner. There are nice balconies and a spacious living area. Clean. Friendly owners.
Would recommend for a group of friend or couples looking for a romantic getaway.
Granada and the Alhambra are truly stunning and worth visiting.
6 Jan 2014
"Location worth it"
While this place is a challenge to arrive and depart it is such a wonderful corner of the old quarter that you quickly forget. Beauty and charm everywhere you walk and around the corner from fantasti… More
8 Jul 2013
"Un lugar idóneo para alojarse en Granada"
Cuando mi grupo de amigos decidimos buscar un piso para alquilar un fin de semana en Granada, esta fue una de las opciones que más me llamó la atención: el precio, la localización, y las fotos del… More
1 Dec 2012
"lovely traditional Moorish apartment in historic old town of Granada"
Stayed here with 2 other couples but it is also prefect for a romantic weekend away. In fact loved it so much that this is the second time I have rented this apartment - first time was with my partner.
Loved that the apartment is in a traditional old building across the river from the Alhambra, up cobbled streets in the romantic whitewashed old part of Granada. There is Moorish style decor and furniture throughout in keeping with the buildiing. Walking distance to all the tapas bars and to the Alhambra. Great place to spend a few days, there's lots to see and do in Granada as well as great food!
This apartment wouldn' t be suitable for those with limited mobility / heavy prams/ buggies due flight of (traditional old picturesque!) wooden stairs to get up to the front door. But this is a really lovely place to stay if you are interested in staying in and seeing historical Granada or for a break away with friends to sample the tapas bars.
ps. although no wifi in the apartment cafe 4 gatos just around the corner has free wifi.
2 Oct 2012
"Excellent location to explore Granada"
My husband and I stayed here with our two teenager children and were very happy with the accommodations. The piso was clean, spacious, and well equipped. Having spent time in Granada before, it is without question one of the best locations to explore the entire city, especially the Albaycin and Alhambra. We would stay here again!
26 Sep 2012
"Lovely apartment, excellent location, helpful owners."
Really enjoyed our stay in this charming apartment, we have stayed twice before. It is very nicely furnished and well equipped . Loved sitting on the balconies on sunny mornings. The apartmentis right in the heart of the Albayzin and cafes. Town is easy to walk to. The owners gave us two maps and lots of recommendations of nice places to eat. Could even get fresh bread in the street nearby and a good grocery store around the corner. The Alhambra is close by. Looking forward to our next stay here.
So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in our apartment. We very much look forward to you staying again. As returning guests we will be happy to offer you a good discount!
20 Sep 2012
"A comfortable and spacious holiday rental in a splendid period courtyard property."
Granada is an enchanting city with plenty to see and do. This stunning apartment is situated conveniently near to (but far enough away from) the buzzing shops, bars and cafes of the beautiful old town. The apartment is clean, cool and comfortable. It is decorated and furnished to a high standard. The charming British owners provided useful information prior to arriving. I loved it so much that I have been twice and hope to go again very soon! Truly delightful.
12 Jul 2012
"Fabulous Albayzin Historic Apartment"
This was our second trip to Granada and love staying in the historic Albayzin quarter. I like the charm and ease of getting to central attractions. Our family has two kids (ages 7 and 12) so we did ha… More
We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our apartment. Hopefully you will get a chance to visit us again on your third trip to Granada! Kind regards, Anita and Shaun
4 Jul 2012
"No one available to help"
There owner/manager of this apartment does not live in Granada and there is no one available locally . This makes it impossible for me to recommend this apartment. This apartment was very difficult to find in the winding streets of Granada. When we finally located the small unnamed store that had the key, the store owner did not know which was the correct key. There was no one available to show us how to use the air conditioning or internet or help us find a local grocery to buy supplies. On our last night, the neighbors had an all night party that kept us up until 4 am.
We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your stay in Granada. It is regrettable that you didn't attempt to contact us on our mobiles or by email at any point during your trip - we would probably have been able to resolve these issues for you. We also have a local lady who prepares the apartment and organises maintenance. She is always happy to be contacted in case of urgent problems but we were unaware of them until now. The Albayzin is an historic UNESCO world heritage site and we believe much of its charm lies in its winding lanes. The whole area can be a little difficult to navigate but this is not unique to our apartment and we provide detailed maps and directions and are always very happy to answer queries. It is very unfortunate that your stay was disrupted by noise late at night. We can sympathise with this but obviously it is not something that we could have prevented, even if we were in Granada at the time. We have never been woken at night from excessive noise and none of our previous guests have ever complained about the neighbours before. It is usually exceptionally peaceful at night, despite it's proximity to town.
2 Jul 2012
This 3 bedrooms apartment in Albayzin area is very nice! There was a big issue for us is the hilly site. It was quite difficult to toll your bags up and down on the sloping hill. It took us awhile to… More
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