Alcaiceria

Alcaiceria: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

1. From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and an essential stop for anyone visiting Granada. If you want to discover all its secrets, its exclusive Nasrid Palaces, and the Generalife Gardens, do not hesitate to book this excursion. You can choose to be picked up from one of the different pick-up points in Costa del Sol or Malaga at the indicated time. Then, enjoy a scenic drive across the mountain range of Málaga to reach the historical city of Granada. Upon arrival, discover the monuments that form the Alhambra. Firstly, take a walk across the Generalife Gardens which holds the Palace of Charles V. With this option, you do not enter the Nasrid Palaces. After this exciting visit, enjoy a panoramic view of the city and then have some free time in Granada town. You can have lunch or walk through the typical streets of the Alcaicería. After, return to Costa del Sol where your tour will end.

Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

2. Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

You will start in Plaza Nueva, admiring one of the constructions that changed the physiognomy of the city the most. You will also astonish yourself with the Real Chancillería, which was the highest court of appeal of the Corona de Castilla. Follow that, admire the Plaza Nueva, the church of Santa Ana, and the Pilar del Toro, each of them being a part of one of the most important places of today’s Granada. You will walk down the Darro riverbed to see the old Al-Funduq (Corral del Carbón), one of the few Muslim buildings of commercial use that are still preserved. Following that, stroll through its streets, visiting the old silk market where thousands of stalls will intoxicate your senses with their colors and smells. Later on you will visit the Madraza, founded by Yusuf I in 1349. You will then proceed to enter inside the Capilla Real, where the Reyes Católicos chose to be buried in order to leave a permanent reminder of the hard work they had to do to win this city back. Towards the latter end of your tour you will visit the cathedral, which began to be built by Emperor Charles V.

Granada: Essential Must-Do Walking Tour

3. Granada: Essential Must-Do Walking Tour

Embark on a historical tour of Granada and learn how this beautiful city transformed from the Islamic period to the Christian period. The walking tour takes you through the streets of the historical city center to discover the town before and after the Islamic conquest. Start in the heart of the city, beside the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Later the tour enters the heart of the Albaycín, which is full of tea shops, churches, narrow streets, monuments, and many secrets. Your expert guide will describe the important historical facts of Granada, covering the Catholic Monarchs, Charles V, The Alhambra, the Moorish tragedy, the urban and water infrastructure, and The Cármenes of Granada.

Granada: Mysterious Walking Tour

4. Granada: Mysterious Walking Tour

Granada is a city marked by the supernatural and a history of terrible crimes. Hear about the religious crimes committed in the Old Council building of Granada and the pub El Granero Find out how the people of Granada were led to cannibalism during the Middle Ages and where paranormal activity manifests itself in Granada.  See Bib‐Rambla Square where witches were burned at the stake and the Albyzin where pagan rituals took place. The itinerary is based on the research of the compilations of books: Haunted Houses by Rafael Casares and Black Chronicle of Granada by Cesar Giron. 

Granada: Royal Chapel and Historical Center Walking Tour

5. Granada: Royal Chapel and Historical Center Walking Tour

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the most important historical sites of the city of Granada accompanied by an experienced guide. Start your tour in Plaza Bib-Rambla, a square which used to be the entrance to the city. Here you’ll see where the “Gate of Ears” used to stand and learn the story behind this name.   The next point on your tour is the Alcaicería, an Arabian marketplace full of narrow and winding walkways. Pick up some souvenirs, or just marvel at the vast variety of goods available, including gorgeous silks and fragrant spices.   Continuing on, your next stop will be the highlight of your day: the Royal Chapel, where the marble tombs of historical royals are located. Here lie Isabella and Ferdinand, alongside their daughter Joanna I and son-in-law Phillip the Handsome.   Finally, head to the historic center of town to see La Madraza, the first Islamic university of Granada. Built in the 14th century, this splendid work of architecture is still part of the city’s University.

Granada: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Panoramic City Views

6. Granada: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Panoramic City Views

Explore the streets of Granada with a local guide and discover the beautiful sights of the historic city center and Albaicin area. Visit the best viewpoint for panoramic views of the city and the iconic Alhambra. Learn about the city's history and hear interesting local legends as you wander the cobbled streets and take in its incredible diverse architecture. Visit the main sights of the city center such as the Bib Rambla Square, and the streets of the Alcaiceria, the old silk market. See the magnificent architecture of the Cathedral, one of the most important buildings of the Spanish Renaissance.  Walk around the city's medieval past in the Albaicin neighborhood, the old Arab quarter of Granada, and see Paseo de los Tristes, Placeta de la Victoria, Carvajales viewpoint. The neighborhood was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 due to its particular character. Visit the viewpoint Mirador of San Nicolas, the most iconic viewpoint in Granada, a spectacular view of the Alhambra, the Generalife, the city at its feet, and the magnificent Sierra Nevada right behind. Throughout this tour, you will discover the diverse architecture of Granada, the vast influence of the Muslim empire, and the immense display of the Christian art established after the Catholic Monarchs took over the city. You will also learn about the history and mysteries of Granada, telling tales of local cult legends of its hidden corners. 

Granada: Private UNESCO-Heritage Albaicin Walking Tour

7. Granada: Private UNESCO-Heritage Albaicin Walking Tour

Take an unforgettable walk through the knotted streets of the oldest city quarter of Granada, Albaicin. Feel the spirit of the past and find out about the medieval Moorish influence in the local architecture, cuisine, and culture. The Albaicin quarter was inhabited by the peasants of the last Moorish kingdom in western Europe. Learn about their strict daily routine of trade, hygiene, praying, and education, and the high level of development all of these aspects achieved during your tour. After meeting with your tour guide, your tour will begin by exploring Plaza de San Nicolas. This most popular look-out point of the city offers splendid views over the biggest tourist attraction of the city, the Alhambra. After spending 10 minutes taking in this captivating view, your tour will move on. The second site visited on your tour will be Dar al-Horra. This 14th-century Moorish palace is a hidden gem of your tour, and you will be given 25 minutes to explore its features. You will then stop at El Banuelo, which is one of the oldest monuments in the entire city, and was formerly a bathhouse. Following this, you will advance towards Alcaiceria, which is a medieval Moorish market place. Following the market place, stop off at Corral del Carbon, which is a 14th-century hotel. Towards the end of your tour, you will visit Casa de Zafra, which is a charismatic 14th-century Moorish house. After spending 25 minutes at this location, you will travel to the city center which will mark the conclusion of your tour.

Granada: City Center Private Tour

8. Granada: City Center Private Tour

Explore Granada and discover one of Spain's greatest and most historical cities full of cultural richness. Learn surprising anecdotes and incredible stories about its history and discover magnificent buildings of the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Get to know the most recommended tourist and cultural location in Andalusia on a private tour with an official guide, full of expertise in the history of this incredible city. Locate yourself in this beautiful city, get to know the best places, and receive useful recommendations during your visit.

Private Tour in Granada

9. Private Tour in Granada

On this tour, have an official tour guide who can show you the highlights of Granada. The tour will start at Plaza Bib-Rambla, next to the big fountain. Once there, your guide, who will have an orange umbrella, will take you to the most important monuments in the city. The first stop is the Alcaicería, an old souk from the Arabic era in Granada. It will then be time to visit the city's cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Wander into one of the most famous neighborhoods in Granada, Albaycin. Your guide will show you the narrow streets, typical of the neighborhood, and visit a famous viewpoint to see the Alhambra in a unique way. After this panoramic private tour, you will have seen and got to know the heart and culture of Granada.

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What people are saying about Alcaiceria

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 273 reviews

Stephanie is an excellent guide! Five other in a party registered for the tour never showed up and she tried to call them several times. Nevertheless, she gave Said, from Turkey and myself, a delightfully informative tour of everything, including the Mosque, Royal Chapel and Cathedral. For any American who’s taken a Western Civilization class, this is a must while in Granada! I highly recommend it and Stephanie to you! It was especially poignant during Holy Week for Christians…a bonus! Don (70 and counting and still traveling solo across Europe as in college but at a little more relaxed pace) from Atlanta, GA.

our guide, M. Jesus, has been wonderful. He has informed and advised us correctly. very good and enjoyable experience, despite the three hours.

A very detailed tour that left us very impressed. Warmly Recommended ! A speciale thanks to our guide Javi and her food places recommendation!

Julio was a fantastic guide. A deepest knowledge about cathedral and related history.

The tour was very informative and interesting. Strongly recommended.