With the romantic splendour of its famous Alhambra Palace and easy access to both mountains and beaches, Granada is one of the most exciting Spanish cities to visit. If you want to take full advantage of all that this part of Spain has to offer – from ski resorts to glorious beaches – it’s best to have your own vehicle.
We can help you hire a car while you’re in Granada. Our rental car pick-up location is close to the heart of the city and we can offer a great range of vehicles, from luxury off-roaders to economical family hatchbacks.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0900-1300 1630-1930, Sa 0900-1400, Su closed
Address:Av. Fuente Nueva
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
The snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains dominate the northern horizon from Granada. Mulhacen, the highest peak in Western Europe, is less than an hour’s drive away.
It gives visitors to Granada the unique opportunity to ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon, because the sunny Mediterranean beach resort of Motril is just 31 miles to the south. The main resorts of the Costa del Sol are all within range of a day trip from Granada too.
For centuries, Granada was a major Arabic centre, leaving it with an impressive legacy of Moorish architecture.
The highlight of the city is the medieval hilltop palace and fortress known as the Alhambra. First built in the 9th century, it’s a World Heritage Site that has become one of Spain’s most-visited attractions. Wandering among the exotic gardens, shaded courtyards, intricate water features and ornate carvings offers the essential Granada experience.
Further out of town, it’s worth wandering round the Arab Albayzin quarter, where the narrow, winding cobbled streets lead up a hill between whitewashed houses with geranium-filled balconies and trickling fountains. You’ll find it’s an atmospheric district that’s full of little squares with pavement cafés that are perfect for taking a break.
Once the Christians reconquered southern Spain they wasted no time in building their own monuments. Granada’s 16th-century Cathedral of the Incarnation is an imposing structure dating back to the days of the Inquisition. The interior is still glorious though, the giant columns forcing you to look up to heaven. Among the Renaissance treasures on show, you can spot a masterpiece by Spanish painter El Greco.
There are more artistic gems in the city’s two monasteries. Charterhouse has a flamboyant Baroque interior while St Jeronimo is a Renaissance marvel with a memorable towering altarpiece of gilded figurines.
Of course, Granada is a thriving, lively and modern regional centre too. Look out for the contemporary Science Park, an entertaining museum and planetarium to the south of the centre. Nearby, the Forum is a striking circular tower block with a revolving restaurant on top that boasts spectacular views. And the award-winning architecture of the Cultural Museum hints at the busy programme of exhibitions and live performances inside. The gourmet restaurant here is so good it has attracted stars like Mick Jagger and Phil Collins.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.