Conveniently situated near the main sites of gorgeous Granada, the city’s small train station brings those arriving to the Andalusian heartland close to all the action. The regional train network runs services between Madrid and Granada, taking 4h25mins. High-speed AVE trains offer Madrid to Grenada from 3h55mins. A night train from Barcelona, operated by Trenhotel, is being planned so that passengers arrive at Granada in the morning after a refreshing night’s sleep. Coming from the west, Seville to Granada can be done in 3h15min by rail. However, the station is currently being remodelled, and the rail services running through are being reduced during this period of time. This is all part of adding Granada to the New Rail Access to Andalusia that will connect central Spain to the region. The N1 and N3 buses stop opposite Granada train station and go into the city centre. The Granada Airport bus line (blue colour in contrast to the red urban buses) runs services in time with flight arrivals and departures. There is also a taxi rank outside the station.
Granada is one of the most enviable tourist destinations in Europe, oozing elegance and history but also vibrant, edgy and cool. Visitors arriving at Granada train station who want to see the main attractions can either hop on a bus and get off around the cathedral or they can walk there in about 20 minutes. Next to the epic 16th-century cathedral, which is Spain’s second largest, is the beautiful Gothic and Renaissance-style Capilla Real. The Moorish Plaza Bib-Rambla is just a block to the west and it is a lively epicentre, which serves as an ideal place to enjoy some tapas while soaking up the relaxed continental ambiance.
The city’s oldest square, Plaza Nueva, is just a 4-minute stroll east from the cathedral and marks the beginning of the Albayzín district — a maze of narrow white-washed streets that lead visitors deep into the city’s fascinating history. Without doubt, the most popular and beloved site in Granada is the Alhambra. The palace-fortress is accessible by bus from Plaza Nueva (red minibus C3) or is a 15-minute walk from the square.
This university city has a vibrant nightlife! The streets surrounding Plaza Nueva are some of the busiest for bars and pubs, with Calle Calderia Nueva, nicknamed ‘the street of the tea rooms’, offering a relaxed and distinctly Moroccan vibe. Just minutes after arriving by train, visitors can be soaking up the unique Andalusian ambience. Think flamenco, flamboyance and fun!
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