Granada: Birthplace of Flamenco and Capital of the Tapa

Granada is renowned as one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it offers beautiful views and a vibrant, friendly and lively metropolis that is full of rich cultural heritage. From The Alhambra, the historic flagship of the city and hallmark of Islamic Andalusian history, to the flamenco cuevas, to the lush Generalife Gardens, there are many ways to explore Granada’s rich culture and beauty while at EMEC.

Host Venue: Palacio de Congresos

One of the main conference centers in Spain, the Palacio de Congresos in Granada is a remarkable modern venue, boasting unique architecture, and, since established in 1992, has hosted more than 6,000 events.

The main hall at the center of the building can accommodate 2,000 people. The most visual characteristic of the building is its coating of green marble, Quetzal. This color was chosen to represent how the building is a “jewel” of the city while incorporating one of the colors of the Grenadian flag. Rooms are staggered at different levels embracing an interior vertical design. Maple wood was used in the construction of rooms making the space more acoustic and warm. To learn more about the Palacio de Congresos, visit

Pre and Post Tours

Enjoy beautiful views, relaxing spa experiences and unforgettable skiing in the Sierra Nevadas before or after EMEC convenes.  Learn more about pre and post tours here!


Iberia Airlines, the preferred Air Carrier for EMEC, grants a 10% discount to Congress attendees.
To receive the discount, please click the Iberia logo or directly go to

Once you’ve selected your round trip fare, click “I Have Promotional Code” and include the discount code EMEC2017 (in capital letters) keeping in mind that journeys are valid 5 days before up to 5 days after the schedule event.

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You have two airport options to consider when booking your EMEC 2017 flights.

Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport,

Also known as Granada Airport, this is the most convenient option in terms of location. It is a small airport with only several flights in and out each day, most of which connect through Madrid (with Iberia) or Barcelona (with Vueling). If you’re coming in from outside Spain, it is unlikely you will be able to fly direct to Granada.

Airport code: GRX

Transfer Options

National Express ALSA provide an airport shuttle. Departures from Granada Airport to Granada city take place approximately 20 minutes after the arrival of each flight. Stops include Puerta Real Cortes Ingles (for Hotel Carmen and Hotel Melia) and Palacio Congresos (for Hotel Saray and Hotel Andalucia Center). The journey will take approximately 45 minutes.

The cost is €2.90 per journey and you can purchase a ticket on board the bus, at ALSA sales desks, or through the ALSA website. Taxis are also available and the approximate fare to Granada city is € 25-30. We recommend you book in advance to avoid waiting:

  • Car (up to 4 people): € 28
  • Minivan (up to 7 people): € 35
  • To book, please contact Jose Antonio Salguero Martín at Transfers H. Lux by email or phone +34 617 375 319

If you wish to rent a car at Granada Airport to use during your stay, please visit the Granada Airport website for a list of Car Rental companies.

Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport

Also known as Pablo Picasso Airport, this is the most convenient option in terms of available flights. It is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid–Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. However, the airport is 139 km / 86 miles from Granada.

Airport code: AGP

Transfer Options

National Express ALSA provide an airport shuttle. There are seven daily scheduled departures from Malaga Airport direct to Granada city (08:30 / 10:45 / 11:00 / 11:30 / 16:00 / 18:30 / 20:45; check website to reconfirm). The journey time to Granada is approximately 2.25-2.5 hours. The drop off location is Granada Bus Terminal (Estación de Autobuses de Granada) located at Avenida de Juan Pablo II, s/n, 18014 Granada. The EMEC hotels are approximately 12-15 minutes away by taxi.

The cost is either €11.43 or €13.72 depending on the specific time/route selected. You can purchase a ticket on board the bus, at ALSA sales desks, or through the ALSA website.

If you wish to rent a car at Málaga Airport and drive to Granada, please visit the Málaga Airport website for a list of Car Rental companies.


All participants will need a passport to enter Spain. If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter Spain for tourist visits for up to three months.

Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa. Please contact your travel agent or the nearest Spanish diplomatic post for further information.

For more information, visit the Spanish Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation website.