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.
As with many other Spanish towns and cities, Granada’s nightlife is wild and raucous. It doesn’t usually get going until midnight, ending somewhere in the wee small hours.
Most granadinos start off in a tapas bar or two. Bar Los Diamantes on Calle Navas is one of the more stylish ones and well worth a visit. Culture buffs should check out La Tetería del Hammam on Calle Santa Ana, where you can watch flamenco and sometimes belly-dancing and listen to live music and traditional storytelling. For more flamenco, the Casa del Arte Flamenco on Cuesta de Gomérez puts on top-notch performers in a venue that sits somewhere between a tablao (choreographed flamenco show) and peña (private club).
Realejo is popular with expats and its cheerful bars and al-fresco tables are worth a visit for a chilled caña (a small draft beer) or three.
Granada’s university (Universidad de Granada) is home to more than 80,000 students and there are numerous bars and clubs in the area surrounding the Plaza de la Universidad and nearby Plaza de la Trinidad. Many places don’t open until midnight and the scene (like much of Granada’s nightlife) is an alternative, youthful one.