Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is presided over by the Alhambra and those snow-capped ranges. Despite the stronghold summoning travelers by the droves, the Andalusian city slips under the radar and offers a rich cultural experience minus the crowds of Spain’s largest cities.
Staying in Granada Centro or the Jewish quarter of Realej puts you within walking distance of the principal sights. The Moorish settlement of Albaicín (Albayzín) is the oldest part of town with spine-tingling vistas that justify the hilly terrain. This bohemian neighborhood trickles into Sacromonte, the cradle of flamenco art, where Spanish Gypsies carved homes right into the hillside. Grenada Airbnbs give you a choice of staying in one of these ancient cave houses, traditional Andalusian carmenes, and lofts in eyeshot of the Alhambra.
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Beautiful family home on Granada’s prettiest street
Stay in the quaintest vacation rentals straight off the photogenic Carrera del Darro. Comfortably lodging eight guests, the top-floor apartment is perfect for families with children. It’s more modern than other properties in town yet retains the original character of the UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood. Spend breakfasts and evenings congregating on the terrace with unobstructed views of Spain’s landmark fortress.
Eight guests, three bedrooms Price: $182 per night
Wake up to sunrise over the Alhambra and Generalife gardens at this Airbnb in Granada’s Albaicín. The sun trap of a terrace is furnished for afternoon tea breaks and chatty siestas while the interiors stay cool in summer thanks to the gushing water fountain and terracotta tiling. The palatial experience is topped off with a lavish bathing suite clad with Nasrid ceramics and a sunken hot tub.
Twelve guests, three bedrooms Price: $263 per night
A brand new listing from an established Superhost, this luxurious Airbnb is convenient for Grenada Centro and Realejo. The design marries traditional Spanish elements with premium appliances, a squashy couch, and silky soft linens. As the apartment straddles two floors and one bedroom has a kitchenette, it’s ideal for a pair of couples or vacationing friends who value privacy. The Jacuzzi completes an epic stay in Andalusia.
An alternative cave Airbnb in Grenada, this stylish rental sits on the outskirts of town on the main road to Sierra Nevada. Alpujarra textiles and Andalusian ceramics add comfort and warmth to the interiors while the outdoor space is a massive perk. As the pool and yard are shared with only one other unit, the property remains exclusive and serene. Parking is available otherwise it’s a two-minute walk to the nearest bus stop.
This open-concept studio near Sacromonte is a marvelous base in Andalusia for a honeymoon hideaway – or for solo wanderers who travel in style. The bed was handcrafted by the homeowner who also repurposed an old sewing table as a work desk. At first glance, the kitchen looks rudimentary but you’ll find all you need to prepare a terrace feast. That oversized soaking tub is the icing on the cake after a day in the valleys.
Two guests, one bedroom (studio) Price: $99 per night
One of the best Airbnbs in Granada for a couple, this chic one-bedroom apartment is modeled on a boutique hotel. The private patio overlooks the snowy massif and has a dipping pool that saves the day on a sweltering summer afternoon. Pop upstairs to the roof deck where you can swim in the communal pool. Super central, Plaza de la Trinidad is handy for the train station, cathedral, and endless tapas bars.
Retreat to the Albaicín hills and stay at this two-villa complex for large groups. The main residence and guest suite are linked by a landscaped garden peppered with sculptures and fruit trees plus a gigantic swimming pool. The carmen’s interiors are a homage to yesteryear with hefty wooden beds, rustic picture tiles, and baubles galore – although the sauna adds a modern touch. Toss a euro in the wishing well to guarantee a return to Granada!
Two hundred (and counting) five-star ratings speak for themselves. This top-rated Centro Airbnb is steps from Granada Cathedral and a 15-minute stroll from the Nasrid Palaces. On a practical note, you have a spotless kitchen, personalized tips from the host, lightning-fast Wi-Fi, and – that rare luxury in Europe – an elevator. Sliding doors blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living while the sunsets are out of this world.
The unique rental includes the cave-dwelling plus a modern extension. Grotto rooms feature whitewashed concave walls, deep-set bathtubs, and monumental arches whereas the kitchen is drenched in sunlight. Step out to the terrace and you’ll score panoramic views of Downtown Granada and the Sierra Nevadas. It’s fairly out of the way but the host can connect you with an English-speaking taxi driver for stress-free access.
This historic Granada apartment is stationed inside a 16th-century residence in Plaza de las Pasiegas. A “suspended” passage connects the den to the second floor where you’ll find a flashy kitchen and bathroom. Nimble travelers can scramble up the ladder and bed down in the mezzanine that peeps over the cathedral. It’s as central as you’ll find which means evenings come with an ambient soundtrack of buskers and chatter.
In keeping with the rest of mainland Spain, Andalusia follows Central European Time (CET). Central European Summer Time (CEST) is observed during summer. This puts the standard time in Granada at UTC/GMT +01:00 and the current time at UTC/GMT +02:00.
What is there to do in Granada?
It would be simple enough to spend a week draped on the balcony of your Granada Airbnb drinking up the skyline. However, that would mean missing out on these sights and experiences unique to the Andalusian city.
Tour the Alhambra of Granada and hear how the Nasrid Kingdom influenced the Iberian Peninsula. Fusing Moorish and Andalusian architecture, the stronghold and Nasrid Palaces are best explored with a local guide before exploring the Generalife Gardens solo.
Connect with flamenco culture in the neighborhood of Sacromonte where nightly performances are held in caves built by Spanish Gypsies.
Climb up to the San Nicolás Viewpoint (Mirador de San Nicolás) for a 360-degree perspective.
Press pause on history and brush up on tech and conservation at Granada Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias). The motto is, it’s “forbidden not to touch”.
Dodge the heat at Granada Cathedral and see the Royal Chapel (Capilla Real de Granada) where Spanish royalty are laid to rest.
Explore the ancient El Bañuel Arab bathhouse. Right next door, the modern Al Ándalus bathhouse offers Hamman treatments and cleansing rituals.
Visit the immersive exhibition of 11 cave dwellings at the Sacromonte Cave Museum (Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte).
Go teashop-hopping on Calle Calderería Nueva where teterías hark back to Andalusia’s Moorish past.
Join a food tour or embark on an independent tapas crawl along Calle Nevas or at Mercado de San Agustín.
Ski at Europe’s most southerly ski resort in the Sierra Nevada National Park, setting of Mount Mulhacén. The pistes usually open in late November but hiking, biking, and wildlife watching are available between April and the grand opening.