As a popular destination for visitors from all over the world, you’ll never be at a loss to find good places to eat out in this buzzing and vibrant Mediterranean city.
Granada is one of the few regions left where the tradition of providing a free “Tapa” with your beer or wine still survives today. Quality and quantity varies, but if you choose carefully where you go, with 2 or 3 drinks, you might not have to bother with ordering a full meal. Good areas for tapas bars are the Albaicin, Realejo, Plaza de Toros and Centre districts.
The city itself was originally founded by the Romans under the name of Illibris, only gaining its current name after the Moorish invasion of the VIII century. The Christian re-conquest didn’t occur until 1492, leading to the complete Christian domination of the whole Iberian Peninsula. It is said that during the siege of the Alhambra Palace, Queen Isabella of Castilla received Christopher Columbus. In his audience, the queen granted the explorer the resources for his epic journey of discovery to the West Indies.
In Flamenco, as a musical art form, exists the term known by connoisseurs as “duende”, a kind of spine tingling sensation that very occasionally strikes when something immensely profound has just been heard.
The Sacromonte area has had a long tradition of flamenco fiestas of song and dance, which date back to the XVI century and originally formed part of Moorish nuptial rituals. Curious cave dance halls are still dotted around this area today.
Though Granada as a town has a more traditional feeling to it, it does have a certain history of off road sports. The numerous off road events taking place here have included the Granada leg of the Paris- Dakar rally, as well as the ISDE 2000, won by an Italian team. The routes and tracks around the city give you the chance to experience wild and thrilling riding through some of the most spectacular landscapes.
Granada’s Federico García Lorca international airport is just 15km from the city centre. There are regular Easyjet flights from London Gatwick and British Airways from London City Airport. Connecting flights from Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca are also available. The nearest alternative airports are Malaga and Almeria which have direct bus and train services to Granada.
Granada airport tel.: 00 34 958 245 200/ 00 34 902 400 500
The following car hire companies operate from Granada airport:
Alquilauto: 00 34 958 13 57 50
Atesa: 00 34 958 24 52 40
Avis: 00 34 958 44 64 55
Europcar: 00 34 958 24 52 75
Hertz: 00 34 958 24 52 77
Crown Car Hire: 00 34 958 45 51 60