It may be compact, but Granada’s mix of Iberian and Arab heritage, from traditional Andalusian tapas bars to bustling bazaars...
...and traditional Moorish bathhouses, only adds to its charm. Throw in some of the world’s most fabulous historical buildings and the Sierra Nevada mountains on its doorstep, and you have a city just begging to be explored.
Arriving at Granada Airport
Granada Airport (GRX), also called Federico García Lorca Granada Airport, is about nine miles (15km), or a 45-minute drive, west of the city centre. There is only one terminal. Taxis and buses are plentiful and stop outside the terminal hall by the main exit. They have two separate tariffs for daytime and evenings and weekends. If you're planning on driving yourself, book your car hire in advance.
Food and drink
Andalusia is known for its abundance of fresh ingredients, with gazpacho, Iberico ham, sherry, pescaito frito (fried fish), gambas (prawns) and pulpo (octopus) among its most famous dishes.
Granada is one of the few places in the world where you will get free tapas with every drink you buy. The bars and tavernas of Calle de Elvira and Calle Navas, off Plaza del Carmen, are among the best places in the city to go on a tapas crawl. The best bar in town has to be the legendary Bodegas Castañeda on Calle de Almireceros, renowned for its cheeses and hams.
Classic dishes like broad beans with ham, lamb stew with prunes (rather like tagine) and meat pastries can be found at any of the city’s traditional restaurants. At the top end, Mirador de Morayma on Calle del Pianista García Carrillo, serves delights such as artichokes in almond sauce and has a jaw-dropping view of the Alhambra.
Granada is also known for its seafood, which you’ll find in abundance in the bars and restaurants of Plaza Pescadería.
In recent years, the number of North African style teterias (teahouses) has proliferated, with most offering a long list of aromatic teas and sticky Arabic sweets.