Granada is located in the foothills of the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucía and is rich in history and culture. The city is located 142km from Malaga Airport and is close to many popular holiday destinations across the region, making it a perfect spot for a sightseeing trip or a longer holiday to explore this beautiful part of the country.
If you’re flying into Malaga Airport, there are many options available for travelling to Granada. If you prefer to travel by car, there are of course many car hire options available at Malaga airport. The journey takes approximately one hour and 34 minutes and the fastest recommended route to Granada from the airport is via the A-92.
There are also a number of train routes available, with travel time to Granada from the Airport taking between two to three hours. A number of bus routes are also available, with prices varying depending on the service. This is often the cheaper option, with a similar travel time of two to three hours.
Once you’ve got to Granada, you can finally enjoy the stunning sights that the city has to offer. One of the most notable attractions is Alhambra, a fortress and palace that was originally built in 889 AD. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alhambra is the source of poems and songs throughout history and has hosted notable figures including the royal court of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II, the Holy Roman Emperor. Make sure to book tickets in advance if you’re thinking of visiting Alhambra!
With a fantastic collection of Moorish and medieval architecture and culture, Granada is also home to a number of amazing examples of history including the 16th century Granada Cathedral and the beautiful stately gardens of the Generalife Palace.
There are also plenty of places in and around Grenada to take a walk and to soak in the stunning views that the area has to offer, as well as the rich history and culture. The majestic Sierra Nevada mountains are only half an hour away from the old centre of Grenada, and are also home to the highest peak in Iberia, Mulhacén, which reaches a height of 3,478m. There is also a ski resort, which is said to the southernmost ski resort in Europe.
If you prefer a less intense hike and would rather have a relaxing walk throughout Grenada while still seeing what the city has to offer, pay a visit to the historic Albayzín and Sacromonte neighbourhoods. Both areas offer incredible panoramic views of Granada and the Alhambra, and are beautiful places to explore.
Albayzín was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 and is filled with cobbled streets, a number of historic sites and Moorish architecture. Sacromonte is East of Albayzín and is historically home to the city’s gypsy community. Located on the slopes of Valparaíso, this traditional neighbourhood is also home to unique cave houses that were first created in the 16th century.