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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 $72
Melia Granada Hotel

Melia Granada Hotel

Angel Ganivet 7, Granada, Granada
     
    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 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 24 minutes by foot.

    NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel $132
    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.

      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel $64
      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

      Acera del Darro, 62, Granada, Granada
         
        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 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 26 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
        Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

        Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

        C/ Benalúa 11, Granada, Granada
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Albaicín, this historic hotel is steps 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 mi (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.

                Catalonia Granada Hotel $79
                Catalonia Granada Hotel

                Catalonia Granada Hotel

                Avenida de Madrid 10, Granada, Granada
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Beiro, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Triunfo Gardens, Granada Cathedral, and Plaza Nueva. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 2 mi (3 km). Granada Station is 7 minutes by foot.