Most of the rental companies at Granada do not accept American Express cards.
The historic city of Granada sits in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the south east of Andalucia. Attracted by the spectacular Alhambra Palace, millions of tourists from around the globe visit Granada every year.
Granada Airport (Aeropuerto Frederico Garcia Lorca Granada Jaen) is a small airport with a single terminal building handling arrivals and departures. The airport is a 25 minute drive (20kms) from Granada city centre.
The airport is located close to the town of Santa Fe on the A-92 motorway (5 minutes from junction Exit 230). Granada Airport also serves neighbouring Jaen province.
Granada is a small airport, and is mainly used for internal Spanish flights. The primary reason for this is the airports close proximity to Malaga Airport which is around an hour and a half drive to the south west.
There are direct flights to Granada from the UK from London City airport (British Airways) and London Gatwick and Manchester (Easyjet).
There are 3 companies which have desks inside the airport arrivals hall (AVIS, Budget and OK Rent A Car). These 3 companies have a collection and drop-off car park just outside the arrivals terminal and do not require a shuttle bus transfer. Other companies including Goldcar, InterRent and Rhodium operate from a compound at the edge of the airport terminal which requires a short shuttle bus transfer (approx 2 minutes).
There is a fuel station on-site which is easily accessible as you enter and exit the airport.
If you are not hiring a car, there are alternatives at Granada airport. There is no train station, but there are regular buses to Granada centre (operated by Autocares Gonzales) where you can catch a train or coach to Seville, Malaga and other locations on the Costa del Sol.
Taxi prices in Andalucia are government regulated, and a taxi from the airport to Granada city centre (bus station) should around € 20 in the day (slightly higher prices at night and weekends).
The best place to stay close to Granada Airport is in the city centre itself. Below are some ideas of where to stay:
High End - Hospes Palacio de los Patos on Calle Recogidas.
Mid Range - Hotel NH Victoria or Abades Recogidas Both on Calle Recogidas.
Budget - Hotel Reino de Granada C/Recogidas or Hotel Dauro, Acerca del Darro.
Granada is located at an altitude of over 700 metres in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain region. In winter temperatures can be cold, but when the sun shines the temperature will rise making it pleasant to be outside in the sun. Winter daytimes maximum temperatures typically vary from 10 to 16 degrees Celcius.
Spring and autumn are the perfect seasons to visit Granada with temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s in the day.
Summer can be oppressively hot in Granada with temperatures regularly in the mid 30s in July and August. In winter the temperatures in Granada can be a lot colder than on the coast, although when the sun is shining it generally feels warm.
The spectacular World Heritage site the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada, built by the Moors in the 14th century. The palace is a very popular tourist attraction and can be very busy in the summer, and tickets from April to September regularly sell out (for daytime entry), so it is highly recommended that you reserve your tickets online as early as possible to make sure you can visit on the date you prefer.
Pre-book tickets to the Alhambra here.
Night time visits are great for the hot summer and tickets are easier to obtain usually. Allow at least 3-4 hours to for the visit.
Granada is located around 65km inland, so the temperature can be hotter than on the coast in the summer months.
There are many great places to discover in the city itself. For those interested in Spanish history the eye-catching Cathedral and the Royal Chapel are worth visiting.
Plaza Nueva is where many tourists end up after visiting the Alhambra Palace. The plaza is around a 15 minute walk down hill from the palace and gardens. The plaza is full of bars and restuarants , most offering al fresco dining in the warm Granada sun.
The narrow alleys of the Alcaiceria just off of Bib Rambla square are enchanting. The name derives from the Arab term "al-qaysariya", meaning a commercial area. The area was formerly a silk market, but is now lined with any number of tourist shops where you can by souvenirs depicting the Alhambra.
Bib Rambla has plenty of bars and a number of "al fresco" restaurants where you can enjoy a refreshing beer or indulge in some local tapas.
The impressive view from the Mirador de San Nicolas in the Albayzin quarter is a must see for any visitor to Granada. From here you can enjoy spectacular views over the city and across to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens.
If you have more time to explore the Granada region, the province has more to see than the city and the Alhambra. During the colder months (November to April), you can enjoy Skiing at Europe's most southerly resort. The snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada are at such a high altitude, that you can ski in the morning, and sunbathe on the beaches of the Costa Tropical on the same day.
Some of the best beaches on the Costa Tropical are at Almunecar and La Herradura both of which are quiet coastal resorts popular with Spanish families.
The white Alpujarra villages to the south of Granada and the natural region of Lecrin Valley are great for walking enthusiasts, birdwatching or mountain biking, also for finding the essence of Real Spain.
The annual highlight of the Granada calendar is Easter week. The Easter processions are not as busy as in Seville, so it's easier to get a good view. The best place to see them is around the Cathedral or Gran Via.
The Crosses of May are a colourful festival celebrated during the first week in May in the streets around Granada. The best time to see them in the early afternoon and evening.
At Christmas time in Granada Nativity scenes created by schools and local associations appear around the city and Christmas markets with local handicrafts. For skier's it's the ideal time to be in town.
As with any Spanish city, food and drink is varied and great quality. Dont miss the Arab style tea shops in the Lower Albayzin on Caldereria Nueva street.
In most bars in Granada you will enjoy free Tapas with your beer and wine. Find your favourite spots in the city by tasting their complimentary tapas each evening or lunchtime.
If you prefer something a little more romantic enjoy dinner below the Mirador de San Nicolas in one of the Carmen restaurants. Dine with the views over to the Alhambra.
For Ice cream lovers head to Los Italianos on Gran Via (open from Mid March to Mid October) and try their Cassata (house special) The most typical regional cake is Pionono named after the Pope Pius XI or Pope Nono.
If you require a larger vehicle, Blue Valley Car Hire provide 9 seat self-drive minibus rental at airports throughout Europe. We do not provide rental of vehicles with over 9 seats.