Most people book their flights to Granada in July and August, but during these months the city can become overcrowded with tourists and you may find that it is hard to find a cheap flight to Granada. There are various annual events that take place throughout the summer which may also contribute to larger crowds of locals as well as tourists in Granada. The Feria de Corpus is one of Granada’s highlight festivals during the year. It starts in early June and lasts for just over one week. This religious celebrations offers fairgrounds, food, drink, concerts, bull fighting, dancing and parities and sees a high attendance rate every year. Traditionally, people fill the streets of towns and villages with greenery for the solemn Corpus Christi processions. The city remains fairly popular into September and gets busy again leading up to summer.
Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit Granada, with warm days and not-too-chilly nights. Tourists can still enjoy festivities during the cool months as February is carnival season in Granada. A party atmosphere arrives in the town with a huge range of street entertainment on offer such as musicians, dancing and carnival processions which are held at various public plazas around the town. September is a particularly good time to visit, as the summer heat is still lingering but there are far less tourists so you are much more likely to find great deals and cheap flights to Granada. Even winter can be a good time for a trip, as the Sierra Nevada mountains provide the city with the most southern ski-resort in Europe.
Granada was once the greatest Islamic city in Europe. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the area has been populated since before the Greeks and shows the marks of the various occupations since. No one has made more of an impact on the city than its Islamic rulers, who made Granada the stronghold of Moorish Spain. Even today, Granada is home to the greatest Moorish relic in Europe, the Alhambra. The Alhambra is considered by some to be one of the wonders of the world, a complex of palace and fortress, which was home to the Arabic Sultans who ruled the region.
Granada is not just a city of ancient wonders though, home to the prestigious University of Granada, it has a lively and cosmopolitan nightlife due to its large student population. With its charming historic centre, narrow twisting streets, lively restaurants and bars, travellers taking a flight to Granada will discover a city with everything to offer.
The summers in Granada (from June to September) are hot and dry with average highs in July and August of more than 32 degrees. The winter months have warm days but cold nights, with temperatures in January usually around the tens. Spring and autumn are warm and sunny, September in particular tends to be hot and dry. In general there is very little rainfall.
Buses are the most common way to get around Granada. They’re also the most efficient. You’ll be glad you’re sitting on a bus when it starts chugging up the steep hills of the Albaicín. Once there you can see the Alhambra from the Plaza San Nícolas. The buses run until 11pm and you can catch most of them on the Granada’s main street, Gran Vía.
You can also rely on taxis to get around. They are fairly cheap but rates are a bit higher after the sun sets.
The main airport for travellers booking flights to Granada is Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén (GRX) located 9 miles (15 km) west of Granada. Frequent bus service operates from the airport to the city. Taxis and car rental companies are also available.