Friday January 27, 2017
Perfect for Honeymoons, St Valentine’s Day or just for that special weekend away!
If you are looking to arrange a romantic getaway with a loved one, then you should definitely consider Granada. Temperatures in the spring are perfect for sightseeing making it the ideal location for those celebrating St Valentine’s Day or looking to make the most of a spring holiday break.
Romantic things to do in Granada
As one of Europe’s most romantic cities, Granada is steeped in history and boasts the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Albayzin. You and your partner definitely won’t be short of culture and things to do as you wander through the narrow winding streets of the Albayzin visiting these great historic sites. Everything is compact and within easy walking distance of the city centre making it the perfect place to explore on foot with your loved one.
Stop off en route for refreshments throughout the day in any number of great romantic restaurants or tapas bars which are scattered all over the city. You can find anything from top notch dining with stunning views over-looking the Alhambra, to cute little bars serving a fabulous selection of tasty treats when you order a drink. The city also has a lively music scene and you will often just come across musicians performing in the street. The Carrera del Darro and the area around Granada Cathedral are especially popular places to see street artists and buskers.
There is also a great nightlife to keep you entertained well into the evening and again you will come across plenty of live music. As the night begins, bars push back tables and chairs and become impromptu dance floors and musicians and singers have their moment. If you fancy something a little bit different why not have dinner and catch a flamenco show while you eat? Sacromonte is the birthplace of flamenco after all, and there are a number of delightful places offering flamenco in both Sacromonte and the Albayzin.
Another must for that romantic weekend away is a taking a Hamman. We recommend visiting Hamman Al Andalus where you and your loved one will be treated to a relaxing spa and a full body massage. What a better way to wind down, rejuvenate those tired legs, and get away for a bit of peace and relaxation!
If you want to find out more about the history of Arabic bathing ‘The Bañuelo’ is a great little find and a place where people came to wash, socialise and to relax back in the 11th Century. These ancient Arabic baths are tucked away in a small house in Carrera del Darro and can be easily missed if you don’t keep your eyes open. They are original Arabic baths and still survive today as they managed to survive destruction by the Catholics, most likely because of their hidden location.
Romantic places to stay in Granada
We realise that finding that special accommodation is a key part of any romantic break and Granada is no exception. El Ladron de Agua is located on the Carrera del Darro and has an enviable location with stunning views of the Alhambra and within easy walking distance of all the key sites. The building is not only beautiful, but full of history, and is an exquisitely restored 16th Century noble house. Inside it defines itself as an Arts Hotel and is full of fantastic art and literature. It even has its own library with a unique collection of poetry – it doesn’t get more romantic than that!
Every room has been uniquely decorated and themed to a poet, such as Garcia Lorca and Manuel de Falla and has original artwork on the walls, genuine wooden ceilings and cool terracotta tiling on the floor. Oriental rugs, warm inviting lighting and top quality bed linens all serve to make the rooms a romantic retreat from the bustling city outside. Most of the rooms have fantastic views of the Alhambra, the Carrera del Darro and the river, the al-Sabika hill or the Plaza Nueva. Imagine lying in bed with the beautiful sights of romantic Granada just outside your window!
But what really sets El Ladron de Agua apart from other hotels in Granada is the attention to detail from the staff and the effortless charm of the place. For example we have a little get together every evening in the library and serve a choice of Manzanilla Sherry, or a non-alcoholic drink, with crisps and olives to nibble on. What better way to get to meet some of the other guests then kick off a romantic evening with your loved one? We also serve a wonderful breakfast and we are on hand at all times to help with any queries you might have so you really can make the most of your stay. Should you need a bit of down time away from the hustle and bustle of sightseeing, you are free to help yourself to a nice cup of tea in the library from 12.00pm to 23.00pm. It really does feel just like home! Just check out what the visitors said in their reviews of our truly romantic boutique hotel in Granada!
We do hope you have the opportunity to visit Granada for a romantic weekend this St. Valentine’s Day or sometime soon. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for regular Granada updates and checkout our blog for other useful information about Granada! We look forward to seeing you soon!