Federico Garcia Lorca Granada Jaen Airport (GRX) serves the Andalusian town of Granada and is conveniently situated just 17km away from the city centre.
If you plan on visiting Granada during the summer when the weather is at its most pleasant, be sure to book your flights well in advance as this is Granada’s peak season. Booking in advance will give you access to a greater selection of flights and can also secure you a better price. As Granada experiences its peak season during the summer months of July and August, some great savings can be made by timing your Granada holiday for one of the shoulder seasons.
A handful of airlines offer flights from the UK to Granada. British Airways operates nonstop flights from London to Granada. On average, you can expect a nonstop flight to Granada to take 2 hours 40 minutes. Vueling and Iberia offer both direct and connecting flights to Granada with stopping points in either Barcelona or, more commonly, Madrid. A flight with one stop will take around 4 hours 30 minutes. While the journey time is longer, travellers can make some great savings by opting for a direct or connecting flight.
What to Do in Granada
Granada’s principal tourist attraction is its thirteenth-century fortress, La Alhambra. The stunning fortress is perched on a hill overlooking much of Granada and is a magnificent piece of architecture. Visitors can explore the citadel, called Alcazaba, which is the oldest part of the city, and the Alhambra Palace. One of the highlights of the palace is the famous Patio de los Leones which has an impressive basin held up by 12 marble lions. The fortress is encircled by the Generalife Gardens. These landscaped gardens are a beautiful setting for a leisurely stroll and in the summer months the gardens are an atmospheric stage for outdoor concerts.
Sacromonte is Granada’s gypsy district and is famous for its cave dwellings carved into the sides of the hills. The narrow, winding paths of the Sacromonte are great fun to explore and are lined with local shops and welcoming bars. In addition, there are a number of historic sites in this area including medieval walls and arches, quaint plazas and old churches (many of which were once mosques).
From the outside Hamman El Bañuelo does not look particularly noteworthy, however the building is home to Spain’s best-preserved Arabic bath house. The historic baths are thought to be constructed around 1,000 years ago and used to be a major socializing and bathing venue during Muslim Granada. Today, visitors can walk around the bath house to explore its beautiful architecture and learn how the baths house worked. There is also a scenic courtyard outside which is worth a visit.
The Royal Chapel and Cathedral are two sights not to be missed while on holiday in Granada. The Royal Chapel, Capilla Real in Spanish, was commissioned by Fernando and Isabel, Granada’s Christian conquerors. The chapel is also the resting place of the conquerors. Next door is the Cathedral which was commissioned by Carlos V in the early sixteenth century as he thought the Royal Chapel was not grand enough for his late grandparents. Sadly, the cathedral took too long to complete and was never used as a crypt for his grandparents. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful building featuring both gothic and renaissance styles and has an interesting museum which showcases some of the cathedral’s curious relics.