Typical Andalusian home with beautiful a patio (well included) and big terrace with views of Sierra Nevada, Generalife, old city walls... Guests have the entire ground floor at their disposal. Casa Aljibe is 1 minute away from shops, markets and bars.
There is no parking place in front of the door.
Currently there is no airconditioning nor central heating available.
The albaicin is on the top of a hill with cobblestone pavement so we advise you to bring sensible shoes and backpacks.
The neighbourhood lies on top of a hill. The pavement is laid with cobblestones. This may be challenging for the elderly or persons with back problems. There is a bus that goes up from the city centre to the albaicin, however.
The ground floor has 1 master bedroom with a double bed, a renovated bathroom, a small kitchen and a small living room. Then there is another bedroom with two single beds and a cot.
The furniture was custom made for this house and gives the interior a rustic feel. The decoration is 50/60's style and although the space is somewhat dated (we are slowly fixing the place, there is a new shower, and new windows and doors with double glazing) it should contain everything you need, there is for instance a new fridge and a kitchen with a four vitroceramic plates.
For heating we use electrical appliances such as an electrical heating pad, electric blanket for the bed etc. I know it is a shame, but solar panels are not allowed in the albaicin. We do our washing up the old fashioned way; by hand, and we do not have a telly, but should you bring your laptop you can get access to the internet via Wi-Fi. There is a radio/cd player available, a large collection of cd's and books in various languages.
There is a brand new washing machine, just ask, because you cannot see it when you look for it :-) which you can use and we'll explain how (easy) it works. Detergent / softener is free of charge. You can relax on the terrace which currently has 2 chairs and a little table as well as a hangmat.
Accès des voyageurs
The central patio is the heart of Casa Aljibe. It is decorated with typical Andalucian tiles and has an old well in the middle of it. The whole house is covered by a big terrace where you can sunbathe, read or just chill out with a view to die for. There is WIFI access in every corner of the house.
We will leave you your privacy as much as we can. But we are around if you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask if you need a light bulb, more towels, sugar or anything. Please let us know what you are missing while you are staying so we can get that for you and avoid complaints later.
You can let us know if you want us to clean the apartment while you are staying with us. Do the washing up etc.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
This is our family home, we live upstairs, (there is a separate entrance, once inside the patio, for the apartment downstairs) and so we will be around to help you out as we have been living in the Albaicin, Granada's old Arab quarter, for many years. We speak Spanish, English, Dutch, French and German and would be delighted to take you on a tour of our favourite spots.
Car Park areas are limited:
As we are located in the old Arab quarter with its picturesque labyrinth of streets and alleyways, car access is limited. It is not possible to park a car in front of the door. One can park on Fridays and in the weekend at San Cristobal parking which charges 15€ a night. There is a free car park a bit further up but a place is not guaranteed, and they may be closing it down this year. Another parking place would be in front of the sports centre Ayanadamar. From the sports centre it is about a 20 minute walk to the house.
There are 3 buses one can take from the city centre, C1 (bus stop at Plaza Nueva or Gran Vía) and N9/N8 (bus stop at Triunfo/Gran Vía just past the triunfo gardens in front of the pharmacy/optician).
From the bus station you can take the SN1 which stops in the city centre at the catedral, where you can hop on the C1 to the albaicin.
Bus fare per trip is 1,20€ per person (little children travel for free). Should you travel a lot by bus then you can buy a bus card at the driver's (2€ deposit for the card which you can get back, officialy, when you return the card) and then you charge the card for a minimum of 5€. A ride will then cost you about 0,70cents and transfers are free (within about 45mins). The good thing about the card is that you can use it for as many people as you like.
If you arrive by bus or train, it is probably advisable to take a taxi, which should cost you around 10€, (please ask about the fee before getting in, so no surprise detours will be part of your sightseeing).
Walking - Bring sensible shoes
Getting around in the city is best done walking (just the city centre and the neighbourhoods Albaicin and Realejo are worth a visit) as the streets are paved with cobblestone pavement it is important to bring good shoes (no heels!)
Some other things you may want to know:
In Granada you will get free food (tapas) with your (alcoholic) drinks (but even with soft drinks they will usually give you free food and let you even choose what sort of food you`d like), so don't ask for the menu straight away, wait for the drinks to be served and then wait for the tapa, which usually arrives sometime after your drinks have arrived. Because this is Granada and some Granadinos are known for their ill-humour, they may not serve you a tapa, but you can always ask for it by putting on your polite, questioning face and just say ¿tapa? The good thing you do not have to leave tips, especially not if they do not even smile at you or they let you sit for half an hour while speaking on the phone to their best friend which they haven't seen all morning. Just enjoy, sit back and relax and when they really don't feel like serving just move yourself to the adjoining terrace where people have plates and drinks on their table. This bad character trait has a name, it is called mala follá, there is even a book about it and a wine carries this name as well. The wine is about 15€ and of course some Granadino is laughing his or her face off when people buy this wine, I do want to support local businesses but in some cases it is just impossible.
But on the sunny side they did actually succeed in bottling the mala follá so hey hats off to that! and wash it away with an alhambra beer 1925 (milnovecientosveintecinco).
On the other hand, as Granada is a city of opposites, it is gay friendly yet extremly conservative, it has a lot of older, wise people (geriatric sounds a bit.. i do not know, probably getting old myself), and a lot of young people as well, most of them are students which come from all parts of the world making Granada an interesting small city.
Fun fact is that Granada city centre always vote PP (republicans) and the Albaicin always vote PSOE and now Podemos (socialists), that is why people of the downtown area talk about albaicineros and do not really consider them granadinos, but the albaicineros insist on being albaicineros first and then granadinos so they kind of get along.