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Granada Province: The Ultimate Destination in Spain
Why Granada Province in Spain?
Spain's Granada Province is world-famous for The Alhambra, one of the top bucket-list travel destinations.
But this part of Spain offers much more to visitors: incredible history, mountain and Mediterranean scenery, rich culture, delicious food, and "cave villages."
• See my story that will convince you why you cannot miss Granada Province
• Charming hotels (you'll see four in a moment)
On the coming pages, a quartet of luscious places to stay all over Granada Province >>Continue to 2 of 6 below.
02 of 06
Granada's Legendary Hotel: Parador de Granada in The Alhambra
Sleep in a Fairytale: Parador de Granada in The Alhambra
Granada Province rolls out the red carpet for connoisseurs of true luxury hotels.
One of Spain's premier lodging destinations is Parador de Granada.
This gem is part of the Spanish government’s network of paradores. These are hotels in historic structures: castles, fortresses, palaces, stately homes, and rustic buildings authentically restored to offer travelers an experience, rather than just a place to sleep
• Parador de Granada is the most expensive, famous, and hotly reserved of Spain’s 94 parador locations
• Originally a Moorish palace rebuilt in the 1300s, the stately, elegant Parador de Granada is housed within the Alhambra complex.
• Conquering Catholic monarchs later converted this gorgeous property into a Franciscan convent
• Parador de Granada is an exclusive boutique hotel, with just 40 guest rooms and five suites, all spacious and gracious
• The grounds are surrounded by jasmine-scented, and wisteria-blooming gardens, burbling fountains, and peaceful cloisters
• Famous visitors include U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughter Sasha; Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco celebrated part of their honeymoon here
• To see this otherworldly hotel is to feel the essence of Spain. Here on Luxury Travel, my story about Parador de Granada
Next: a vintage mansion turned lux hotel and spa >>Continue to 3 of 6 below.
03 of 06
Another Great Hotel in Granada City: Hospes Palacio de los Patos
I Also Recommend Hotel Hospes Palacio de los Patos
You won't feel second-bested if you stay in Granada city's five-star Hotel Hospes Palacio de los Patos.
• One of its two buildings is a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion. The Palace features soaring ceilings, a picture-perfect marble staircase, and regal accommodations (pictured)
• Each guest room and suite (Junior, Grand, Presidential) is uniquely designed and furnished
• The tranquil patio's hundred-year-old trees provide ample shade from the sizzling Granada sun. Here, guests can sip cocktails, the region’s wines, and listen to live music
• Chaise lounges surround the hotel's compact, heated indoor pool
• See what I have to say about the dining at Hospes Palacio de los Patos
• The hotel's intimate, low-lit Bodyna Spa finesses a range of exquisite massages, facials, and body treatments
Next: Walk like a Phoenician in the three-millenia-old town of Almuñécar >>Continue to 4 of 6 below.
04 of 06
Where to Stay in Granada Province's 3,000-Year-Old Town of Almuñécar
In Almuñécar, Hotel Suites Albayzin del Mar
Travelers to the 3,000-year-old seaside town of Almuñécar, founded by Phoenicians, can sleep in the lap of luxury. The place: the palatial Hotel Suites Albayzín del Mar.
• The massive hotel’s design—which resembles an Art Deco Moorish castle—reflects the town’s Islamic and Andalusían roots. Whitewashed walls, impressive waterfalls, and palm trees lend a resort-like feel
• Each spacious “housing-suite” is uniquely furnished with fully decked-out kitchens. Many of the suites’ balconies deliver views of the sea
• The hotel's grounds feature swimming pools with grottos, cabanas, and deck chairs
• At night, black lights transform the property’s white outdoor spaces into a chilled-out, club-like atmosphere reminiscent of Miami’s South Beach. Guests can admire the gardens and fountains while noshing, sipping cocktails, and greeting (or making) friends
• Fun fact: in Phoenician times, Almuñécar was named Sexi. Even today, some natives refer to themselves as "Sexitanos"
• Website of Hotel Suites Albayzín del Mar
Next: This town is famed for its caves, but luxury travelers stay in its palace hotel >>Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06
Hotel Palacio de Oñate in Guadix, Granada Province
Hotel Palacio de Oñate in Guadix
Your Granada Province tour should take you to the northern town of Guadix, famous for its 2,000-plus "cave houses." (See a picture here.)
Hotel Palacio de Oñate, built in 1925, is a charming four-star property that’s both elegant and affordable.
• Its 42 rooms and two suites feature antique furnishings, wood-beam ceilings, and marbled bathrooms
• The hotel's dining is top-notch (I describe the restaurants here)
• The hotel delivers photo-ready views of Guadix’s Old Town (reminiscent of Old Havana and Panama City’s Casco Viejo)
Next: Find out more about Granada Province >>Continue to 6 of 6 below.
06 of 06
Learn More About Granada Province in Spain
Where to Learn More about Granada Province and Start Planning a Visit
• Maureen's Luxury Travel story on why you must visit more than The Alhambra in Granada Province
• Granada Province’s official tourism website
• Granada Province on Facebook
• On Twitter (@turgranada)
• On Instagram
• Videos on YouTube
As is common in the travel industry, the Guest Author was provided with complimentary visits to the hotels in order to describe them. For details, see our Ethics Policy.