The Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol is located on one of the slopes of the Alhambra and looks out onto the Vega – the fertile plain which stretches to the south of Granada – and towards the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It stands on the upper fringe of the medieval Jewish Quarter, now the Realejo district.
A “carmen” is a traditional Granada house whose origins date back to the Moorish period. It comprises the house and a terraced garden with an orchard and is fully integrated within the particular layout of the area. The “alcubillas” were used as an element of the distribution system for irrigation waters from the Acequia Real (the Royal Canal) in the Alhambra or from the local Acequia del Sultán (the Sultan’s Canal). One of these water distributors, known as “alcubilla del caracol”, for a long time lent its name to the upper section of what today is called Cuesta del Realejo (Realejo Hill).
The garden, with its water troughs and terracing, is separated into clearly defined areas each with its own vegetation and features ranging from a Roman shrine with Tuscan columns covered by a leafy glicinia to a traditional Granada cobblestone area with orange and lemon trees via the impressive outline of a centennial cyprus tree which features in a landscape painted by Sorolla in 1910.
The Carmen de la Alcubilla comprises seven bedrooms on three floors and a tower. The names of the rooms are Santo Domingo, La Glicinia, La Buganvilla, El Campo, El Ciprés, La Palmera and La Torre. They are all exterior rooms with outstanding panoramic views of Sierra Nevada, Granada and the Vega. Most of them have private verandahs or exits to the gardens.
All the rooms have temperature control, telephone, Wifi Internet connection points and a safe.
The interior decoration has been particularly carefully considered in an attempt to maintain the special character of the carmen above that of more conventional accommodation. The furniture and antiques have been in the family of the owners for generations but have been given an up-to-date treatment thereby creating a welcoming and cheerful atmosphere which encourages our guests to enjoy not only the private area of their room but also the common areas inside and outside the house.