Why stay in Granada?
Granada is a lovely city in the Andalucia region of Spain, with beautiful architecture, an impressive cathedral and the famous Alhambra.
The Alhambra is a Moorish citadel and palace and sits in the hills above the city of Granada. It was once the residence of the Muslim kings of the area, but was later altered by subsequent Christian rulers, which makes it an architecturally and culturally interesting set of structures today. The buildings of the Alhambra contain museums now and the complex is a must-visit sight in Granada.
Among Granada\'s other sights are La Catedral de Granada (dates from the 16th century and houses the tombs of many legendary Spaniards), the Albaicin (or Albaizyn) area (containing the city\'s oldest houses) and several 16th and 17th century churches and other buildings. You can also step outside of Europe without leaving Spain by wandering the street called Calle Caldereria, where you can sample all kinds of Arab cuisine.
Granada might not be the first stop on the itineraries of most visitors to Spain, but visits to the Alhambra are often booked several days in advance, so if you\'ve got a limited amount of time to visit, you\'d be well advised to book both your hostel and your Alhambra ticket early. If you see the word \"hostal,\" with an \"a,\" that\'s not the same thing as a hostel - a hostal is typically somewhere between a hotel and a hostel in price, and more like a guesthouse or B&B in style. Also keep in mind that \"hostels\" aren\'t just for young backpackers anymore - they\'re perfect for budget-conscious people who want to meet fellow travelers. A few notable Granada hostels are highlighted here.
Funky Backpackers Hostel is a ten minute walk from the Alhambra and a short distance from Granada\'s nightlife. Oasis Backpackers Hostel Granada is in the Arabic quarter, the Albaicin, and not far from Granada\'s main attractions.
Makuto Backpakcers Hostel is also in the Albaicin area in a recently restored traditional house. Hostal Costa Azul is a short walk from the town hall and Carmen Square in the San Matias Quarter.
And if none of these properties sounds like exactly what you\'re looking for, there\'s no need to worry - there are plenty more Granada hostels listed here. Keep reading descriptions until one of them strikes your fancy.
If you haven\'t already booked your flight, search for cheap airfare to Spain and get on your way. And don\'t forget to read more about the city before you go in the Spain Travel Guide.