If you’re on the hunt for plots of land for sale in Spain, you could do a lot worse than buying some land in Granada. There is no other Spanish city quite like it, due to a compelling, multi-cultural history which still, in many ways, thrives today. Granada remained under Moorish rule for 600 years, during which time the illustrious Alhambra Palace was (for the most part) constructed. This magnificent edifice is Spain’s most visited monument which, along with a range of other great attractions such as the historic Albaycin barrio or the contemporary Science Park, draws up to 2 million tourists to the city yearly. The ubiquitous Arabic influence and the multitude of foreign students strongly characterise Granada as a culturally varied city, where many different ideologies and walks of life combine to create something utterly distinct.
Its geographical location is unbeatable too. with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range and the beach-laden Costa Tropical both just one hour to the south by car. Ask any Granadino about what makes the city special and he or she will proudly tell you that it is the only place in Spain – and probably Europe – where you can ski in the morning and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon (if you’re willing to pay for a full day ski pass and only use it for a few hours). They might also allude to the wonderful ‘free tapas’ culture that has survived through the ages. ‘Tapas’ began as a complimentary snack served with wine centuries ago, but then tourism happened and suddenly there was a price tag – except in Granada (and Almeria and some areas of Madrid).
Plots of Land for sale Granada
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Granada Hotels Bars & Restaurants
Given how many tourists visit Granada each year, it’s no surprise that there are hundreds of Granada hotels, hostels and Airbnb listings in the city. You might have already purchased your very own piece of ‘Granada land’, but during the house-building process you or visiting friends and family may need to find other accommodation in Granada. Here are five top hotels that we recommend:
- Hotel Alhambra Palace (4 Star)
- Parador de Granada (4 Star)
- Saray Hotel (4 Star)
- Vincci Albayzin (4 Star)
- Gar-Anat Hotel Boutique (3 Star)
Bars in Granada
Granada is a lively city by night, with a drinking-and-tapas culture at its core. Just about all bars – high-end, cocktail, tavern-like or old-man – serve up free tapas. Sometimes you may choose your tapa, other times you get what you are given. The trendier bars, where you can expect a higher standard of tapas, can be found on and around Puerta Real – one of the main intersections which runs through Granada. If you are a seafood lover, look out for any of the 3 Los Manueles restaurants, where delicious fried fish and shellfish are served.
Restaurants in Granada
It’s not just tapas in Granada when it comes to food though. Some Granada restaurants (where you must pay for your food) boast exquisite menus that combine many different cooking styles. El Deseo in Plaza Romanilla, for instance, offers very original dishes – flattened King Prawn Salad anyone? – and the Italian restaurant Il Gondoliere, popular with both the locals and tourists, serves up a famous Chicago-inspired pizza pie. In Granada city centre, there is a wide variety of restaurants – from Los Manueles for a crispy fried-fish lunch to Casa Lopez Correa for a Sunday Roast – so you’re never short of options when looking for places to eat in Granada.
Beaches of Granada
While Granada may not be best-known for its beaches – Costa del Sol beaches to the west are generally sandier and prettier – they are still worth knowing about and may actually be preferable for those who hate crowds and sand getting everywhere. There are no beaches in Granada per se – the city lies 80km inland – but the best beaches near Granada include Salobreña, Motril and La Herradura. There is also a handful of smaller beaches where you can really escape the crowds.
- Playa de Calahonda, Motril: Very popular with families due to its excellent facilities, clear water, ample selection of seafood restaurants and Blue Flag status. Dark sand and pebbles. Long and narrow
- Playa de Granada: Ideal for golfers who like to visit the beach occasionally, or beachgoers who like to play golf occasionally, since Granada’s Los Moriscos Golf Resort is right next door. Playa de Granada is Blue Flag awarded and has all the facilities you’d expect (toilets, showers, sunbeds for hire, lifeguards etc)
- Playa de Salobreña: Salobreña is an ancient town with a castle overlooking the shoreline to show its history. Its beach is actually divided into 3 sections: La Charca, Solomar and La Guardia. The latter is separated from the others by a large rock called El Peñon. These beaches can feel a bit exposed, especially on a windy day, but when the breeze is calm, the sun is blazing and the smell of freshly caught octopus being grilled fills the air, it’s hard to imagine being anywhere else. There are standard facilities
- Playa Cotobro: Although this pretty little bay appears to be an extension of the neighbouring Hotel Playa Cotobro, it is actually a public beach and perfect for a family day out. The water is calm and there are rarely crowds. There are bins, toilets and showers but no restaurants
- La Herradura: La Herradura is often described as the best beach near Granada, thanks to being nestled nicely between two headlands which keep the wind at bay. The beach is popular for water sports (further out to sea where the wind can reach) and has plenty of beachfront restaurants to take advantage of
- Playa Cantarrijan: The westernmost playa of the Granada beaches, Cantarrijan falls within the boundaries of the Acantilados de Maro Natural Reserve and is comparatively smaller and quieter than other beaches in the area. It is also a nudist beach. There are standard facilities and Restaurante Barraca serves fabulous seafood lunches
There is an agreeable mix of independent boutiques and high-street brands for shoppers to enjoy in Granada. There are two main shopping areas in the city centre – the pedestrianised streets connecting Plaza Trinidad to Puerta Real, and the two main streets beyond that point, Acera del Daro and Calle Recogidas. Along here you will find the likes of El Corte Inglés, Zara and H&M. You have to explore the side-streets to hunt down designer boutiques and artesan stores. Alternatively you can shop till you drop in one of the many Granada shopping centres. Both Neptuno and Hipercor can be found on the main road that runs adjacent to the highway, Calle Arabial, about 4km apart, and Kineapolis – found out on the ? – includes a multiplex cinema which weekly shows films in English.
Golfing in Spain – particularly golfing in Costa del Sol – is an everyday pastime. There are over 100 courses in Andalucia and most of these are within 2 hours’ driving distance of Granada. Santa Clara is the main Granada golf course, with 18 holes and a luxurious leisure centre which includes a spa, gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and Turkish baths. There might not be a sea view from the course but the sweeping Sierra Nevada mountain range makes for a more than adequate substitute
Santa Clara Golf in Granada
Elsewhere, on the Costa Tropical beside Playa de Granada, you’ll find Los Moriscos Club de Golf, Granada’s other premie golf resort. There are 18 holes and a favourably reviewed high-end restaurant.
International Schools in Granada
While there are currently no international schools in Granada which follow the British school curriculum, there is one in the town of Almuñecar – Almuñecar International School – just under an hour’s drive away