White Nest Hostel offers a comfortable, friendly base from which to explore the city, as all the main attractions are within a 10-minute walk from the front door. Aside for dormitory accommodation, there are beautiful double rooms with views of the Alhambra, which is about a 15-minute walk away. Quirky activities arranged in-house include Sunset Tours and Mojito Nights.
Located in a Moorish barrio in the heart of Granada, Oasis is a popular option among backpackers. It offers comfortable, affordable accommodation (dorms and private rooms available) as well as an impressive range of cultural activities, including a tour of the edgy street art in the Realejo neighbourhood and outings to gypsy flamenco shows in the caves of Sacromonte.
Situated in the heart of Granada’s shopping district, Old Town Hostel offers shared accommodation in mixed and female-only dorms. It has spacious chill-out spaces, including a lovely terrace, and offers guests breakfast and free tours of the city. For the best views, request the attic room and, if you’re after a lively night spot, head to Plaza de Gracia (a five-minute walk).
Located in Albaicín, the city’s ancient Moorish quarter, this colourful hostel promises an unforgettable experience as well as a bed for the night. You’ll meet fellow travellers as you chill on the sunny patio, either lying on the hammocks or cooking on the barbecue. Activities available include horse riding in the Sierra Nevada.
Housed in an exquisitely restored 17th-century manner building, Lemon Rock’s first floor revolves around gorgeous original features, such as oak-beamed ceilings, while industrial-chic dominates on the second floor (accommodation is in private, en suite rooms and dorms). There are two solarium-terraces on the roof and the attached bar is one of the best places in Granada for live music.
El Granado is housed in a stunning building dating back to the 13th century, when Granada was one of Moorish Spain’s greatest cities. Accommodation is spread between dorms, private bedrooms (some with shared bathrooms, some en suite) and self-catered apartments, while common areas comprise a beautiful Andalusian patio and a roof terrace. The staff speak seven languages.
Travellers who’ve stayed at Granada Inn – a cosy backpacker’s hostel in the city centre – say that the schedule of daily activities creates a real sense of community among guests. Free tours of the city start every morning after breakfast (also complementary), while adrenaline junkies will want to book themselves a Zero Gravity expedition to the Sierra Nevada. Rooms are both shared and private.