Muralla Ziri Boutique Apartments

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Great-value self-catering apartments at the heart of the Albaicín (each sleeps 2-5)
The high hill of the Albaicin was amongst the first areas of Granada to be populated: the Berber clan of the Ziris founded an independent Taifa kingdom in the 11th-century. Vestiges of the fortified citadel still remain, like the defensive wall preserved within both of the 2 houses that make up Muralla Ziri, and give onto a narrow street that cuts through the heart of the Albaicín.

The decoration of these self-catering apartments reflects the area's past, making extensive use of intricately carved plaster friezes and geometric woodwork. Along with these flamboyant flourishes you'll find all that you need to self-cater in style even if the proximity of so many buzzy restaurants, tapas bars and cafés means that you may well prefer to eat out. The best apartments are on the upper floors and a couple have enticing views across the Darro valley to the crenellated battlements of the Alhambra. Guests at Muralla Ziri benefit from extensive guest information which includes the owner's guide to the best tapas bars in town: follow these recommendations and you'll be in for a fascinating culinary adventure.


  • Muralla Ziri's top-floor apartments have great views across the Darro gorge to the Alhambra: treat yourself to the Penthouse
  • Just a hop away from the lively Acera del Darro, one of the loveliest areas of the city for alfresco dining
  • Handy kitchenettes in most roomtypes, which is useful for families
  • Great value, especially if you plan to be out and about most of the time


  • Most bedrooms are quite small and those at street level get limited natural light and more traffic noise
  • With no kitchenette, the Premium suite is unsuitable for self-catering
  • Driving isn't recommended in the Albaicín, though there is a car park 300m away
  • Muralla Ziri's reception is only manned between 9 am and 1pm: the rest of the time you'll need to fend for yourself
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Best time to go

Winter is my favourite time of year to be in Granada when you can look up to the glistening snows of the Sierra Nevada from the leafy squares on the Albaicin. Temperatures often soar in summer but the breezes that sweep down from the mountains help keep things bearable. Spring, of course, is a great time to be here when the city's many citrus tress are throwing out their heady scents whilst in Autumn the city is bathed in a magical light and the weather is still often warm and sunny.

Our top tips

Don't attempt to drive up to Muralla Ziri. It's much better to leave your car in one of the city centre car parks and let a taxi driver negotiate the labyrinth of streets that lead up through the Albaicin to the apartments.

Great for...

City Style
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  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 10
  • Self-catering (except the Premium room)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Penthouse


Muralla Ziri's 10 apartments (sleeping 2-5) are divided between two 3-storey houses: Casa Albero / The Yellow House (where the 11th-century fortifications are visible in some parts) and Casa Roja / The Red House, just down the road (where the apartments have a lift to whisk you up and down the building). Excluding Penthouse residents, all guests are given the key to a private terrace which looks out to the Alhambra. Most have their own kitchenettes.

As you'd guess, the Penthouse is, both literally and metaphorically, Muralla Ziri's top room. You get stunning views to the Alhambra and a small terrace perfect for alfresco dining and sundowners. Its double bed is hoisted up on a low-ceilinged mezzanine above the full kitchen, and there’s also a second double room and a small single.

We also liked the Superior apartments, which have their own sitting rooms, and the slightly larger Executive apartments, which have charming views of Alhambra (some also have swanky circular in-room bathtubs).

Casa Roja’s Premium suite has 2 bathrooms (including a Jacuzzi tub), but it’s the only option without a kitchenette. We’d avoid the ground-floor Standard apartment as it’s the smallest and lacks natural light. However the ground-floor Jacuzzi has direct street access making it a good option for wheelchair users.

Expect bright, post box colours and ornate plaster mouldings similar to those of the Alhambra. Chiselled appliqués and hanging lanterns further enhance the mood-of-the-Maghreb whilst the jazzy colour schemes and boxy furniture lend a more contemporary note. Spick and span bathrooms have hairdryers, hydro massage showers, a pile of white fluffy towels and 'Touch of Charm' shower gel and soap.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Excluding the Premium suite, all apartments have well-equipped kitchenettes ideal for breakfasts (and for parents with little ones). You get a fridge, ceramic hob, microwave, toaster, juicer, coffee pot and kettle, plus ground coffee, oil and salt stocked. The Penthouse apartment also has a snazzy Italian espresso machine, ice bucket and extra surface space.

You can request a shop of pre-agreed items prior to your arrival, or buy ingredients in Plaza Nueva’s minimarket (160m away). The Matés family also recommend the fresh food market behind the Cathedral (about 350/400m).

You couldn't be better placed for eating out and we found the provided list of local recommendations really handy: drop down the hill to Acera del Darro’s lively bars and restaurants or angle down to the vibrant Plaza Nueva area for formal restaurants and tapas bars galore. No tapas outing to Granada would be complete without elbowing your way to the bar inMarisqueria Cunini. The Russian salad is legendary and there’s a mouth-watering selection of seafood.

Lovers of fine wines can buy bottles from the Matés family's private cellars; a booklet describes each wine, its region of origin and the grape varieties used.

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Jacuzzi


  • Get going early to see the Alhambra before the crowds arrive - the biggest surviving piece of Moorish architecture, and one of the most romantic and spectacular sights in the world. Don't miss out on the chance to return at night during the warmer months
  • Check out what's on the musical agenda: you may be lucky and coincide with a concert in the Generalife gardens or the De Falla theatre; or with the The Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza de Granada
  • Cut along the narrow back streets of the Albaicin, where you can while away an afternoon in one of its many teterias (Moroccan-style tea shops). Muralla Ziri can arrange walking tours
  • Hop from bar to bar along the Acera del Darro then dance the night away in one of its cellar clubs
  • Wander up to one of the bars in Sacromonte's old gypsy quarter for a sundowner looking out to the Alhambra
  • Head for the hills to ski throughout the winter or to hike at any time of year
  • Check out the Capilla Real next to the Cathedral where you'll find the grandiose tombs of Ferdinand and Isabela, the Catholic Monarchs
  • Wander up to the Plaza de San Nicolás and for the most beautiful views of the Alhambra

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets


Muralla Ziri is well set-up for families with a fantastic central location and handy kitchenettes (excluding the Premium suite).

Granada is a great city to visit with children and you'll find that kids of all ages stay up late, playing in restaurants while their parents dine. There's a lot to see at the Alhambra and kids will love it, just be sure to book your tickets in advance and bring snacks.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Book a larger apartment than you think you'll need; these ones come up a bit on the small side. Best of all is the Penthouse, which has 1 double bedroom, a second mezzanine double sleeping area and a small single. Every apartment can squeeze in a baby cot.


Babysitting available, for an extra fee. Request when booking.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot (on request)
  • High chair (on request)

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

All apartments (excluding Premium) have a kitchenette. There's a mini market and fresh food markets; if you're coming for a short break, ask the owners to shop on your behalf to save time - the kitchen doesn't have basics when you arrive.

Kids Activities on site:

  • TV
  • WiFi

  • iPod dock (Penthouse only)

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • The Alhambra, complete with turrets and dungeons
    • Just to one side of Plaza de las Pasiegas, on the west side of the Cathedral, is a colourful North African style souk
    • Science Park and Museum covering 70,000 ha just outside the centre
    • Further afield, Mini Hollywood has a zoo, pool and Western filmset (1hr 40 minutes)
    • Horse riding
    • Skiing in the Sierra Nevada makes a good day trip (Dec-Mar) and there's a creche for babies from 4 months

    Families Should Know:

    Only Casa Rojo has a lift; it's hard to park nearby and some apartments have balconies (the Penthouse has a terrace) - ask on booking if this is likely to be a hazard.

  • Distances:

    • Airport: 30 minutes
    • Hospital: 10 minutes
    • Shops: 2 minutes
    Kid Friendly:

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