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Plaza Nueva

Situated beneath the Alhambra is Granada’s main square, a spacious public plaza known for its cafés, bars and views which span the city’s rich history.

Historic buildings, pavement café’s and a position in the heart of the old city make Plaza Nueva a popular place for visitors and locals alike. The name may translate as “New Plaza” but the square is in fact one of the oldest in the city. It was built in the 16th century to cover up part of the River Darro and create more space.

Take a good look at the plaza and some of its buildings. On the north side is the Real Chancilleria (Royal Chancery) that was built at the same time as the square and served as a law court and prison. Today, this grand building with its Baroque and Renaissance façade is the headquarters of the High Court of Andalusia.

Walk across the plaza and step inside the Iglesia de San Gil y Santa Ana. The 16th-century church was built on the site of a former mosque and features several chapels and religious sculptures and paintings. The church’s bell tower was converted from the mosque’s minaret.

Granada is well known throughout Spain for the quality and variety of its tapas dishes, the appetizers served with beer and wine. Sample some of the regional tapas in one of the square’s many bars and cafés. Take a seat at an outdoor terrace and enjoy the views up the hill to the Alhambra, the Moorish palace-fortress that dominates Granada’s skyline. Opposite the Alhambra you’ll see part of the old Moorish quarter, the Albaicin.

The plaza is a good starting off point to explore the Carrera del Darro, one of the most photographed streets in the city. The scenic cobblestone thoroughfare leads off the square and runs parallel to the Darro River. It passes centuries-old palaces, churches and homes and is crossed by stone bridges. Another road leading out from the square is the Cuesta de Gomerez that goes all the way up to the Alhambra. 

Plaza Nueva is in the center of the old city, a 5-minute walk from the cathedral and a 30-minute walk from the Alhambra.


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Melia Granada Hotel CA $120
Melia Granada Hotel

Melia Granada Hotel

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Navas, Granada Cathedral, and Plaza Nueva. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 1 mile (2 km). Granada Station is 24 minutes by foot.

    NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel CA $168
    NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel

    NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel

    Puerta Real, 3, Granada, Granada
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Calle Navas and Granada Cathedral. Plaza Nueva and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 22 minutes by foot.

      Eurostars Catedral Hotel
      Eurostars Catedral Hotel

      Eurostars Catedral Hotel

      Calle Carcel Baja 11-13, Granada
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central District, this spa hotel is steps away from Calle Gran Via de Colon and Granada Cathedral. Plaza Nueva and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel CA $149
        Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

        Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fuentes de las Batallas and Granada Cathedral. Alhambra and Plaza Nueva are also within 1 mile (2 km). Granada Station is 26 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
          Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

          Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Albaicín, this historic hotel is steps away from Carrera del Darro and Plaza Nueva. Granada Cathedral and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 10 minutes. Granada Station is 22 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Alhambra Palace
            Hotel Alhambra Palace

            Hotel Alhambra Palace

            Arquitecto Garcia De Paredes 1, Granada, Granada
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manuel de Falla Museum, Alhambra, and Plaza Nueva. Generalife and Granada Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 30 minutes by foot.

              Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel
              Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel

              Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel

              Paseo del Generalife N.10, Granada
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Granada City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carmen de los Martires Gardens, Alhambra, and Generalife. Plaza Nueva and Granada Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Hesperia Granada Hotel
                Hesperia Granada Hotel

                Hesperia Granada Hotel

                Plaza Gamboa s/n, Granada, Granada
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central District, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Corral del Carbon Monument and Granada Cathedral. Plaza Nueva and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 22 minutes by foot.