Apartments in GranadaGranada was the Catholic Monarchs’ favourite city and it’s not hard to see why! Granada is world famous for the Alhambra—an 8th Wonder of the World—and its mouthwatering cuisine: once you’ve tried its tapas, there’s no looking back! The city is made up of a series of beautiful neighbourhoods with their own personality. The Albaicín has been a World Heritage Site since 1994: you’ll love losing yourself in its narrow, winding streets as you admire its white houses. And Sacromonte boasts stunning views, as well as its famous cave dwellings. Granada is home to lively people and its lively centre is full of bars and shops. Take a stroll through Plaza Bib-Rambla with its colourful florists all year round. Granada enjoys a continental Mediterranean climate due to its altitude and distance from the coast. It has cold winters, often with snow, and hot summers. So, depending on when you choose to visit Granada, you can either make the most of the warm weather or have fun in the snow on the nearby slopes in the Sierra Nevada. If you come to Granada with kids, we recommend going to the Parque de las Ciencias and Cortijo Balzaín, where you’ll find lots of farm animals only 10 minutes from the city. At Friendly Rentals we have an extensive selection of apartments in Granada: central with a terrace, right in the heart of the Albaicín, with designer decor and the utmost in comfort, ideal for families or large groups or for a couple on a romantic getaway… Whatever you’re looking for, at Friendly Rentals we’ve got it! All our apartments are fully equipped to make you feel right at home so you can discover the city at your own pace. Booking an apartment in Granada is a far more affordable option than staying in a luxury hotel and with the added benefit of having a much bigger space all to yourself. Our holiday apartments in Granada give you the chance to discover the city at your own pace and get to know locals’ way of life, sample the delicious local cuisine and take part in the city’s culture and customs. What are you waiting for? What is there to see in Granada? No trip to Granada is complete without a visit to the Alhambra. The most popular site in the whole of Spain represents the power and splendour of the Nazarí dynasty. Stroll through the magnificent gardens, courtyards and fountains and admire its marvellous architecture as you are taken back to another age. The Patio de los Leones, Jardines del Generalife, Palacios Nazaríes and the Alcazaba are just some of the most visited areas of the Alhambra. And the views from the Alhambra are truly breathtaking, with vistas over the Sierra Nevada, the Albaicín neighbourhood and the whole city of Granada. Visiting the old town, with its cathedral, is another must. The cathedral of Granada houses the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs, and its Capilla Mayor and Capilla Real are gems of the Spanish Renaisssance. We also recommend checking out the Baños del Bañuelo, very well-conserved 11th-century Arab baths in the Carrera del Darro (the oldest square in Granada) on the ground floor of a private house at the foot of the Alhambra. You’ll love the Realejo neighbourhood, as it’s the perfect spot for a beer and some typical Granada tapas. Historically, this district was the ancient Jewish quarter in the Muslim city. Here you’ll find fascinating buildings founded by the Catholic Monarchs, such as the 16th-century Casa de los Tiros (an old fort), la Iglesia de Santo Domingo, founded by the Catholic Monarchs, la Antigua Capitanía, el Palacio de los Condes de Gabia and the Casa del Gran Capitán. No one leaves Granada without visiting the Albaicín neighbourhood. Located on a hilltop, its narrow streets and white houses give it a truly picturesque look. Wander around and lose yourself as you discover Arab water features and baroque churches. If you’re looking for a bohemian air, head for Sacromonte: birthplace of flamenco in Granada and a melting pot of different races, it attracts the city’s artists and is also where you’ll find the famous cave dwellings. In the heart of Granada, on Calle Mariana Pineda, you’re in for a surprise: the best-preserved Arab corn exchange on the Iberian Peninsula. Known popularly as the Corral del Carbón, it was used to store and trade corn. Today it houses a bookshop on Andalusia’s past and hosts summer concerts and shows in its courtyard. Eating out in Granada Granada has some of the tastiest cuisine in the whole of Spain! You’ll also find lots of great bars and restaurants where you can eat out in the city. And you’ll love the free tapas they give you in Granada when you order a drink. But there’s more to Granada cuisine than just tapas… Remojón granadino is a delicious local salad made with oranges, cod, tomato, hardboiled egg, onion and olives dressed with olive oil. Originally an Arab dish, it is usually served as a starter. La olla de San Antón is a popular stew traditionally eaten on the Feast of Saint Anthony, 17 January. It is made with beans, rice, blood sausage and different pieces of pork. Ham with broad beans is another classic, along with tortilla del Sacromonte, which usually includes ham, chorizo, eggs, potatoes and bull’s, lamb’s or pig’s brains and testicles. Also worth savouring is the plato Alpujarreño, which combines typical dishes of the Alpujarras region, including poor man’s potatoes, pork sausage, fried eggs, cured ham, pork and blood sausage, among others. An amazing mixture of flavours. Not to mention the desserts in Granada… The most famous is the Pionono de Santa Fe. Created in honour of Pope Pius IX, it is divided into two delicious parts: a sponge base soaked in caramel or syrup and a fine layer of crème brûlée both inside and on top. Other sweet delights include Guadix’s tocinillos de cielo (egg yolks, sugar, liquid caramel, water, cinnamon and lemon peel), huevos moles (eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar and biscuits), Motril’s torta real, Lanjarón’s buñuelos, or choux fritters, and Alpujarra’s soplillos (almonds, flour, honey, eggs and olive oil). Be sure to try them all! Shopping in Granada Shopping in Granada is always a surprise! You can choose between the city’s shopping centres, such as Neptuno, Alameda and Serrallo Plaza, or lose yourself amongst the city’s many different craft markets. The Mercado del Agua at the Mirador de San Nicolás is a good place to buy handicrafts, at the market on the esplanade at the Palacio de Congresos you can buy a range of local organic and environmentally friendly products, and the market at Carrera de la Virgen is the perfect place to buy decorative, fashion and cosmetic items. Granada Pinta Bien, in the Plaza de la Romanilla, has a bohemian, artistic feel: illustration, photography, painting, drawing and much more. Some of the city’s typical products are porcelain, embroidery, mantillas, lamps, guitars, fajalauza and alfajar ceramics, rugs, taracea (wooden objects incrusted with different materials), perfumes, silverware and flamenco fashion, among many others! Granada by night Going out in Granada at night is great fun! The city has a bustling nightlife and plenty of options for having a good time. Pedro Antonio de Alarcón is one of the city’s newest areas, with lots of tapas bars and a wide range of bars and discos. The Albaicín is a traditional neighbourhood, with traditional tapas bars serving snails and fried fish, washed down with beer, wine or soft drinks. There are also designer bars and beautiful gardens for a quiet drink if you’re on a romantic getaway. The Sacromonte caves are the perfect place to discover zambra (the flamenco dance typical of gypsies in Almería and Granada). If what you’re looking for is a restaurant with a view, head for Casa Juanillo, overlooking the Alhambra, Generalife, Silla del Moro and Sacromonte valley. Along the Paseo de los Tristes, right below the Alhambra, there are lots of tapas bars, and the Plaza Campo del Príncipe is one of the most charming places to have dinner in Granada. If you want to party, head over to one of the city’s nightclubs: Granada 10, Sala Prince or Kapital. Visiting Granada with kids Granada is a great destination for a family holiday, with lots of activities for children. One of the best places is the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada. In spring and summer, you can go on lovely family walks, and in winter you can enjoy the snow: the Sierra Nevada is one of the most child-friendly ski resorts in the whole of Spain, with a crèche and Mirlo Blanco, a multi-adventure space where kids and grownups can have lots of fun. Cortijo Balzaín is perfect if you’re visiting Granada as a family. Only 10 minutes away, this farm is great if you’re into rural tourism. You’ll find lots of farmyard animals such as rabbits, sheep and chickens and can do lots of activities, including horse riding, quad biking, rock climbing, archery, paragliding and discovering the local flora and fauna. The Parque de las Ciencias, the most popular museum in Andalusia, has interactive exhibitions, a butterfly garden and a games and experimentation room that kids love. If they’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure you take them to Los Italianos ice cream parlour, on Gran Vía de Colón, with a superb selection of homemade ice cream. The weather in Granada The weather in Granada is full of contrasts. Winters are usually crisp, thanks to the cold air blowing in from the sierras, which makes it a great time for skiing and enjoying the snow. Summers can often include very hot days, thanks to the hot air coming up from subtropical countries and occasional heatwaves. Most summer days are hot and sunny with deep-blue skies, making it a great time to come if you like good weather and high temperatures. Granada doesn’t get much rain and you don’t often see people with their umbrellas up, so don’t bother packing one! When is the best time of year to visit Granada? There isn’t any one single time of year that’s best for visiting Granada: it simply depends on what kind of weather you like and what festivities you’d like to see, as there is also something going on! At the start of the year, the Día de la Toma, on 2 January, celebrates the conquest of the city by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 with a series of official acts around the city. In February, the city’s patron saint, San Cecilio, is celebrated by visiting his catacombs on a pilgrimage to Sacromonte. On 28 February, the city celebrates Andalusia Day, in considerable style. The most notable event in Granada is Holy Week. At Easter, the city fills with spectacular processions and its streets are bustling with energy. In May, the Día de la Cruz sees the city’s courtyards, streets and squares more beautiful than ever, decked out with red carnations traditionally made by locals. The city’s main fair is for Corpus Christi, when the streets are decorated and filled with processions. In September, Granada fills with colour to honour its patron, la Virgen de las Angustias. The Basílica de las Angustias in Granada is covered with flowers, the Virgin is paraded through the streets, where there are stalls set up. September also sees different acts in the Albaicín neighbourhood in honour of its patron, San Miguel. People traditionally adorn horses and carts and go on pilgrimages from the Cerro del Aceituno to the chapel of San Miguel Alto, which boasts breathtaking views. Christmas in Granada sees Nativity Scene contests, Christmas markets, the bells ringing in the New Year, the Three Kings parade and flamenco shows with tambourines, so if you like Christmas, you’ll love Granada at this time of year. What is there to see near Granada? Granada is surrounded by beautiful towns and villages that are well worth a visit. Our favourite is Guadix, famous worldwide for its caves: you’re sure to recognise the ones from the planet Tatooine from Star Wars. And you can eat some of the best tapas in the region! The nearby town of Montefrío is on National Geographic’s list of top 10 towns with the best views in the world. Its idyllic castle perched atop a crag is very popular for weddings. In the heart of the Alpujarra is Pampaneira, with its white houses and brightly coloured jarapas, thick fabrics made from coloured strips of different materials. If you’re looking for love, head over to its famous Chumpaneira fountain, said to work wonders. Nearby Nívar is the perfect place for nature lovers and hikers. The Peña de San Bartolo is home to a major 7th-century archaeological site, and Orce has one of the most important palaeontological sites in the world. Don’t leave without seeing it! Why rent an apartment with Friendly Rentals? At Friendly Rentals we are specialists in managing holiday apartments. With over 14 years’ experience under our belt, we now operate in 21 cities around the world. Our apartments in Granada are located in the best neighbourhoods and fitted with everything you need to make you feel right at home in the utmost comfort. We have welcoming apartments that are perfect for couples, right in the city centre, with a terrace offering stunning views, and apartments that can sleep up to 8 or 10, ideal for families or groups of friends. Simply choose your favourite and enjoy your holiday in Granada! All our apartments in Granada are regularly inspected to ensure they meet the highest quality standards. We aim to offer customers the very best service possible. You can contact us at any time, both within office hours and on our 24-hour hotline.