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Granada, Spain

Our Historic Patio

Our Historic Patio

The apartment window looks out on the shared garden

The apartment window looks out on the shared garden

The Bedroom bathroom adjoins

The Bedroom bathroom adjoins

The Front Door

The Front Door

First Floor Landing

First Floor Landing

The Sofa

The Sofa

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Bathroom

The Bathroom

The Shower

The Shower

Calle Duquesa

Calle Duquesa

Plaza de la Universidad (just Around the Corner)

Plaza de la Universidad (just Around the Corner)

The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood

Home

Home

Lots of Books about Granada and Andalusia

Lots of Books about Granada and Andalusia

The Botanic Garden (Just Across the Street)

The Botanic Garden (Just Across the Street)

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Pomegranate Symbol of Granada

The Pomegranate Symbol of Granada

View from Living Room

View from Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Extract from Architectural Guide to Granada

Extract from Architectural Guide to Granada

The View from the Bedroom

The View from the Bedroom

The Botanic Garden across the street

The Botanic Garden across the street

Tapa @ Las Titas

Tapa @ Las Titas

Tapa @ Puerta del Carmen

Tapa @ Puerta del Carmen

Las Titas One of Our Favourites

Las Titas One of Our Favourites

Sierra Nevada Christmas 2016 from Terrace of Alhambra Palace Hotel

Sierra Nevada Christmas 2016 from Terrace of Alhambra Palace Hotel

Calle Duquesa

Calle Duquesa

Semana Santa Granada 2016

Semana Santa Granada 2016

Lunchtime @ Oliver's Restaurant Pl de la Pescaderia

Lunchtime @ Oliver's Restaurant Pl de la Pescaderia

Paris May 2016

Paris May 2016

Bordeaux Wine Tour June 2016

Bordeaux Wine Tour June 2016

Peter and Goya Bordeaux 2017

Peter and Goya Bordeaux 2017

The Alhambra

The Alhambra

Tortilla and Jamon

Tortilla and Jamon

Our Historic Patio The apartment window looks out on the shared garden The Bedroom bathroom adjoins The Front Door First Floor Landing The Sofa The Kitchen The Bathroom The Shower Calle Duquesa Plaza de la Universidad (just Around the Corner) The Neighbourhood Home Lots of Books about Granada and Andalusia The Botanic Garden (Just Across the Street) The Lobby The Pomegranate Symbol of Granada View from Living Room Living Room Extract from Architectural Guide to Granada The View from the Bedroom The Botanic Garden across the street Tapa @ Las Titas Tapa @ Puerta del Carmen Las Titas One of Our Favourites Sierra Nevada Christmas 2016 from Terrace of Alhambra Palace Hotel Calle Duquesa Semana Santa Granada 2016 Lunchtime @ Oliver's Restaurant Pl de la Pescaderia Paris May 2016 Bordeaux Wine Tour June 2016 Peter and Goya Bordeaux 2017 The Alhambra Tortilla and Jamon
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2010

Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
February 06, 2019 - December 13, 2019 2 weeks

Not available week of 26th April 2019

Apartment in former Palacio (Palacete) Granada City Centre ,Andalucia , Spain

Located just a stones throw from the Cathedral we are bang in the centre of the city albeit on a quiet residential street.The apartment is located on the third floor and is a duplex.. The floor area is 72sq metres approx. As you enter, the separate kitchen is on the left. The main sitting room looks out on a large private courtyard. There is an internal stairs to the bedroom, which contains one double bed, is over the main living room. The internal stairs makes it unsuitable for young children. The bathroom has just been refurbished and contains a shower, bidet, toilet and washbasin. It is simply decorated with plain white walls and marble floors. Over the years we have added a number of pictures and an increasing number of books. There is a washing machine and a fridge which we use and a working cooker which we don't, preferring to eat out. We have bought a microwave with our visitors in mind but must confess to not using it ourselves yet! The heatwave of 2015 led to the purchase of a free standing fan to boost the air con.The house itself was built in 1800 and the façade and other major works were carried out in 1868.It features in the Architectural Guide to Granada as a  sympathetic conversion. The first picture shows the main marble patio.Others show the second private patio visible from the living room window. The apartment is on the third floor accessed by a marble staircase (67 steps) and there is no lift. It is located directly across the street from the Law Faculty and the charming well tended  Botanic Garden. It is close to a vibrant night life but is a quiet place and most of the other residents are older people with a low tolerance for noise. One of our favourite restaurants is the Botanico on Calle Malaga on the corner. While there is no internet access in the apartment the Botanico has wifi and the staff are very helpful. There are charming squares and historic buildings too numerous to mention all around.
In short the apartment comprises 4 rooms, a living room, separate kitchen, mezzanine bedroom (with a firm double bed 4ft 6ins) and newly renovated bathroom.There is a fold up single bed. An inflatable double bed with foot pump is stored in the downstairs cupboard.
We use it as a holiday home, the public swimming pool at Fuentenueva is a 15 minute walk away with sitting out area and cafe bar. Sadly this appears to be closed at the moment. There are two late night shops nearby but we have rarely cooked and while there is an oven hob and microwave the kitchen contents are basic.
No wifi but free wifi available in the Cafe/Bar of the Reina Cristina Hotel on Tablas or the Botanico on Malaga.
Flying to Malaga we usally get the bus to Granada 1.5 to1.75 hours journey time.(alsa.es is the bus website and there is now a service from Malaga Airport to Granada) Malaga Airport is approx 136 km from Granada. From Granada Airport you can catch the airport bus to Cathedral stop and a 5  - 10 minute walk through the adjoining narrow streets to the apartment. A car is a liability due to narrow streets and parking. I cannot emphasise the central location enough. All of our neighbours are Spanish so our visitors will experience real as opposed to tourist Spain. I fell in love with Granada when I first visited over forty years ago and the affair continues unabated. I have amassed a good selection of books (all in English) about Spain,Granada and Lorca, the local hero.
Happy to answer any questions or queries by e mail.Over the years we have put together an opinionated booklet of suggestions and tips which we send to our Intervac friends. There is a folder of Tourist information in the apartment but as Granada is a hive of cultural activity we recommend an early trip to the tourist office. A surprising number of events such as exhibitions and concerts are free or moderately priced.
Actively seeking long weekend in London or Paris anytime visitors welcome to stay longer in Granada as it is a second home.
Lots of videos on YouTube and pictures of our patio on Airbnb as one of our neighbours is a host.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 21 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Lawyer
  • Lawyer

Our Home

  • House Type: Flat
  • Floor: 3
  • Environment: In the city
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3
  • Living Area: 73 m2
  • Total Area: 73 m2

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Exchange Types

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine

Outdoor

  • Garden

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Ireland
  • Paris, France
  • City of London, Greater London, UK
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Italy

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Español

Occupation

  • Lawyer
  • Lawyer

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

About Our Family

I am a self employed Lawyer working and living in Mallow County Cork Ireland. My husband Peter is retired and is a keen cook and a talented artist. I speak fluent Spanish having lived in Granada and taught English in a language school there over 40 years ago. I have had the apartment in Granada for the last 18 years and over time it has been well used by our dear friends and exchangers. It is a romantic spot and one friend actually proposed there, and, yes, reader we did get asked to the wedding. Another pair of love birds who stayed got engaged so you have been warned!
There are lots and lots of books and brochures about Granada and Spain in general in the apartment and, reflecting life long obsession with detective novels and police procedurals lots of those too.You will also find an eclectic selection of the books that the friends left behind.
We adore to wander around Granada to eat and drink to swim in the nearby pool at Fuente Nueva sadly closed at the moment but also to stop and stare and we hope that you do too.

Lifestyle

We are both avid readers and there are plenty of books to be found in the apartment. We are also great fans of the cultural life of Granada and enjoy the frequent exhibitions and concerts. Keen walkers and urban explorers!

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