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Flights to Granada

image of GranadaNot to be confused with Grenada, Granada is a city in the province of Granada within Andalusia in southern Spain. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada offers plenty of tourist attractions including the famous Alhambra.

Federico Garcia Lorca Airport (airport code: GRX) is the local airport for flights to Granada, and it’s about 15 kilometres outside of the city. All flights to Granada coming from Johannesburg have 2 connections and they take between 20 and 25 hours. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both have transfer stops in London and Barcelona, and Egyptair will take you through Cairo and then Barcelona. Another option is a flight to Granada with Air France, with stops in Paris and Barcelona.

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The Tourist Attractions of Granada:

Granada is one of Spain’s most popular city destinations because it has so much to offer. It’s located in Southern Spain but being at altitude the weather isn’t as stiflingly hot here during the summer as it is in some other southern Spanish cities. This makes is a great place to visit during the summer months. Granada is rich in history and culture and offers some fabulous architecture and historical attractions, but with the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the city’s doorstep Granada offers even more; hiking and scenery during the summer and winter sports during the winter.

The Alhambra
The Alhambra is by far the best known and most highly visited attraction in Granada. It’s a palace and fortress set up on the top of a hill overlooking Granada and because of its cultural importance it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. The complex was constructed in the 14th century by the Moors for the last Muslim Emirs of Spain and during its history it was also used by Christian rulers.

After a long period of neglect the Alhambra was rediscovered in the 19th century and refurbished to its former glory. Today it’s one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions and features beautiful and ornate Islamic architecture both inside and out. The impressive Palace of Charles V is within the Alhambra fortification and it was built in 1527.

Granada Cathedral
The beautiful Granada Cathedral is within the centre of the city and was built on top of foundations that were originally the city’s main mosque. Originally intended as a Gothic masterpiece the cathedral was eventually built in the Spanish Renaissance style with Baroque elements. The final product is beautiful both on the inside and the outside with features of note including the Chapel of Trinity and a painting by El Greco.

Royal Chapel of Granada
Also in the centre of Granada is the Royal Chapel. This is a mausoleum that was built to house the remains of the Catholic Monarchs. The architecture is again beautiful and there’s a museum where you can see works of art by Spanish, Flemish and Italian artists of the 15th century.

When the Alhambra was declared a World Heritage Site so too was Granada’s Albayzin district. This is one of the older parts of the city that’s kept its very historical look and feel with narrow winding streets that tell of the Moorish medieval construction. This is a great place to wander around and is particularly popular with tourists because of the great views of the Alhambra from here.

When Should You Visit?:

Granada enjoys hot weather and sunny skies during the summer making this a great time for city sightseeing. The average high in July is a warm 33.5C and the summer months receive virtually no rainfall. Despite the elevation winters are mild too – the average high in January is 12C.

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