Framed by the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada is a grand old city and melting pot of Arabic and Spanish cultures. Home to the glorious Alhambra Palace and narrow streets of Moorish architecture, today the city is thriving university town and offers a lively mix of tapas and flamenco bars alongside the historic monuments.
With wild nightlife, cheap markets and hundreds of bargain bars serving tapas, Granada is surprisingly suited to budget travelers and backpackers. You may not be able to afford a night in one of the grand Moorish palaces, but luckily it’s easy to find a Granada hostel in the city, providing stylish and comfortable accommodation on a budget. Here is a selection of some of Granada’s top hostels:
Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel Granada
Housed in a charming old building in the Arabic quarter, the Albaycin, this hostel boasts a pretty courtyard terrace for eating in the evening, and a rooftop terrace for kicking back with a drink. The Albaycin is a maze of ancient cobblestone corridors and candle-lit teashops and by night is bursting with bars and clubs. But with so much going on in this hostel, you might as well stay in!
The hostel provides cheap dinners, courtesy of a ‘tapas tour’ and an Argentinean Barbeque, and there’s a cocktail bar and weekly backpacker party at a local club for party animals. The hostel caters to a young and fun crowd, with a free welcome drink and a chance to win a free beer on the pub quiz
Backpacker’s Posada de Colon
If you fancy skiing or hiking in the Sierra Nevada, this traditional Andalusian building is a great base, in the heart of the historic Jewish quarters El Realejo. The hostel offers ski rental and transfers to the ski resorts, but less active travelers can hit the main shopping drag next door, and you’re only a short walk from monuments such as the Calle Elvira.
The recently refurbished rooms offer modern comforts in an atmospheric setting, with a rooftop terrace, old-world courtyard and pretty tiled floors. With a lounge area, bar and restaurant, there are plenty of places to unwind après-ski.
Maktub Backpacker’s Guesthouse
This artistic hostel has given a sixteenth-century guesthouse a modern makeover, whilst maintaining the traditional features of the building. The hostel has a huge range of freebies for its guests; offering guided tours, mountain biking, flamenco classes, a scooter trip, beach trip, picnics, and football games, and you are right in the center of Granada when you want to do some sightseeing.
This is an ideal choice if you want a homely place in the heart of the city, as the owners treat guests like an extended family, with washing machines and picnic lunches just some of their home comforts.
El Granado Apartments
Want to stay in an original Arab house? Then look no further than the El Granada apartments, refurbished traditional houses that have been converted into modern suites in the Moorish neighbourhood of Albaycin.
The comfortable apartments provide more space and freedom than your average hostel, sleeping 2-5 people and fully equipped with bathrooms, a complete kitchen, washing machine, TV, sheets and towels. These unique buildings are a stroll from the Darro River and at the foot of the Alhambra, surrounded by relics from Colonial Spain.
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