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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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Rates in Euros
Standard Superior Double w/ living room
All Year
Breakfast 20 per person per day               Lunch or Dinner 34 per person per day

Rates are per day, per room, for 1 or 2 persons and include tax
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Golden Days 10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 55 years or more
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Young Persons 15% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged between 18 and 30 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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Comment posted by Melissa Wilson
2015-02-28 18:48:53
I stayed in the Alhambra parador in 1986 and again in November 2014. The first time I visited, the experience gave me more of a feeling of staying in a convent, which I enjoyed from a historical perspective. During the recent stay, the rooms had obviously been completely remodeled in a modern style, but were beautiful, comfortable, elegant, and peaceful. It was wonderful to be able to walk the grounds of the Alhambra during the evening, and return to our room so close. The parador's private reflecting pool was a peaceful place to relax and rest after hours of walking. November was a good time to visit the Alhambra, as crowds were minimal and the weather was very pleasant.
Comment posted by Siobhan Winter-Smith
2015-02-26 14:46:09
My 2-night stay in February 2015 for a solo birthday bash was absolutely wonderful in every way. Arrived at night after the 3 hour journey by train from Seville; my reception was warm and friendly. Nothing too much trouble. My room was perfect. Quiet, beautiful. After a shower and wash n brush up had the perfect meal in the restaurant. Excellent doesn't even begin to describe the qualities this beautiful place and its staff. The Alhambra and Generalife are beyond beautiful. Our guide was great. Sadly, I had to leave early the next day for the awful crush that is Easyjet... I do hope to return. Thank you so much.
Comment posted by Bjornar Olsen
2015-02-25 18:58:38
This was my 3. Stay at the Paradores in Alhambra We stay at the Paradores for 3 days including new Years eve this year and we love it. In the midle of the Alhambra, and with nice and sreviceminded staff, very good resteurant, whit a unforgateble new years eve menu. The room was nice, clening and roomservice was good and we will be back somtims soon
Comment posted by George Caraway
2014-10-15 23:45:46
We stayed at this parador two nights in September 2014. The location was perfect; the facilities were extremely good, probably a little pricey for the size of the room but the restaurant was simply awesome. I would recommend that anyone who wants to visit the Alhambra should stay here. However, we had a problem getting there. We were driving and were stopped well short of the location by parking assistants, a combination of uniformed officers and panhandlers. They first tried to make us park in a lot a long way from the parador. When we told them we had reservations at the parador, a dirty man standing beside a uniformed officer told us to follow him. He got in a beat up car and took us through windy roads that ended up at the gate then demanded 40 euros for his services. We refused and almost got into a fight but finally pushed him aside and drove to the gate. I reported this incident to the gentleman at the check-in desk. It would be nice to know if you ever followed up on this kind of attempted robbery, including the difficulty we had simply getting to the parador parking lot.
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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

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