Granada is located in the Southern part of Spain and it has become one of the favourite places to visit by backpackers; it is indeed a city full of contrast and beauty, its biggest attraction is Alhambra and General life; however, the place has much more to offer and if you are planning to stay for a week or more; we would highly recommend you to explore other areas from the beautiful Andalusia region, from vibrant beaches in Marbella to the beautiful colonial town of Ronda but without leaving out Seville, Cadiz, Malaga and other places that welcome backpackers from all over the world.
Granada: Best Backpacking Destination
Although Granada is not as popular as Madrid or Barcelona, it does offer better facilities to backpackers that many cities in Spain. Granada doesn’t receive the millions of tourists that the capital city welcomes every year; the good news is that it still remains as it was in the past; it is definitely more authentic, unique and perfect for a tight budget and backpackers. Discover the treasures that Granada offers: landmarks, outstanding Moorish architecture, excellent food and great quality hostels and enjoy your stay.
Best Hostels in Granada
The best hostels in Andalusia are located in Granada; this area has been explored for many years by gap year students and travellers on a budget; in fact, Costa del Sol; an area located just a few miles away from Granada was declared in the last few year as the number one destination for a city break; and although people who visit Costa del Sol are in search of sun, beaches and parties, they also enjoy to explore the historic area of Granada; the vibe you receive from one place to the other is completely different.
If you are an experienced backpacker, you might be surprised by the quality and good service provided by hostels in Granada; they are also easily accessible and comfortable enough to spend a week, a month and even more. The best hostels according to customer ratings from the Hostel World are:
- White Nest Hostel.
- El Granada
- Makuto Backpackers Hostel
- Oasis Backpackers Hostel Granada
- Hostel One Granada
The hostels are extremely comfortable and the price varies from £12.41 for dorms to £32.11 for private rooms. If you are travelling with a group of friends, it might be easier to rent an apartment holiday in Andalusia; they are easy to find and cheap enough to afford if you are on a budget; many of them are located on houses with typical Moorish architecture and equipped with everything you need; from TV with satellite to all the appliances in the kitchen.
What to See in Granada
Once in Granada you must visit Alhambra; it is one of the most amazing examples of Moorish architecture in Spain. The historic complex of palaces rises above the city of Granada; it offers panoramic views of the city, palaces to explore, museums, gardens and magical houses.
Granada Cathedral is one more place you cannot miss; it is absolutely fascinating. The “Barrio de Albayzin” should also be on your top list; a beautiful area with houses painted in white; you will also find great restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries. El “Paseo de los Tristes” in conjunction with Alhambra, Generalife and the Cathedral are the top attractions in Granada but if you want to explore more about Granada and the Andalusia region, feel free to read my Travel Guide to Andalusia and start planning the places you must visit: Ronda, Sierra de las Nieves, Marbella, Seville and Malaga, where you will enjoy the best flamenco in Spain.