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

1. 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: Royal Chapel and Historical Center Walking Tour

2. 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: 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.

Private Tour in Granada

4. 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.

Granada: Mysterious Walking Tour

5. 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: City Center Private Tour

6. 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.

Granada: Alhambra Tour for Chinese Speakers

7. Granada: Alhambra Tour for Chinese Speakers

Dare to discover the Alhambra as you never imagined with the full site at your fingertips. Waste no time waiting in line with your skip-the-line entrance, and enjoy access to the entire UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside, explore the enclosure with an official, Chinese-speaking guide who will explain everything in Chinese. Find out about the history of the Alhambra and its palaces, and marvel at the beauty of its gardens, the Alcazaba, the Generalife, and the Nasrid Palaces.

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What people are saying about Alcaiceria

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 193 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.

The visit has been fantastic and very interesting, but the best thing has been the kindness, friendliness and professionalism of our guide Maria Jesús Buitrago, many thanks to her for making our visit a wonderful memory.

Jorge was a fantastisch guide, very fluent in languages, nice and he and knew everything about the history of the buildings and his city. Top!

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

A very interesting Tour and the exceptional guide Jorge