Granada Airport, also known as Federico Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport (that’s a mouthful), is the airport that serves the city of Granada in Spain. The airport is located near Santa Fe, west of Granada. It was officially named after the poet Federico Gracia Lorca, who was born and raised in Granada.
Granada Airport first began its services back in 1911. The airport continued to operate until the First World War started. During the war, the airport served as a support for military activities, and was equipped with various facilities like workshops, warehouses, telegraph stations and hangars. In 1929, the Granada-Seville route was opened to civilian traffic, but the airport was again taken over for military operations during the civil war. It wasn’t until 1946 that all military activities ceased.
The present day Granada Airport has one terminal, capable of accommodating over a million passengers per year. The single terminal is divided into arrival and departure areas, with both areas equipped with adequate facilities to cater to passengers’ needs. These facilities include a shopping area for travellers in transit, seeking to spend some time walking around.
Restaurant and cafes can also be found in the airport to cater to the hungry, waiting passengers. Meeting room facilities can also be found within the airport for business travellers. A VIP lounge for the aforementioned passengers is also equipped with state of the art relaxation and entertainment gears.
How to get around
Granada Airport provides car rental services and hiring a car is one of the best options for seasoned travellers looking to spend the holiday exploring the city at their own time and pace. Rental companies can be found at the arrival hall of the airport.
Although there is no train station that directly connects the city to the airport, the train stations around the airport can be easily reached by scheduled buses or taxis.
The company known as Autocares Jose Gonzalez provides bus services that ferries passengers to and from the airport into and out of the city of Granada. The buses depart after each arrival flight, traveling to a few locations within Granada City: Granada Bus Station, La Caleta, Jardines del Triundo, Gran Via, the Cathedral, Puerta Real and the Palacio de Congresos. Each bus ride cost 3 Euros and you can purchase the tickets directly from the bus drivers.
What to see & do
Granada is steeped in history and culture, and is debatably one of the most worthwhile visits for tourists in Spain. On top of the multicultural history, Granada also has a raving nightlife owing to the hoards of students in the city looking to take a break. The best times to visit Granada are during spring and autumn, when it’s neither too hot, nor too cold.
If you are staying in Granada for more than three or four days, the Bono card is a good investment. It has a one week validity and allows you direct entry and a 30% discount to the Cathedral, Capilla Real, Alhambra & Generalife, Monastery of La Cartuja, Monastery of San Jerónimo, Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park) and provides a 25% discount for non-EU citizens who visit the Fine Arts and Archaeological Museum. Each ticket cost about 32.50 Euro if you book it in advance.
All of the locations stated above are some of the must visits of Granada, and with the Bono card, you can enjoy entry into every one of those sites either for free or at a heavily discounted price.
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