What do I need to know before travelling to Granada?

You’re probably already getting ready for your holiday or you’ve got a weekend off and fancy a getaway to Granada, just like everybody dreams of. If this is the case, we want to make it easy for you. We’re going to tell you what you need to know before visiting Granada, what you need to pack and the best way to walk around the city.

Of course, there are must-see spots you simply cannot miss out, including those we tell you about in the article “what to do on the weekend in Granada”. You also can find our selection of must-see spots in the “what to see in Granada” section.

Although this article focuses more on the logistics, it’s good to have a rough idea of what you want to visit before you arrive, so you can plan your trip around this. If you have any questions, we’ll be available to help you at our CICERONE Costumer Service Centre-Shop, located at San Jerónimo 10, Street. If you’d prefer, you can send us an email at reservas@ciceronegranada.com. We’re here for whatever you need.

How to get to Granada

By plane

Granada Airport, Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén, has flights to Madrid and Barcelona, as well as other main European cities.

Trains in Granada

The high-speed train (AVE) connects Granada to Madrid, Barcelona and Málaga, all of which have international airports. However, there is also the option of the Talgo, which is slower but cheaper.

By bus

Granada is connected to all provincial capitals by bus. It’s quite a lot slower but be quite enjoyable, too.

Packing for a trip to Granada

Distances are short in Granada and walking is definitely worthy. One of the most attractive aspects of the city is its cobbled streets. To enjoy a wander, it’s best you to pack comfortable footwear, whether that’s sandals or trainers, with a good ankle fixing system and a non-slip rubber sole. If you’re thinking of going up to the Albaicín, Sacromonte or the Alhambra, you’ll come across various hills, some of which are quite steep. The best thing to do is to carry a kit containing water and sun protection if you’re coming in summer.

Transport in Granada

We’d suggest you forget about the car, but, if you do come by car, the ideal thing to do is to park on the outskirts or in the car park provided by your accommodation and rely on public transport. The best areas for parking are around the Parque de las Ciencias, the Facultad de Bellas Artes and the Hipercor Department Store. These are connected by public transport; both metro and bus. You can then start your routes around Granada from here.

As we mentioned, the distances are relatively short and it’s easy to get from A to B. The majority of the hotels are within accessible distance from the historic centre, Tourist Information Centres and of course, our Customer Service Centre-Shop, where we’ll be more than happy to help you.

Another part of Granada’s magic can be found in its streets and squares. You’ll find surprises from the ground up to the rooftops. Walking around Granada is always a treat for your senses, as we tell you every day during our premium small group guided tours in Granada.

Transport in the Albaicín and Sacromonte

If you want to visit the Alhambra or explore the Albaicín and Sacromonte, you can walk up to the peak of their steep hilly streets. If you’d rather not tire yourself out before starting your tour or walk, you can catch the public minibus to go up and to come back down again.

The C31 and C34 buses leave from Plaza Nueva and will take you to the Albaicín and Sacromonte, respectively. You can also get on these buses at the end of the Paseo de los Tristes and enjoying the stunning wander along the Carrera del Darro.

At the Cathedral stop on Gran Vía or Plaza Isabel la Católica, you can catch the C30, C32 and C35. The C30 and C32 take you up to the Alhambra, with a stop at the main entrance to the Generalife, the Puerta de los Carros and the Puerta de la Justicia.The C35 stops slightly further up the hill, at the cemetery, from which you can head down on foot.

A one-way ticket costs €1.40, but it’s better to get a travelcard with a few trips paid for if you’re going to use the bus or minibus at least 5 times.

You can find more information about prices and times on the Granada transport page, Movilidad Granada.

Another fun option is the tourist train, which takes you around Granada and links Albaicín and Sacromonte hills. If this alternative grabs your attention, you can book at our shop.

Where to eat tapas in Granada

Granada’s idea of tapas is a monument in itself. Everyone has heard about them, but you’ve got to know where to go. In this sense, we can split the city into two areas: the tourist area and the university area. The first has a more sophisticated offering, whereas the latter offers more cheap and cheerful, but bigger tapas.

Within the tourist area you’ll find delicious tapas close to Plaza Nueva, Plaza Bibrrambla, the Cathedral or along Paseo de los tristes and the Albaicín. As we said, the tapas are more sophisticated, without leaving tradition behind, but the drinks are slightly more expensive. You really can enjoy some exquisite food.

In the university areas, however, just a few rounds will get you enough tapas for feeling full. However, the most traditional areas can be found around the Town Hall and Calle Navas or the Realejo. You can tuck into some great food at a great price. Slightly further out the centre is El Campo del Príncipe, where you’ll also find delicious food.

These are the key things you need to know before getting to Granada if you’d rather arrive with your itinerary already mapped out. We’d recommend you join us on one of our CICERONE private or premium small group guided tours, as you’ll have your own guide and every question and curiosity are answered while walking at your own pace. If you have any more questions, visit us, write to us or give us a call. We’re here to help.