Fly To Granada, Spain
Granada is one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Overshadowed by the famous Alhambra, which draws the majority of tourism in the area, Granada itself is one Andalucía’s trendiest cities, with a youthful exuberance filling its ancient streets. The Moorish influence is still very evident in the city’s architecture and design, creating a gorgeous backdrop against which the city’s social scene thrives. Tapas culture is huge here, and the bars, restaurants and dance clubs are fabulous.
Book your flights to Granada right here on Travelstart and make sure to spend a few days exploring this unique, Spanish city. It’s never overcrowded with tourists, and makes a great break from Spain’s larger centres, so it’s a good option for an in-between stay on a larger Spanish adventure.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Granada, or anywhere else in Spain. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Embassy to Granada is in Madrid. Edificio Lista, Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6, Cor of J Ortega Y Gasset, Madrid 28006. Phone: + 34 91 436 3780. Website: dirco.gov.za/madrid/en/.
See and do
The medieval complex of the Alhambra is the main attraction that brings people to Granada, and it’s certainly a must-see when in Spain. As the last Moorish stronghold in Europe, it’s a spectacular reflection of the ornamental architecture, decorative gardens and cascading water features that defined Moorish design. Its popularity does mean that you’ll need to book your tickets in advance, as numbers are limited and they sell out from time to time.
Granada is much more than just the Alhambra, however, and you’ll find fascinating historic gems throughout the city. Central Granada’s historic district forms the heart of the city, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars and attractions lining the cobbled walkways, and grand plazas. The Plaza Isabel la Catolica, the Cathedral of Granada, the Royal Chapel, Madraza Palace, Corral del Carbón and Alcaiceria are just a few of the highlights you won’t want to miss.
When shopping in Granada, keep the siesta hours in mind as many shops close for the afternoon. The Alcaiceria, south of the Cathedral, is a popular spot for souvenirs, as are the stores along the Cuesta de Gomerez on the way up to the Alhambra. Keep an eye out for Granada pottery, with its distinct white background and blue and green designs, as well as the marquetry (known as tarecea) that is famous in the region.
Getting around Granada is easy to do on foot, especially if you’re staying in the city centre. Alternatively, local buses cover nearly all of the attractions, with the red and white Alhambra Bus minibuses being a popular way to explore. Renting a car is not encouraged, as driving can be a nightmare here, with the narrow maze of one-way streets nearly unnavigable if you don’t know the area well.
Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport – GRX
Food and beverage: AiCafé, Cafeteria Abades and Restaurante Abades.
Currency Exchange: There are no Forex Bureaus at Granada Airport, but you’ll find ATMs in the Departures Hall, on Level 0.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Lost &Found Desk, in the arrivals area on Level 0 or call +34 958 245 249.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Hotel Casa Del Trigo Santa Fe, Camping Maria Eugenia Bungalows, and Villa Blanca Hotel.
Car Hire: Avis, Europcar and Goldcar Rental.