Booking your car rental online prior to the actual trip makes sense for a number of reasons
- The whole booking process is done at your own computer rather than at your destination where you could well be surrounded by a frazzled partner and a selection of tired and emotional youngsters
- It's faster at the car hire desk (although you won't believe that if you've been part of the endless queues at Alamo in Miami)
- It ensures that you receive the model of car that you require
- The fully inclusive cost will not be increased
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A city full of romance and adventure, Granada offers legend, mountains, pages of blood soaked history and a healthy dose of folklore and tradition. It has the magnificent Alhambra (otherwise known as the Red Castle), a stunning citadel and palace of the last kings of Nasrid built by the Moors.
The exciting city of Granada sits astride the hills of the Alhambra and the Albaicin in the foothills of Spain’s magnificent Sierra Nevada. There are two rivers, the Darro and the Genil that flow through the city refreshing many a parched thirst throughout Granada’s tumultuous past.
It was during the thirteenth century when Granada was occupied by the Moors (at the top of their game) when Granada became a significant city in Spain.
Granada marked the spot where the Moors had made their final stand to a total Catholic invasion. In 1492, the King of the Moors, Boabdil turned over his Spanish Islamic capital city over to the monarchy. Soon after, much of what represented the Moors was adapted including mosques that were reconstituted into churches. Consequently much of the Moorish landscape and architecture was destroyed. However if you visit the very striking district of Albaicin, you will find strong evidence that even today much was left unchanged despite the ravages of time. A walk around the Albaicin is like stepping back in time to the Middle Ages.
Granada’s history shows that things were good in Catholic hands after the Moors but then unfortunately and seriously took a dive in the sixteenth century.
As an introduction to Granada, you could do worse than take a tour of Old Granada. Guides are on call and available at any time during the day in case you are feeling impetuous. The tour tends to take about three hours by foot and is the best way to get to grips with the city’s history.
Lovers of Spanish classical music will be delighted they can visit the home of the great composer Manuel de Falla. Born in Cadiz, De Falla went to Madrid to study music which is where he composed his most famous pieces of ‘Nights in the Garden of Spain’ and ‘The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife’ (this was later to become ‘The Three Cornered Hat’). He joined his contemporaries (Debussy, Ravel and Dukas) in Paris for a spell before deciding to live in glorious Granada from 1921 to 1939. It was here in this city that he wrote ‘Master Peter’s Puppet Show’ and his orchestral cantata, Atlantis, which he personally considered to be the most monumental of all his works. The house, originally named ‘Carmen’ has become a dedicated museum to the life of Spain’s great composer. With its whitewashed walls, it’s panoramic surrounding scenery upon the Alhambra hill, it is as though nothing has been changed since he lived here. You can view his manuscripts, his piano and his life.
Churches to enjoy in Granada are in no short supply although you need to look out for the more popular ones such as the sixteenth century Iglesia de Santiago and Iglesia de San Andres. Although these buildings have suffered at the hand of time, earthquakes and war, there is much within them that dates back to the church origins.
Visitors to Granada tend to head immediately over to the Plaza Nueva claimed to be the oldest square in the city and packed with atmosphere or to the most romantic street in Andalusia, the Carrera del Darro. As you might deduce, the street runs alongside the River Darro and is a scene that can often be found in local galleries and antique shops reproduced over time by painters and etchers.
Bullfighting isn’t as popular as it once was. Today the tradition is observed either during the Festival de Corpus Christi (29th May to 6th June) or the third of May holiday (otherwise known as the Day of the Cross). Due to these changes, the queues at the Job Centres up and down Spain must have their fill of matadors. Although good news for the bulls, it is a harsh reality that awaits the jobbing matador in the 21st century.
Before you set off for Granada, find out about the Bono Turistico Pass. If you plan to stay in the city for a week, this pass makes great sense. It costs eighteen euros for a week and allows you access to a multiple of attractions out and about town.
With a plentiful dose of attractions here, a list of what definately not to miss would include the ancient Arab quarter of the Albaicin, the public baths (Alhambra Baths is a top score), the Puerto de Elvira where Ferdinand and Isabella returned in 1492 and the Archaeological Museum of Granada housed within the sixteenth century Castril Palace.
Something you had better dare not miss when in Granada is what is reputed to be the greatest view of all that Andalusia has to offer. Locals and visitors tend to head over to the Mirador de San Nicolas for a sunset to knock your socks off. While tiled roofs slope off down toward the River Darro, you can see the Alhambra as though in flames to the backdrop of the snowy topped Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is a truly unforgettable sight.
otherwise known as Federico Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport is situated 17 kilometres from Granada city centre.
If driving to and from the airport, you need to take the A92 highway through Seville. If travelling from Jaen, you will need to take the N-44 before taking the A-92 through Seville.
If a bus is required, a shuttle service from the airport to city centre costs 3 euros.
For taxis into the city centre the fare is 17 euros while a taxi to the Alhambra will cost you 25 euros.