A 3 bedroom executive apartment set on the first floor of beautifully restored 16th century carmen. The apartment is in a sought after and peaceful location in the oldest and most attractive district of Granada known as the Albaycin. It is in the very lowest part of the Albaycin and so is extremely convenient for the town centre. It is only 5 minutes walk to Plaza Nueva and just a few footsteps to charming local shops, tapas bars and restaurants. You can walk to the Alhambra palace in just 10 minutes. Buses and taxis also regularly leave Plaza Nueva for the nearby Alhambra Palace. 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 air-conditioning and heating, flat screen digital TV, DVD, free wifi, fully equipped kitchen. (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer, oven, kettle, crockery and utensils).
The apartment: 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 and has all the modern amenities. 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 in this restored 16th century carmen. Two of the three bedrooms have private balconies which face onto a quiet street, have stunning fiews of the Alhambra opposite, and are not overlooked. The third bedroom has double doors opening to give views of the central courtyard and sky above.
Travel in Granada: The best way to travel around Granada is on foot or by bus and taxi. The nearest taxi rank is in Plaza Nueva, 5 minutes walk from the apartment. Buses also leave from nearby Cathedral for the city, central bus station and airport. The nearest airport is Granada Jaen which is 30 minutes by taxi or 45 minutes by bus. A taxi to Plaza Nueva should cost 25 Euros. The reliable airport bus will take you from Granada airport to the Cathedral for 3 Euros. Malaga airport is 90 minutes by taxi. Driving is less convenient and there is little parking in the city centre except in multi-storey subterranean pay and display carparks. The Albaycin itself is largely inaccessible by car due to its narrow cobbled streets - it is a unesco world heritage site and tourist attraction built long before the car was invented! The nearest car parks (parking san jeronimo and parking severo ochoa) are just 5 minutes on foot and cost from 10 euros per day/ 42 euros per week. It is well worth the 5 minute walk from the car parks because it is the most central part of the old town and the only area from which you can reach all the attractions and amenities on foot. We can provide more details on these nearby car parks if you do decide to bring your car to granada. We will also provide a detailed map and directions to guide you from the Cathedral bus stop or Plaza Nueva to the apartment (5 minutes walk).
Local amenities and activities: The owners can recommend some lovely places to eat and drink or you can enjoy exploring on your own. Either way we are sure you will find some wonderful tapas and dining experiences in Granada. Granada is one of the few regions of Spain where free tapas is still served with your drinks. Seafood is a local speciality but a wide range of delicacies is available. The nearest supermarket to buy food is El Corte Ingles, about 10 minutes walk. There is also a wealth of stylish clothes and shoes stores in the city centre. 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.