The ancient kingdom of Granada is today one of the most scenic cities in Andalucia, set in a dramatic location nestling at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. With the stunning Alhambra Palace sitting like a crown upon this most romantic of destinations. Now you can fly direct to it from London in the UK. For, as from now, British airways are commencing flights from London City airport straight to the airport at Granada. Reinstating a direct airlink from the UK that has been absent for three years. The service covers four flights a week flying into the airport that lies just 15 kilometres from the city. There is a bus service running from 05.30 in the morning to 20.00 in the evening. Taxis are also available for a reasonable cost of around twenty five euros.

Once in the city, stay at the Hotel Parador de Granada for a stay of unrivalled splendour. The hotel is housed in a 15th century convent and exudes comfort and charm. Another period hotel located in the Albaicin area of Granada is the Hotel Casa Morisca. With rooms set around a central courtyard, it is another example of a hotel full of character. If you are on a budget, there are many hostals with an excellent degree of comfort and style. Including the Hostal La Ninfa on the Plaza Campo del Principe.

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This street is also the main meeting point, lined with a multitude of restaurants and bars. From here is an interesting walk to the Museum Sephardic. Founded by a Spanish couple earlier this year, it tells the story of this old Jewish neighbourhood.

If it’s window shopping you want, then the Gran Via is the place to be. Wander along its majestic length and take in the best of international and Spanish brands such as Bimba & Lola, Susanna Cruz and Longchamp. After a day of wandering in this wonderful city, relax in a typical tapas bar for an aperitif. The Paseo de los Tristas is the place to start the evening where Rabo da Nube joins its neighbours under a vine-draped pergola beside the Rio Darro and the Alhambra. The wonderful thing about this city is that it still retains the tradition of free tapas. Anything from a few slices of Manchego cheese to a full plate of Iberico ham, bread and olives. Order your aperitifs, relax and watch the moon rise over the Moorish palace in front of your eyes.

When it is time for dinner, then wander along the steep streets of the Albaicin to discover the restaurants with the best views of the Alhambra. Halfway up, discover the Mirador de Morayma, that as it name suggests, does just this. Further up, at the top, find the restaurant Huerto de Juan Ranas with its spectacular terrace. For more elegant dining, there is the Restaurante San Nicolas. No matter your taste, you will find fantastic dishes and food to fulfil your needs.

What else to do in this city of dreams? Visit of course, the magnificent Alhambra palace from where the Moors ruled for over four hundred years. On a hill north of the citadel, also visit the Albaicin district that reflects the Granada’s Islamic roots, Whilst to the south, the atmospheric Realejo quarter tells the story of the Jewish fraternity, who lived side by side with the Moors.

This is only touching on what is on offer in this incredible city of diverse tastes and peoples. And now, with the new service from British Airways, Granada is just two hours away for a long weekend or a longer vacation. What else could be asked for then a trip to one of the most glorious cities in the world with its historic, hypnotic, romantic past.

 

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