Location and Arrival Information
El Numero 8 is located in the heart of the Albayzin. This is the oldest neighborhood of Granada, and one of the oldest in Europe. It is located on a hillside that overlooks the Alhambra Palace situated on the opposing hill. It is a very historic and beautiful area, with small winding cobblestone streets that lead to countless plazas and squares with their fountains. From many of the plazas you will find spectacular views out across to the Alhambra and the mountains beyond. Having existed before the city of Granada, the Albayzin has its own markets, stores, restaurants and bars. It is like a picturesque rural village that exists right above a bustling city. A bustling, historic and also beautiful European city that is only two minutes walk downhill from the house. So if you ask if we are in the center of Granada, well yes, but even better. Once you get here you will be amazed at how close El 8 is to everything and how far modern civilization feels when you are here!
This information is here to help you. Please follow the instructions below to aid your arrival and ensure no one´s time is wasted
Due to El Numero 8 being located in a pedestrian neighbourhood where all access to the house is on foot through windy cobblestone streets we have a pick up process to help you get to the house. We meet you at a specific bus stop which taxis can also get to, and we walk you to the house from there.
No matter how you arrive to Granada you need to get to the Pick up point. Which is Aljibe de las Tomasas (known as the stop to get to Restaurante El Agua). The Restaurante is not exactly there, so dont go looking for it, but it is how the Taxi drivers know where to drop you off. Please wait for us where you are dropped off to avoid getting lost.
It is about a 2-5 minute walk downhill from the pick up point to the house and there are many steps to go down so we recommend if possible that you bring luggage that can be carried for your own convenience.
Instructions on getting to the pick up point using various means of transport are described on this same page.
There are three arrival times you must choose from upon making your reservation. If your arrival is later than these times due to airplane schedules, etc. please communicate this on reservation to make the necessary arrangements.
- 1 pm – 2 pm
- 5 pm – 5:30 pm
- 7 pm – 7:30 pm
You must ALWAYS call us when you have arrived in Granada and are on your way to the pick up point.
Please respect the time you have scheduled with us because we have to organize our day around the pick ups and are offering this as a free service.
Arrival Info to the Pick Up Point
Via Public Transport to Granada
Madrid. If you are coming from Madrid International Airport take the metro or taxi to Estación Sur, Mendez Alvaro, bus station and then take a bus to Granada. Train is also an option but is normally much more expensive and doesnt run as often as the bus. The bus website is www.alsa.es
Malaga. If you are coming from Malaga International Airport the best way to come is via bus. This is a very frequent service with a journey time of less than 2 hours, with a cost of approximately 11 Euros. There are now three direct buses from the Malaga airport at 10:30, 11:30 and 18:30, and are around 13euros. The bus website is www.alsa.es
Barcelona. If you are coming from Barcelona International Airport, you can take another plane to Granada´s domestic airport, or take a fast train to Madrid, and then bus to Granada. Bus directly from Barcelona is very slow and expensive. There are also trains but you need to reserve far in advance. Train website is www.renfe.es
Granada (Domestic) Airport. From Granada Airport (18 km. south of Granada) take the airport-to-Granada bus which is only 3 Euros per person, further instructions below. Or take a taxi directly to the pick up point (see below). The taxi is usually around 35 Euros.
Granada Bus Terminal. Once you arrive at Granada Bus Terminal, you can catch a taxi or a city bus, follow directions on this page. Because you have to change buses, the taxi is not much more expensive and is worth the extra Euro or two.
Granada Train Station. Once you arrive at Granada Train Station (Renfe), you can catch a taxi or a city bus. Due to having to change buses it is much easier and much faster to take a taxi. There is no bus leaving directly from the train station, you have to walk down the street to Avenida de la Constitución to catch it. Follow directions for city bus or taxi on this page.
From Granada Bus Terminal, Granada Train Station or Granada Airport:
1. Please call us before taking the taxi so that we may greet you upon your arrival at (0034) 958 22 0682 / (0034) 610 32 22 16.
2. Take a taxi directly to the pick up point Aljibe de las Tomasas (Al-heebay de las Toe-masas) in the Albayzin. Tell the Taxi driver it is the stop to go to el Restaurante El Agua. Please wait for us and from here we will take you down to the house.
The number for the Taxi company if you need to call one is 958 280 654
Getting to Granada by car may be convenient but driving around in the city is far from that, it becomes a frustration almost immediately. Most of the historic area, where El 8 is, is almost entirely pedestrian so you will not be able to use or be needing your car whilst in Granada. Do yourself a favour and leave your car as soon as possible, leave the traffic behind and enjoy the tranquility of the world by foot.
Below you will find directions to Parking Severo Ochoa. Parking Severo Ochoa is your cheapest and easiest option to get to. It has special fees, called bonos, that can turn out to be cheaper then paying by night if you are staying for more than two nights. You must pay for these on arrival to the car park. You can also ask the attendant to call a taxi for you.
24 hours 18€
Bono fin de semana (weekend) 31€
Bono semanal (week) 42€
Bono quincenal (two weeks) 79€
Parking Severo Ochoa is the closest to the highway which means it is easy to get to and easy to leave from. It is not within walking distance to the house so you will have to take a taxi from there to the pick up point. There are other garages in Granada and you are free to park wherever you wish, but beware, the further you take your car into the city the more time you will be in your car and the more frustrated you will become if you do not know your way.
If you prefer to leave it on the street,the best areas are around Paseo del Salon, Barrio la Chana or Barrio Zaidin (directions not included here and leaving your car on the street is at your own risk and not recommendable).
Regardless of where you decide to leave your car you need to call when you have parked and are on your way to Aljibe de las Tomasas (tell taxi driver you are going to Restaurante el Agua). From here we will take you down to the house. (0034) 958 22 0682 / (0034) 610 32 22 16.
1) Take Freeway N-IV South towards Andalucia. Take N-323 South to Granada.
2) When you are on the highway that goes around Granada, the circunvalacion heading towards Sierra Nevada - Motril take the Méndez Núñez exit (Exit 128). Go around the round-about, and make a right so that you are heading away from the freeway on Méndez Nuñez (Hipercor Department Store should be on your left and El Corte Inglés on your right).
3 ) Continue on Méndez Núñez past two major streets with street lights, Calle Arabial and Camino. Going onwards you will find Hotel Centro on your right, and about 300 meters after there will be a small turn off to get to the Parking. The turn off is just past a news stand. There is a blue Parking sign for Parking Severo Ochoa, after turning off it is about 60 meters up a small road. If you miss the turn off it is difficult to get back, so slow down at the Hotel Centro to not miss it.
4)After you have parked you need to head back to the street you came from and catch a taxi to Aljibe de las Tomasas (tell the taxi driver you are going to Restaurante el Agua). The people at the garage can call a taxi for you. Make sure to not forget to purchase the Bonos if you are staying for longer than 2 nights.
From Malaga, Cordoba, Sevilla, or Almeria:
1) Take the freeway A-92 heading to Granada.
2) When nearing Granada get on the highway that goes torwards Motril - Sierra Nevada - Alhambra, this is the circunvalacion.
3)Follow steps 2-4 of directions coming from Madrid.
By city bus
From the Granada Bus Terminal: Once you have arrived, please call to inform us of your arrival so we can meet you at the pick up point.
(0034) 958 22 06 82/ (0034) 610 32 22 16
They have recently changed the bus routes in the Albyazin and in their infinite wisdom, have made it even more complicated so please follow the directions carefully so you dont have an unnecissarily long ride.
- Take the city bus #3 or #33 to the city center.
- Get off at Gran via stop 3, which is actually the first Gran Via stop. On the bus, keep an eye out for a large Spanish flag in the middle of a rotonda on your left.
- Here you change buses for bus #31. These are the small Albayzin buses. To do this, you need to cross the street and take the bus going the other direction.
- Take this to the stop, Aljibe de las Tomasas. This is where we will pick you up, please wait for us here. So you are sure you are in the right place, there are some steps going down from there with a sign saying, Cafe Bar Aben Humeya.
From Granada Airport:
- Take airport-to-city bus to Granada (you will be getting off on Gran Via, in front of the Cathedral).
- Take taxi from here (see taxi instructions above), or city bus (follow steps 2-4 of city bus instructions).