Granada, in southern Spain's Andalusia province, is an enchanting mix of Moorish palaces, sunny beaches, and secret caves. Deserts and forests come together against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, beautiful and majestic. The monuments are compelling and abundant. Among them are the Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación and the Royal Chapel within it, the final resting place of the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella.
Holidaymakers will have their first experience of Granada at Vega del Genil where the Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport is located. The airport is named after the Spanish poet and dramatist known for Primer romancero gitano (Gypsy Ballads) and Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding). Lorca was unfortunately killed at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. A bus service timed with flight arrivals ferries passengers to the city, a 45-minute drive away.
Granada flights can be had with Iberia, which offers spacious seats, gourmet dishes, and designer products. The latest films, computer games, and video and audio on demand are part of the entertainment package. There’s even a camera affixed on the tail rudder of some Iberia planes, allowing travellers a view of their flight from take-off to touchdown. Customers can be assured of the quality of Iberia’s service, since it is part of the Dow Jones Stoxx index, which “recognises companies with the best economic, social, and environmental practices” worldwide.
From East Midlands, Liverpool, and London Stansted, Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair, provides cheap flights to Granada. It guarantees the cheapest prices of all airlines, and even pioneered the “free seat giveaway” promotion, gifting one million passengers with complimentary tickets in May 2007. Ryanair prioritises safety, and no incidents “involving major injury” of anyone on their planes have occurred.