Nowhere in Spain is the Moorish heritage of the region as evident and ubiquitous as in Granada. The medieval Muslim invaders left behind a lasting homage to life itself, which they felt was enriched by learning and by experiencing every kind of pleasure to its fullest. This philosophy contradicted heavily with the pious and almost dreadful perspective on life as a probationary preparation for death held by other Europeans. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Granada has to offer so you can take full advantage of this lively city. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a Granada car hire to make your money go further, with convenient pick up locations at the Granada Airport.
Granada began life as an Iberian settlement in the Albayzín district. Muslim forces, with the aid of the Jewish community, conquered the city from the Visigoths in 711. Granada experienced the zenith of its economic, social, and artistic splendor in the 14th century, under emirs Yusuf I and Mohammed V. In 1492, after years of internal political strife, Christian armies under the command of Catholic Monarchs Isabel and Fernando took over the city, officially completing the recapture of Al-Andalus, Moorish Spain. This is widely regarded as one of the most important events which paved the way for subsequent years of Spanish domination throughout the world, epitomized by their discovery and exploitation of the New World.
Granada has much to offer visitors. The town is world renowned for its Spanish-Muslim art and features mostly bourgeoisie architecture reminiscent of the city's golden age. The most famous and recognizable of these is the Alhambra, a 14th century palace-city constructed by the emirs of that time. Inside the palace is one of the more impressive sights of Europe, a system of extravagantly ornate palaces and irrigated gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the focus of countless legends and fantasies. The General Life, a garden area attached to the Alhambra, served as a place of recreation and peace for the Granadan Muslim kings. You too can follow in their footsteps and discover the charm and allure of the lush gardens.
Take advantage of your Granada car rental
With your HAPPYCAR rental car you can enjoy the many sights and sounds of Granada and its surroundings at your own leisure. The city has much more to offer than first meets the eye. You can take a lovely tour through the historical city center, famous for its extensive Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultural heritage. You can park your car and walk through Albaicín, a medieval Moorish neighborhood comprised of a maze of winding alleys filled with Arab shops, restaurants, and tea houses. Close by you will find the cathedral with the gem of the Capilla Real attached to it. The cathedral serves as the final resting place of the Catholic monarchs who ended Moorish rule in Spain. Additionally, you can enjoy a pleasant visit to the Archaeological Museum, experience the pleasure of a traditional Moorish bath, and experience the spectacular La Cartuja monastery.
With your HAPPYCAR rental, you can take the 1.5 hour drive southwest to the city of Malaga. The hometown of Pablo Picasso, this seaside city offers stunning beaches, great cafes and restaurants, scenic hiking paths, as well as great historical sites and museums.
A further two hours northwest will bring you to Seville, the most passionate city of Spain. The home of flamenco dancing and tapas, the city is the perfect destination for travellers seeking a friendly people with a love for the finer pleasures in life.
Book now with HAPPYCAR and take full advantage of the flexibility and freedom your car rental Granada grants you. Our quick and hassle free service provides you with a great springboard into your adventures. The HAPPYCAR team wishes you a pleasant journey!