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Granada tours

Walking tours

Cicerone offers guided walking tours of the historic centre, the Alhambra and Generalife, the Albaicín, and the Capilla Real and Cathedral, which take around two hours. Guías Granada also does an Albaicín and historic centre walking tour, plus several other itineraries. Both also offer private tours.

Tel: +34 607 691 676; +34 958 918 029.
Website: http://www.ciceronegranada.com; www.guiasgranada.com

Train tours

Granada's tourist 'train' operates two hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours, covering sights such as the El Generalife, Puerta de las Granadas and Torres Bermejas. Tours run throughout the year and are between 5.5km (3.5 miles) and 13.5km (8.5 miles) in length, with panoramic windows giving a fabulous view of the city.

Website: http://www.granadacitytour.com

Granada excursions

Caves of Nerja

Nerja on the Costa Tropical offers 16km (10 miles) of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling waters. However, its principal attraction is the magnificent Caves of Nerja, where you will find archaeological treasures dating back 20,000 years. Split into the Show, Upper and New Galleries, the caves are also a popular venue for concerts and classical music performances.

Tel: +34 952 529 520
Website: http://www.thenerjacaves.com

Las Alpujarras

Las Alpujarras are a set of deep valleys where impossibly picturesque white villages of Moorish origin cling to the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. They begin at Lanjarón, some 45km (28 miles) south of Granada, and are great for walking or vehicle-touring. Other highlights include Albuñol with its impressive 17th century Virgen del Rosario parish church and San Gregorio convent.

Tel: +34 685 219 465.
Website: http://www.lasalpujarras.co.uk
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Fonda Sanchez Hotel

One of Granada's best value hotels, Fonda Sanchez boasts a central location close to the cathedral in the university district. No frills, but perfectly clean and comfortable with helpful English speaking staff. Following a recent renovation, the rooms are modern and all have balconies, air conditioning and a TV.

Hotel Molinos

It might only have a single star to its name, but this surprisingly chic city centre hotel is a comfortable and welcoming place to stay. To add interest, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the narrowest hotel in the world. The roof terrace, with its spectacular views, is an added bonus.

Pension Suecia

Set in a former house in a quiet residential area, the rooms here are small and simple but attractively furnished in traditional style, and the owners are welcoming. Breakfast is served for a small surcharge on a terrace with lovely city views. There's also a sitting room and small garden.

Hotel Anacapri

This cosy and comfortable 3-star hotel is located just off Plaza Nueva in the heart of the historic centre. The staff are welcoming and palm trees enhance its 18th-century patio, while highlights inside include the still lifes in the reception and cafeteria, plus several silk screen prints from well-known modern painters throughout.

Hotel Plaza Nueva

It's all about location at the Plaza Nueva, which overlooks Granada's oldest and most central square. This is a 3-star boutique hotel with 25 rooms spread over three floors, which has built up a reputation over the years for sterling service. The Alhambra is just a 10 minute walk away.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos

This 42-room boutique hotel combines 19th-century palatial surroundings with strikingly modern interiors of stone, glass and metal. Rooms are elegant and comfortable, combining old and new such as wooden floors and free Wi-Fi. The UNESCO-protected buildings feature a garden with Arabian-style water fountains as well as a spa, sauna, indoor pool and Turkish bath.