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The Parador® of Granada is a small four star hotel in a fifteenth century convent which is part of the famous Palace of Alhambra

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This is Spain's most popular Parador® and reservations usually have to be made months in advance.
Parador de Granada interior
The building is in the Alhambra, a series of palaces started in 1238 and added to by later Arab rulers.

The Parador® Granada is part of a palace and mosque built between 1332 and 1354 which was later converted into a Franciscan convent with a charming tiled patio remaining from this conversion.

Part of the building was the former chapel where the kings of Spain were buried until their remains were moved to the Royal Chapel where they now lie.

The interior of the Parador® merges the Arabic and Christian styles with classic furniture, several portraits, engravings, embroideries etc. The bedrooms are all different and offer views to the famous buildings that make up the remarkable Alhambra site.

The dining room has a coffered ceiling and serves local and international dishes. Meals can be taken on the terrace. There is a separate gluten free menu.

The specialties of the chef include:
"Gazpacho Andaluz" the cold soup of the region;
"Tortilla de Sacromonte" the local omelette which is served very lightly cooked;
"Pollo a la alpujarrena" which is a chicken dish suitable for garlic lovers only;
"Piononos de Santa Fe" a typical cake eaten as a dessert.
Granada Parador restaurant

In Granada, the cathedral is worth visiting. The "Capella Real", royal chapel, has the magnificent marble tombs of King Fedinand and his Queen, Isabella, their daughter Juana the Mad, and son in law, Philip the Fair. The sacristy has on display Ferdinand's sword and Isabel's crown and sceptre. King Fedinand was the Monarch who ended the occupation of Spain by the Moors.

The Albaicin neighbourhood is interesting. This used to be the Arab silk market but now is small streets with shops selling local handicrafts.

A very interesting day is to drive to the region of La Alpujarra and visit its villages. These include Lanjaron which has a famous spa, then Carataunas followed by Trevelez which is the highest village in Spain.

Various religious and cultural festivals take place in Granada: Easter and Corpus Christi when there are processions through the streets;
The International Music and Dance Festival takes place in late June and early July;
The festival of the Cross is held on May 3;
The International Jazz Festival which takes place in November;
For an evening that is different, attend one of the gipsy parties which takes place in the caves of Sacromonte.
Bedroom Parador de Granada - Alhambra
In winter there is skiing in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park which can be seen across the valley from the Alhambra.

The Granada Parador® has twenty five twin bedded rooms, ten rooms with a double bed and five suites all with private bathroom.

In the rooms there is a telephone, TV canal plus, hair dryer, safe, free internet access, mini bar, kettle and air conditioning.

The building has air conditioning and central heating, parking facilities (without security and limited places), piped music, free wireless internet, currency exchange, satellite television, garden, restaurant and bar. Facilities to hold a meeting are available.

Pets are not allowed in the Parador®.

The larger Alhambra Palace Hotel is a nearby alternative. The Parador® has very limited dates available due to its small size.

Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 15 kms, train station is 4 kms away and the nearest port is 127 kms away.

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Golden Days 10% discount on accommodation and breakfast rate for guests aged 55 years or more
2 Night Special 15% discount on half board for 2 nights stays in the same Parador®
Young Persons 15% discount on accommodation, breakfast and menu for guests aged between 18 and 35 years old


Parador® Granada
Real de la Alhambra, s/n
18009 Granada
Latitude: 37° 10' 32.5914" N (37.17607743579348)
Longitude: 3° 35' 16.764" W (-3.5883235931396484)
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Distance in Kilometres
Antequera 98 West
Jaen 100 North
Nerja 110 South
Malaga Gibralfaro 127 South-west
Ubeda 130 North
Malaga Golf 142 South-west

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Comment posted by Elspeth McLachlan
We had a wonderful time in a wonderful parador. But we had a wonderful time in all of them!
Comment posted by Phillip Lewis
We stayed in the Parador de Granada for two nights in May to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday. What a magical experience it was, one that far exceeded our expectations. Set in the grounds of the Alhambra Palace this accommodation offers discreet luxury with stunning surroundings. We had a superior twin room, half board located in what was the bell tower of the monastery. It was fabulous. Very stylish and comfortable; bath robes etc available; tea/coffee making facilities; free WiFi; balcony overlooking the front gardens; the first floor room was one of the one surrounding in interior courtyard. The food was lovely and although our 'half board' menu was different to the a la carte the choice was authentic Spanish food beautifully presented and served by helpful polite staff. To sit in the restaurant gardens overlooking the Generalife with the smells of the garden wafting over you - honeysuckle, jasmine, herbs - was sublime. All the staff were polite, friendly and helpful. Yes, this was expensive - just over £1000 for the two nights (including wine and champagne with the evening meals and other drinks!) but worth every penny! Honestly. Yes, you could get posher, fancier for the same money, or pay a lot less for the same standard of accommodation but - and a huge but - it will not be the same experience. If you want something to remember and a great memory look no further. Tip: We wanted to have a look around Granada so walked down to the town and caught the tourist bus. Actually due to the old narrow streets this was a train rather than a bus - hop on/hop off until 11.00pm. Did a circular tour of the town and - this was the best bit - included the Alhambra palace, so took us back up to the hotel which is quite a pull up a steep hill! Room Tip: We stayed in room 204. If you are booking, make sure you ask for a room in the old building
Comment posted by Kowalewski
To pi?kne miejsce do zwiedzania Alhambry, niestety z tego powodu trudno o wolny pokój a tak?e trzeba zaakceptowa? wysok? cen?. Hotel jest b. dobry, mo?na dojecha? samochodem i jest parking dla gosci. Restauracja jest bardzo dobra, jednak go?? z Polski widzi, ?e jest w firmie pa?stwowej.
Comment posted by Rebecca Gunderson
My husband and I stayed there in March. What a lovely place. Being right in the grounds of The Alhambra is a treat history buffs should not miss. The service is lovely, the food is very nice and the gardens and surroundings just an experience to be savored.

Parador® of Granada is a luxury hotel in a fifteenth century convent which is part of the famous Palace of Alhambra overlooking the city of Granada in Spain