Parador de Granada
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- Twin rooms (25)
- Double rooms (10)
- Room with living room (5)
- Capacity (80)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioned bedrooms
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Gift shop
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Airport (15km)
- Station (4km)
- Port (127km)
Parador de Granada - 15th century convent within Alhambra (4*)
The exceptional Parador de Granada offers the visitor a unique opportunity – to stay within the Alhambra, one of the greatest wonders of the medieval world. Built between 1238 and 1358 on a hilltop site overlooking the city Granada, the citadel of the Alhambra was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain, finally falling to the Christians in 1492.
The Alhambra (from al-hamra, Arabic for ‘the red’, referring to the red stucco of the walls) consists of a complex of palaces and fortresses, and the Parador San Francisco, as it is known, was originally part of a 14th-century palace and mosque, later converted into a Franciscan convent. Part of the building was once a chapel where the Kings of Spain were buried (although they were later moved elsewhere), and the Parador also features a fine tower and an arcaded courtyard of breathtaking beauty and serenity. The interior combines both Moorish and Christian styles, and the bedrooms – each one unique – all have views of the gardens and buildings of the Alhambra.
Following the refurbishment of the Parador, some of the standard rooms have state of the art bathrooms with excellent shower facilities but without a bathtub. Should you prefer a standard room with a bath, we recommend that you advise us at the time of booking so that we can request this.
- For a family of 3 or 4, the Torreon suite is particularly suitable, consisting of 2 rooms over 2 floors with a lounge (with a large sofa bed) and a double bed in a separate bedroom. This is also usually more economical than booking 2 separate rooms (for 4 people)
- Tickets to the Alhambra can be prebooked through their own website now: https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/en and we would strongly suggest booking as far in advance as possible to obtain the most suitable entry time.
- Enjoy a drink in the evening in the garden of the Parador, which forms part of the Alhambra's gardens, a rather special experience on a warm day.
- Parking and access restrictions: Guests of the Parador are asked by the local Police to advise their car registration numbers in advance, either at the time of booking (if you are driving your own car) or after collecting your hire car. Access to the Alhambra complex is restricted and this will make your arrival far simpler. We will be happy to pass on your registration number to the Parador.
Although the Parador de Granada is located within the enchanting grounds of the Alhambra Palace, there are also many other charming attractions well worth visiting in this historic city. Just a short stroll or bus ride away from the Parador one finds the centre of the town with its array of shops, museums and exquisite Cathedral. The old Arab quarter, formally known as the Albaicín and which has been declared a World Heritage Site, is an absolute treasure. The traditionally cobbled streets meander and weave their way down from the city’s most predominant hills and reflect years of Andalucian history which makes wandering around these quaint quarters an experience quite unlike any other. Granada also has various observation points, such as that at San Cristobal, which offer fantastic views down onto the city and which are a particularly good place to be as the sun sets over the city.
Slightly further afield, more avid adventurers may even wish to venture out to the impressive Sierra Nevada National Park which boasts a plethora of different flora and fauna as well as the Iberian Peninsula’s two largest peaks. The city and Parador of Granada both serve as an ideal base for those looking to do day trips into the Sierra Nevada where, in addition to its status as Spain’s skiing hub, numerous outdoor activities are on offer such as walking, hiking, trekking, mountain-biking and various water sports.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.00 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
In the dining room and in the freshness of the summer terrace: "Gazpacho Andaluz" (cold tomato and vegetable soup), broad beans cooked with ham and scallions and "Piononos de Santa Fe" (rolled sponge cakes filled with cream).
Particularly memorable and the staff made us feel very welcome, leaving us a bottle of bubbly in our room on the right day! The staff in every Parador were extremely helpful and efficient. the parador was just magic. The double room with lounge was magnificient, the furnishing/fittings etc were first class.
How to get there
The Alhambra marks the urban setting, full of art and history, in which the Parador is located. After reaching Granada on the dual carriageway, access to the Parador is by the ring road, avoiding the city centre, after following the signs to Motril, Sierra Nevada and Alhambra.
We recommanded that you bring your car to the Parador entrance, offload your luggage and the Parador staff will advise you where to park.
Antequera - 98km
Jaen - 100km
Nerja - 110km
Malaga Gibralfaro - 127km
Malaga Airport - 140km
Region & Cuisine
The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.
Inevitably, Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches, notably along the Mediterranean ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth. This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.
Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts. For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed. To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of the white towns’, a string of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.
Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.
An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture. The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin. Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia. The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’. Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho. Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province. In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish.
Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.