London Stansted to Granada Airport
The city of Granada in Andalucia is home of the Alhambra, one of Europe’s finest architectural masterpieces. This fine palace-fortress, built by the Moors, is one of Spain’s most important tourist attractions.
Visitors to the city can benefit from the Granada City Pass (Bono Turistico Granada) which entitles holders to 30% off the admission price for the Alhambra, Generalife, cathedral and several other attractions. Costing 22.50 euros, the card is available at the Alhambra.
Flights between London Stansted and Granada Airport are provided by Ryanair. The airport is located around 16km (10 miles) west of Granada near the town of Santa Fe. There are seven buses daily to the city centre. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs 3 euros. Taxis cost around 17 euros to the city centre and about 25 euros to the Alhambra.
Places of interest in Granada include:
- The Alhambra. The Islamic Nasrid dynasty ruled the area of Spain stretching from east of Almeria to the Gibraltar Strait for around 250 years and built this fine palace set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.Highlights of the Alhambra complex include the 14 century Nasrid Palace,arguably Europe’s finest Islamic building, the Alcazaba fortress with itsramparts and watchtowers, and the Patio de los Leones (Lion Courtyard) featuring a central fountain of 12 marble lions. The Alhambra can be verybusy between April and October and there are a limited number of tickets available every day, but they can be purchased in advance on the internet at www.alhambratickets.com.
- Generalife. Just a short walk up from the Alhambra is the Generalife, the beautiful summer gardens of the Nasrid rulers dating back to the 14th century.
- Albaicin. Set on the hillside facing the Alhambra is Granada’s Moorish quarter, a maze of cobbled streets, whitewashed homes and churches converted from mosques.
- Archaeological Museum. On the edge of the Albaicin is this museum housed in a 16th century mansion. There is a range of architectural treasures on display here including Egyptian funeral urns, Roman stone carvings, prehistoric artefacts from local caves and a Moorish astrolabe used for reading the stars which dates back to the 14th century.
- Lorca’s House. Federico Garcia Lorca was one of the 20th century’s finest poets and dramatists who was murdered by supporters of Franco during the Spanish Civil War. His family home to the west of the city centre has been converted into a museum dedicated to his life.
- Parque de las Ciencias. This science museum, 2 km south of the city centre, has loads of hands-on exhibits and a special area for children to learn about basic science. There is also a planetarium on the site.
- Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is home to Europe’s most southerly ski resort, Solynieve, just 32 km (19 miles) from the centre of Granada. The resort is usually open from around December to April. During the ski season there are around 4 buses daily from Granada city centre to the resort, with just one daily out of seas.