Granada City - Districts

Granada City - Districts

The historical city and student town of Granada has six main districts: The Realejo, The Cartuja, Bib-Rambla, Sacromonte, Albaicin and Zaidin.

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The Jeronimo monastery

Albaicin

The Albaicin is the Moorish area of the city and the oldest part of Granada. It offers stunning views of the Alhambra from its hillside as it sits directly opposite the Moorish Palace. You won't find a more atmospheric place to stay in Granada than in the Albaicin. The Zirid Monarchs first established their court here in the 11th century, although little remains from this era today, apart from some crumbling remains of the wall including the section which used to encircle the Albaicín and the gates of El Arco de las Pesas, Monaita and Elvira. To find out more about this special part of Granada, click here

Sacromonte

Sacromonte takes its name from the nearby Sacromonte Abbey, which was built on old Roman workings. The neighbourhood became very popular among the gitano (gypsy) community during the 19th century, and this is when many cave houses were built out of the rock. The area consequestially became well-known for flamenco music and dance, however floods during the 1960s forced many gypsies out of the area. It is now a popular tourist hub.

Realejo

For many centuries before the Christian conquest of Granada, the Realejo was the old Jewish quarter of the city. Tucked into the hillside under the Alhambra, it’s a vibrant residential neighbourhood with Campo de Principe (a large square lined with bars and restaurants) at its heart. Apartments in the Realejo tend to be atmospheric affairs in characterful historic buildings with patios and roof terraces, as well as all the required mod cons.

Cartuja

Sitting just outside the area that constitutes the city’s Old Town and near some of Granada University’s faculties, La Cartuja was for many years primarily a student neighbourhood. In recent years, however, it’s become a popular place to live amongst young professionals, as the apartments in Cartuja – a mix between purpose-built blocks and renovated 19th-century houses – are within easy walking distance of the centre of Granada.

Bib-Rambla

Situated in the heart of Granada’s shopping district and with the bustling, flower stall-filled Plaza Bib-Rambla as its focus, apartments in Bib-Rambla have a certain grandness to them. Convenience-wise, Bib-Rambla is pretty hard to beat, too, as in addition to all the great shopping, restaurants and bars on the doorstep, it stands equidistant between old and new quarters, and is a transport hub with a wide variety of bus connections to the rest of the city.

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The Plaza Bib-Rambla in Granada City. 

Zaidin

This area is perfectly situated for El Corte Ingles (the largest department store in Spain) and the river. The apartments in Zaidin are largely purpose-built blocks which offer comfortable, modern living. Also in this area there are apartment blocks with shared facilities such as pools and gyms which are almost impossible to come by in the other areas of Granada.

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