Granada, Spain Viewing points

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Alhambra: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, and Gardens Guided Tour

1. Alhambra: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, and Gardens Guided Tour

Get a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Alhambra, Nasrid Palace, Alcazaba, and Generalife Gardens. Hear all about the history and culture of Granada from your guide. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to join this walking tour around Granada. First, skip-the-line at the Alhambra and admire the medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation.  Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of Granada's Nasrid emirs. Continue to the Alcazaba, a fortress, one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, and explore the stunning Vermilion Towers (Torres Bermejas).  Immerse yourself in the Alcazaba, which is a symbol of Malaga. Make sure you take a photo a the top of the cliff, as you will capture the view of the bullring, port, Cathedral, and city from the top. Next up, visit the Nasrid Palace and enjoy a skip-the-line ticket. See the Moorish-style courtyards, reception halls, and royal quarters are at the heart of the Alhambra.  Listen as your guide tells you all about the antique wooden ceilings, brightly colored tiles, and history of this beautiful mansion built for the Spanish Muslim rulers.  Lastly, visit the Generalife Gardens, which used to be a leisure place for the kings of Granada to get away from the official affairs of the palace. End the day on a high and relax and chill in the gardens. Admire the magnificent architecture, fascinating decorations, gardens, fountains, and courtyards.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

2. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Avoid ticket lines with fast-track entry and discover the impressive architectural feat of Nasrid rulers, the Alhambra. At your own pace, meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra, filled with fountains, hanging plants, and paved pathways. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel at the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

3. From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alhambra monument, including a visit to the Nazari Palaces. Depart from Malaga and head to Granada and experience the lively city, without worrying about tickets or transfers. After seeing the palace, explore the Generalife Gardens with a guide. Get picked up from Malaga with a comfortable bus transfer and find yourself in the beautiful city of Granada. Once there, explore the world-famous Alhambra Palace, with priority access and no waiting in line. Admire the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, and Charles V Palace with a guide, and be amazed by the innovative water features and architecture of the gardens. As you walk, learn the unique history of the last outpost of Muslim Spain. Afterward, stroll through the historic city center of Granada and take in the breathtaking views of the Granada region. Enjoy some free time in the city center to visit the cathedral, have lunch at a local restaurant or simply stroll through the streets and squares. Take a break in one of Granada's famous tapas bars before getting back on the bus for the return trip to Malaga.

From Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín Full-Day Tour

4. From Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín Full-Day Tour

Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert in the history of the fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city's districts, including the Moorish suburb of "El Albayzín". Admire the beauty of the Generalife, home to the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir. Next, drive to the center of Granada to enjoy free time for lunch. Then, take a guided walk in the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-filled balconies. Stop to take in the spectacular panoramas of the Alhambra fortress perched on the neighboring hilltop. Return to Seville at the end of your historical adventure, and be dropped off at your original starting point.

Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces

5. Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces

Explore the Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens on a guided tour. See hundreds of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. Start the tour by discovering the Alcazaba complex built in the 13th-century. Find out about how the Nasrids added large towers and a street with an important access route through Puerta de las Armas. Discover how the fortification of the entire perimeter wall of the Alhambra was built. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture. Then, head to the Generalife, composed of the Lower Gardens, the Generalife Palace, and the High Gardens located outside the walls of the Alhambra. Learn about how this area was a recreational estate for the Nasrid sultans. Hear about the significance of water in this complex, and explore the beautiful and peaceful gardens.

From Malaga: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

6. From Malaga: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Immerse yourself in the history of the Alhambra on this this day trip from Malaga. Explore one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world with a guide. Visit the Nasrid Palaces of Granada and the Palace of Charles V.  Be picked up from the meeting point in Malaga. Sit back and relax on the scenic countryside drive to Granada. Enter the Alhambra complex and let the city views of Granada take your breath away.   See the intricate details, fountains, and frescos in the Nasrid Palaces. Wander through the reception halls and royal quarters in the palace. Explore the main fortification, the Alcazaba. Climb the Torre de la Vela watchtower.  Enter the Palace of Charles V and see the artwork and artifacts housed within this Renaissance-era building. Finally, wander through the tranquil gardens of the Generalife estate and hear the sounds of running water from the fountains. Return to Malaga at the end of your tour. 

Cities of Andalusia 4-Day Tour from Madrid

7. Cities of Andalusia 4-Day Tour from Madrid

Learn the history of some of the most beautiful cities in Spain on a 4-day tour of Andalusia, stopping at the former imperial city of Toledo en route back to Madrid. Visit the former Roman capital of Hispania Ulterior on the streets of Cordoba, take in the majesty of Seville, with its Gothic cathedral - the largest in the world - and discover the magnificence of the Alhambra palaces and gardens in Granada. Day 1: (Monday) Madrid - Cordoba - Seville Meet your guide at the bus terminal on Calle Ferraz Madrid at 08:00, and drive through La Mancha to Cordoba. Relax on board the air-conditioned coach as you travel across the arid but fertile plateau of central Spain. Upon arrival in Cordoba, take a sightseeing tour of the historic city center, former capital of Hispania Ulterior during the Roman Republic. Discover the confluence of civilizations in Europe’s 2nd oldest Old Town, such as the Mosque-Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Go to the Jewish Quarter to explore the irregular streets. Then transfer to Seville for dinner and your overnight accommodation. Day 2: (Tuesday) Seville Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Seville, and see iconic attractions including the green oasis of Maria Luisa Park on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Marvel at the mosaic tiles of Plaza de España. Admire the ornate exterior of the vast cathedral and its neighborhing bell tower. The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Seville Cathedral boasts no fewer than 15 doors on its 4 façades. Explore the former Jewish Quarter of the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Then, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. Day 3 (Wednesday) Seville -Granada Depart Seville after breakfast for a day tour of Granada. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to the Alhambra palace and gardens complex. Explore the beautiful Nazari palaces of the former fortress, built on the site of a small castle in the mid-11th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar. Learn the history of the complex, including its conversion into a royal palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada, Yusuf I. Go to the Generalife gardens of a 14th-century villa on the summit of Monte Mauror. Optional evening activities include a visit to the caves of Sacromonte and the chance to watch a traditional flamenco show. Day 4 (Thursday) Granada - Toledo - Madrid Depart Granada after breakfast for the return transfer to Madrid, stopping en route at Toledo. One of the most beautiful cities in Spain, the former imperial city is a labyrinth of narrow streets and known for its historical co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Discover Mudejar style city gates, and medieval castles with impressive ramparts. Admire the rich stucco work of the Jewish Quarter, see the regal façade of the Alcázar, and more.

From Torremolinos: Alhambra and Centre of Granada Full-Day Tour with Nasrid Palaces

8. From Torremolinos: Alhambra and Centre of Granada Full-Day Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Visit the city of Granada and one of the most important and historical sites in Europe on this day trip from Torremolinos. Travel in a comfortable bus driven by a professional and friendly driver. First stop is the Alhambra Palace, the most visited monument in Spain. It was built during the 13th century and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Enjoy a complete guided tour of the extensive complex, including the beautiful Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Gardens. You will then be taken to Granada's city center, where you will have free time to visit the Cathedral and explore the picturesque streets and plazas of this vibrant town. At the end of the day, you will board the bus to take you back to Torremolinos.

Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces with Transfer - Non-Refundable

9. Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces with Transfer - Non-Refundable

Explore the Alhambra fortress, the only remaining fortress complex from Granada's Islamic Period. Visit the lavish Generalife Gardens, the Grand Palace of Charles V, and the impressive Alcazaba. Join your guide and make your way into the fortress with a skip-the-line, guaranteed-access ticket. See hundreds of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site. Marvel at panoramic views of Granada and listen as your guide explains the origins and development of this world-famous monument. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most-visited attractions in the world. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology, seen throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces with Transfer

10. Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces with Transfer

Complete your visit to Granada with a tour of the Alhambra, the only remaining fortress complex from the city’s Islamic period. Step into Andalusian history on a guided tour of the fortress and see the Generalife Gardens. After pickup from your hotel, uncover the origins and development of this world-famous monument with your tour guide. Learn about the Nasrid kingdom, the rulers that inhabited the complex, and hear the history behind every turn from your guide. Marvel at the fusion of Islamic and Spanish influences that define Andalusian art and culture. Look outside and admire panoramic views of Granada from the fortress. Then, step into the Generalife Gardens, one of the oldest existing Moorish gardens today.   Your ticket includes return transportation from your hotel in Granada, as well as access to all the different venues of the attraction except the Nasrid Palaces.

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Worth every single penny to reserve this private tour! Maria Jesus was a fantastic host! She was knowledgeable, passionate, entertaining, and totally got our humour. I plan to return with my family and would definitely request to book with Maria again. As for Alhambra, it is 100% not to be missed! One must see this spectacular palace if you are anywhere remotely close to Granada. Maria Jesus, thank you for the wonderful, personal experience as well as the perfect restaurant and drinks recommendations. You made our Granada experience!!

I was lucky enough to have the tour guide all to myself. Maria was very knowledgeable and made sure to take her time in areas that required special attention. I will say that it was a bit chaotic at the meeting area so I would suggest arriving at least 15 mins prior to the start of the tour.

Wonderful! Borjas was a great and kind guide. He was knowledgeable and entertaining, and worked out great solutions for our mom on a walker. Our only advice would be to have the tour meet earlier than the beginning of our allotted the time in the first palace.

It was a great experience for me and my family. The motor coaches were comfortable. The side excursions were very nice. A lot of walking on uneven surfaces. Wear good and comfortable shoes are.

Really enjoyed going off the beaten track with our guide on Thursday morning. insightful, local knowledge -really interesting