Arrived at the Granada train station, got a bus from there to the centre of town and then another smaller bus up the hill to the Sacromonte region. It was almost impossible to find where we were supposed to go, as there is no sign and for some reason the locals have no idea where it is - it was suggested to me that perhaps the owner didn't want locals knowing about his business but I'm not sure.
There is also no clear address given, so that didn't help. Finally stumbled upon some English speaking "locals" who called up the contact and organised a meeting point (he wouldn't allow the local to see where we were staying, which was odd). Despite his lateness and the two hours we spent wandering aimlessly...
The rest of the stay was fantastic. The cave itself is fairly well equipped, with a good bathroom, excellent kitchen facilities, and comfortable bed. Does get very cold in winter, as it's underground, and higher altitude than the rest of Granada (but there are some good heaters in the accommodation). No rubbish bins, which was unfortunate. And things like toilet paper won't be replaced as they might in other apartment style accommodations. The novelty was worthwhile, though.
The location, once you know where to go, is actually fairly good. It's an easy 15-20 minute walk downhill to the centre of Granada and a lot of great tapas bars. The uphill hike is a good workout, too, and there is also a little bus that can get you pretty close. Definitely not for the unfit, though.
Just down the path there is a gorgeous view of the Alhambra, which is gorgeous from sun-up to sun-down and all through the night. It is a fairly quiet area, especially in winter, and the roads/paths are cobbled, uneven and (after NYE) have a lot of broken glass so good shoes are a must.
Overall enjoyed the stay but it is fairly obvious that it isn't a very well thought through business operation, as the difficulty finding the place, not to mention the secrecy and lack of marking/signage anywhere, stained an otherwise enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Verea Caves are a selection of refreshingly unique and original self-catering holiday caves in Granada, Spain. Nestled in the UNESCO protected, Sacromonte area of Granada with stunning views of the Alhambra, they offer accommodation in 3 caves (max. 4 pax) and 1 cave for 10 people fully equipped with blankets, sheets, and towels, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, electric hob, kettle, etc. bathroom with WC, wash basin, shower, cable TV, heating with electric radiators. Very cozy & Very affordable. Recently renovated. ... more less