Emigrating to Granada


Moving to another country is exciting but sometimes also difficult in order to choose which area will be your future living area. On this page we have gathered information about the province of Granada which can be important for making your choice. If you click on the names of regions there is even more information about every village in that area. We have personally visited every of the in total 240 villages the province of Granada has.

Granada is a province in the south of Spain in eastern Andalusia. It covers an area of 12,531 km2. This is roughly as big as Nothern Ireland.  In 2017 the population was approximately 912,938 persons, of whom about 30% lived in the capital, and the average population density was 72.41 / km2. It has 170 municipalities, 240 villages, 48 beaches, hundreds of monuments, national parks, lakes, caves, hot springs, etc.


Demographic characteristics

The “Instituto de Estadística y Cartografía de Andalucía” determines annually the number of inhabitants. Here the figures are taken from the municipal registrations. We looked at the country of birth of the people who were registered in a municipality in the province of Granada in 2017.

The figures show the following: in the province of Granada a total of 77,145 foreigners lived in 2017, which was 8.45% of the population. Of these, 32,155 were European, this was 3.52% of the total population in Granada. The largest groups of foreigners were: Americans (22,043), Africans (18,960), Moroccans (14,688) and Romanians (8,619). The largest groups of Europeans are after the Romanians; English (5,294), Germans (4,344) and French (4,130). At least according to statistics, many Europeans are not registered in the municipality.


The majority of Europeans lived in:

  • Granada city, 4,700 people corresponding to 2.02% of the population. The largest group are the French with 804 people.
  • Almuñécar, 3,947 people corresponding to 14.55% of the population. The largest group is the English with 984 people.
  • Motril 3,289 people representing 5.44% of the population. The largest group are the Romanians with 2,114 people.

However, if we look at the number of foreigners as a percentage of the total number of inhabitants, names of villages that are more remote will appear; especially villages in the Alpujarra.

The high number of Europeans in Jete, Gualchos and Polopos is mainly caused by Romanians working in greenhouse construction.


Regions of the province Granada

The regions in the province of Granada from north to south. Click on the names for more detailed information such as: 1. Location 2. Demographic characteristics 3. Accessibility 4. Climate. 5. Nature. 6. Villages in the region.

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The districts Baza and Huéscar form a sub-region called Altiplano; Loja and a part of Alhama is also known as the Poniente Granadino. There are also subcompartments such as El Marquesado in Guadix, La Contraviesa between the Alpujarra and the coast, the Montes Orientales in Los Montes and El Temple in Alhama.


Accessibility Granada

By train you can reach Granada from Malaga and Madrid. At the moment there are renovations to connect Granada to the high-speed network (AVE).

The road network of Andalusia is good. The big cities are connected to an extensive motorway network and can be reached cheaply by bus.

Granada is connected from west to east with Malaga and Murcia / Almeria via the A92. From north to south, the A44 motorway crosses the province and is connected with Jáen and the coast, Costa Tropical.

Granada has an international airport Federico Garcia Lorca Granada – Jaen, with a limited number of European line services. There are two connections with the UK,  London and Manchester and 10 other destinies.

From Malaga airport (142 km from Granada) there are scheduled flights to almost all Spanish cities and a large number of European and North African cities (in total 109 destinations). Below is an overview of which aerports in the UK and Ireland offer fligths to Malaga: Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradfort, Liverpool,  London, Manchester, New Castle, Shannon, Southend Sen.

Since September 21, 2017, the metro operates in the city of Granada with one line. It has a length of 15.9 km and 26 stations. 83% of the trip goes above ground and 17% underground.


Hospitals in the province of Granada

Most villages have a local doctor’s post where they can go for a doctor’s visit or first aid. An overview of all doctor posts in the province of Granada can be found here. For a referral to a specialist, however, one is dependent on a hospital. There are a total of 5 hospitals in the province. This means that not every region has a hospital. Below an overview of the public hospitals:

Below an overview of the commercial hospitals:


International Schools in the provincie Granada

Unlike the Costa del Sol in Malaga, there are very few international schools in the province of Granada. There is one in Almuñecar (Costa Tropical). Below some information about this school:

Almuñécar International School S.A.
The school building benefits from spacious classrooms supplemented with netbook and tablet benches. The classrooms are flexible workspaces where the students can experience different learning approaches. By combining elements such as: formal work areas, reading rooms, lap time and interactive spaces for group work with modern technology, the school offers a truly effective learning environment.
Address: Avda. Capitan Rodriguez, Urb. Los Pinos, 18690 Almunecar, Granada, Phone: +34 958 63 59 11

For a description of Spanish schools here more information.


Jobs in the province of Granada

The jobs offers are mainly concentrated at the capital Granada and the Costa Tropical during the summer. A handy overview of the websites of the available vacancies in the province of Granada can be found here.


Cost of living in Granada

On the website of the independent organization Numbeo you can compare the cost of living. On this page it is also possible to compare the prices of European cities. Below are some examples.

Comparison prices Granada with Manchester
Consumer Prices in Granada are 19.18% lower than in Manchester
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Granada are 26.05% lower than in Manchester
Rent Prices in Granada are 43.72% lower than in Manchester
Restaurant Prices in Granada are 36.93% lower than in Manchester
Groceries Prices in Granada are 16.39% lower than in Manchester
Local Purchasing Power in Granada is 11.49% lower than in Manchester

You would need around 2,292.47£ (2,578.11€) in Granada to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with 3,100.00£ in Manchester (assuming you rent in both cities).


Comparison prices Granada with Dublin
Consumer Prices in Granada are 27.96% lower than in Dublin
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Granada are 46.11% lower than in Dublin
Rent Prices in Granada are 72.09% lower than in Dublin
Restaurant Prices in Granada are 37.13% lower than in Dublin
Groceries Prices in Granada are 26.22% lower than in Dublin
Local Purchasing Power in Granada is 3.66% lower than in Dublin

You would need around 2,533.04€ in Granada to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with 4,700.00€ in Dublin (assuming you rent in both cities).

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