Citizen Carl was invited to stay in the heart of Granada’s Albayzín neighbourhood in Casa Bombo.

“Get lost! That’s our advice to you in our beautiful Albayzín neighbourhood.” This was our greeting as we arrived at Casa Bombo. And so we immediately knew this was a place Citizen Carl would love.

Casa Bombo is a house blending Moorish and Andalusian architecture, found in the heart of the Albayzín, the oldest and prettiest neighbourhood in the city of Granada. The neighbourhood itself is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Attracting a melting pot of creatives, hippies and intrepid explorers, in our opinion, the Albayzín is the only neighbourhood from which to be based during a Granada trip.

Plaza San Nicolas, Albayzín

Plaza San Nicolas, Albayzín. Photo: Sasha Arms

Casa Bombo itself offers the right blend of homeliness and privacy, with rooms and suites available at a very reasonable price, particularly given the postcard-perfect view of the Alhambra from the back. The Alhambra is the city’s other UNESCO World Heritage site, and sits proudly atop a verdant hill opposite the equally hilly Albayzín. While Casa Bombo’s rooms are spacious, simple, yet stylish, the communal areas are places to enjoy to the max. A living room space near the reception desk offers sofas, books and a guitar, bringing the spirit of Granada indoors.

Casa Bombo, Granada

Photo: Casa Bombo, Granada

The upper terrace is the ideal spot to eat breakfast – available self-serve style from the kitchen – or to watch the sunset with an Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer (available to buy from reception) in the evening. The lower terrace has a plunge pool, loungers and a day bed, ideal for lazy afternoons before heading for an evening out in the city.

Casa Bombo, Granada

Photo: Casa Bombo, Granada

A stay in Casa Bombo offers informal domesticity and a welcoming place to call ‘home’ in Granada. And there’s no better place from which to explore the warren of roads and pathways that typify the Albayzín way of life. The lively Plaza San Nicolas is just a stone’s throw away and is a popular viewpoint for the Alhambra, while nearby spots form popular meeting places for digital, and non-digital, nomads, such as the Café 4 Gatos. A local haunt, Peña La Platería, is an ideal place for enjoying flamenco music, while the Sacromonte neighbourhood in the other direction – a birthplace of flamenco – is easy to explore from the Albayzín. And there’s nothing better in Granada than dropping into a bar for a drink, and sampling the delectable tapas speciality of the day, free of charge.

Casa Bombo is the embodiment of Albayzín and Granada life. We already can’t wait to go back.

Website: Casa Bombo