There are two main options for those traveling by train from London St. Pancras to Granada. Passengers can take the Eurostar train to Paris Nord - journey time is approximately 2.5 hours - and then cross to Paris Gare de Lyon Station where they take the TGV Duplex train into Barcelona Sants station. This stage of the journey takes approximately 6.5 hours. Passengers can then either take the overnight trainhotel to Granada or stay overnight in Barcelona. In the morning, AVE operates a high speed train to Antequera-Santa Ana and a local train into Granada, arriving in the city late afternoon.
The capital of the province of Granada in Andalusia, Granada is a beautiful city that has played an important role in Spain's history. It has been occupied for over 2,500 years, from Ibero-Celts, through Greeks and Romans to the Moors. Granada was the last Moorish town to fall to the Reconquistadors - Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. A visit to the hill top Alhambra Palace brings this history alive through archaeological remains, surviving buildings and recreations supported by exhibitions, museums and guided tours. Visitors can also explore the streets of the Albaycin, situated on a hilltop across from the Alhambra. Here, narrow streets wind around Arabic white-washed buildings, pretty gardens and charming courtyards.