We stayed for 3 nights in the middle of October with wonderful warm weather and clear blue skies - perfect for a visit to this wonderful city.
We organised the stay with help from Antonio - a great help with parking directions and suggestions for a place to see real flamenco for the local aficionados rather than tourists. More about that later.
We stayed in the Saba suite - the photos don't do it justice. The view of the Alhambra and the old city is breathtaking - and you can do it lying in bed!! Good bed and pillows - my only problem was that the loo is downstairs from the bedroom. But this is probably only a problem for blokes of a certain age:). There's a fridge with beer, water and a couple of bottles of wine and the cost is reasonable although we bought some of our own on the way.
The whole building is beautiful and in a great location - just a short stroll or bus ride from everywhere you might wish to go. Breakfast was fruit, fresh squeezed Oj toast and cake - really nice.
But do remember that there's a lot of uphill walking and cobblestones - you will really want some comfy shoes and to use the buses.
Things to do :
book your visit to the Alhambra before you go. Don't worry about the time of your visit to the palace since you can go around the gardens and the fort beforehand anyway so no need to get the time very early.
Ask Antonio for ideas for flamenco - we went to the nearby Pena La Plateria restaurant that hosts a club for local flamenco fans but only has shows occasionally.
Get a Bonos Bus pass to ride the buses around the city - buses 30, 31 and 35 take you around the town. All tickets can be bought on the bus as long as the note isn't too big. Use the 35 bus to travel to Sacromonte and visit the cave museum.
Enjoy yourself in the bars with the really friendly locals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The guesthouse Solar Montes Claros is located in the heart of the Albayzin, the old arab quarter in Granada. Perched on a hillside overlooking the city, this neighbourhood has preserved its Andalusian cultural heritage. It boasts unique views that can be enjoyed from the tranquility of its timeless streets. ... more less
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