Spain is famous for its popular holiday resorts and cosmopolitan cities, but it is also home to some of Europe’s most beautiful rural areas. While you visit the magnificent city of Granada, you might as well find some time and head off the beaten track to explore the countryside in some of the best rural destinations near the city.
Alhama De Granada
This charming village is located on top of a huge rocky cliff and surrounded by a deep gorge, which offers magnificent views of the town and of the river and its surrounding areas. During Islamic rule, it was named Al-hama, meaning “The Bath”, due to the curative properties of the thermal waters. Today, it hosts one of the most prestigious medicinal spa facilities in Spain.
Where To Stay
Casa Rural Pura Vida is a rural house with room for 6-18 people, providing seven bedrooms and all the modern amenities you can dream of. The surrounding area is very well-maintained with beautiful gardens and a huge outdoor pool. On the expensive side but well worth the money for what you get, prices are €650 / night with Airbnb.
Just below the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and 44 miles from Granada, with just 302 inhabitants, you find the small village of Bubion. The name Bubion comes from the Spanish word bullir “to boil”, probably from the burbling sound of the mountain water as there are many fountains and natural springs all around the village. Bubion is also a good place for hiking and is on the GR7, the footpath through Andalusia, which forms part of the European Route No. 4. It is also a great place to just wander around the narrow streets and admire the local crafts and balconies full of flowers.
Where To Stay
Hotel Villa de Bubion is the only hotel in this small village. It is very quiet and secluded, it offers impressive mountain views and fits in the historic setting of an ancient village in Andalusia. Prices are €50-€59.
Don’t miss this town which is only a short drive from Granada and was selected by National Geographic as being one of the Best views in the world. Montefrio is great for people who love the countryside, hiking, history and amazing views. Just 5 kms out of town, Las Peñas de los Gitanos (The Gypsies Rocks) is a must-see with caves, dolmens and ancient burial sites.
Where To Stay
There are a number of holiday homes to rent in the village and in the surrounding countryside. These are ideal for families and stays of several days or a week. There are also luxury villas with pools to rent in the surrounding countryside. El Tajil is a rural house in Montefrio, located near a natural cave and an impressive waterfall. With a capacity for 8 people, it is the perfect place to stay with family and friends. Prices are €240-€360 per night.