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Nestling in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the ancient city of Granada is home to the majestic and mysterious Alhambra fortress, the palace of the Moorish Sultans who ruled southern Spain.
Cheap flights to Granada can be hard to come by in the summer months of July and August. Bargain fares to Granada can be found in the spring and autumn when the weather is still warm but there are fewer visitors. If you travel in the winter there is also the option of skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Finding a cheap fare to Granada should not be difficult as long as you are prepared to adapt your plans. Use our ‘Nearby airports’ option to check fares to other airports in the region, and use ‘All London airports’ to see if there are cheaper flights from different departure points in the capital. Having leeway on dates should also help: use our ‘Show flexible dates’ option to find the best deals.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Granada are:
Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaen is nine miles west of Granada, and it is simple to take a bus or taxi into the city. Hire car facilities are also available at the airport.
However, many cheap fares to Granada will arrive at the much busier Malaga airport. The fourth biggest airport in Spain, Malaga is around a 90-minute drive from Granada.
The main airlines that fly to Granada from the UK include:
Granada’s new Metro system began operating in 2017 from Albolote in the north to Armilla in the south. The city also has a good bus network. Taxis are easy to find but the prices go up at night.
Driving in Granada can be stressful, but hiring a car is a good way to get there if you opt for a cheap flight to Malaga, and it gives you the opportunity to explore the surrounding area.
You can also get to Granada by train from other major cities in Spain.
The Alhambra is an exquisite fortified palace that dates back to the 9th century. It was the seat of the Moorish emirs and features the finest examples of Islamic architectural style in Europe.
After Alhambra enjoy two of Granada’s other specialities, tapas and flamenco, in one of the many venues around the city.
You can’t escape the culture and history when walking around Granada, but keep an eye out for the graffiti as well. The vivid murals of street artist El Nino de las Pinturas have become an attraction in their own right.
Book tickets to the Alhambra in advance. Visitor numbers are limited, and it is almost impossible to buy tickets on the door.