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Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces through the Senses Private Tour

1. Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces through the Senses Private Tour

Skip the line and jump long queues at the entrance of the monument, so you can start exploring the incredible World Heritage Site straight away. Your exclusive tour has been designed as a sensory experience, to amaze your with the history and art of the city of the Alhambra. Your guides will use audiovisual resources and objects from the era, which help you to recreate and imagine the times of the Nasrid dynasties of the Alhambra. Your guide will show you some of the most special items from the daily life of the Nasrid time in the Alhambra palace, offering you to touch, smell or taste them, revealing the mystery and unique vibes of that era. In addition, you will be able to grasp the essential technical aspects of the construction of the monument through the audiovisual content.

Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Albaicin Tour

2. Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Albaicin Tour

In the morning, you'll visit the Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain and one of the best examples of Islamic art in the world. Millions of visitors admire its palaces, gardens, and walls every year. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site on a combination tour. The Nasrid dynasty complex, built on the Sabika Hill, is the most impressive fortified complex of Muslim Spain and its walls still stand as witnesses to the golden age of Granada. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Albaicín, Granada’s ancient quarter, and certainly at one time the most beautiful. Walk along its narrow, cobbled streets, and admire the flowering balconies and stunning views of the Moorish fortress. Discover mansions built as residences for the Nasrid nobles during the 14th and 15th centuries. You’ll explore both the monumental Alhambra and the secret and charming Albaicín with your expert guide, stopping for a break for lunch in between. On this tour, enjoy a full day full of Spanish history and art.

Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Arabian Bath Full-Day Tour

3. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Arabian Bath Full-Day Tour

Become a sultan of old Andaluz on a sightseeing tour of Alhambra, combined with a visit to a luxurious Arabian spa in the evening. In the morning, explore the history of Granada on a private tour of Alhambra and Generalife. One of the most important structures of the Middle Ages, Alhambra is also one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Learn about the 9th-century palace and fortress, and marvel at its magnificent mix of Moorish and Spanish culture. A hallmark of Granada's Moorish traditions is its use of water, especially in the Arabic baths. Granada's Hammam Al Andalus is a great way to unwind in the evening after a cultural day at Alhambra and Generalife. At Hammam Al Andalus, be welcomed in by the aromatic scent of essential oils. Bathing in the pools of different temperatures is a sure way to be eased into a state of heavenly calm, and if any stress still lingers, treat yourself to an optional massage.

Alhambra & Generalife Tour including Transport & Admission

4. Alhambra & Generalife Tour including Transport & Admission

A walk around the Alhambra Palace, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is a must for every visitor to Granada. It is a work of art that has appeal for many reasons, including its monumental size and historic importance, its attractive and elaborate rooms, and its exquisitely detailed Islamic art. The Alhambra was built as a fortress in 889 and converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Sultan Yusuf I. The Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty. On your 3-hour tour of the Alhambra, you’ll have at your disposal an official tourist guide who has extensive knowledge of Granada’s heritage. Your guide will take you through all sections of the red fortress, and will answer any questions you may have about this spectacular monument. Admire the Alcazaba Fortress, which is the oldest part of the Alhambra complex. In the past it served as a military precinct. The Generalife, situated to the east of the Alhambra , was the sultan’s summer palace. It is surrounded by vast gardens and features elegantly aging moorish architecture.

Alhambra and Granada Day Tour from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria

5. Alhambra and Granada Day Tour from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria

Take this full-day excursion from Roquetas de Mar to explore the most visited site in Spain, the exquisite Alhambra in Granada. Start the morning with a drive through the Sierra Nevada, between the rivers Darro and Genil. Passing through the desert of Tabernas, you'll reach the golden, · cobblestoned city of Granada where you will get some free time to explore it on your own pace. Attractions you will see include the Nasrid Palaces & the Generalife Gardens.  Move on to the monumental Alhambra and get skip-the-line entry to explore the vast complex, constructed during the mid-14th century by the Berber rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus. You will also see the Renaissance palace built by Emperor Charles V inside the Arab stronghold. One of Spain’s most magnificent examples of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra delights with its harmonious blend of Islamic architecture and dreamy gardens. Take a pause for lunch before driving back along the Mediterranean coast, skirting the Sierra Nevada National Park to Roquetas de Mar on the sunny Mediterranean Coast.

Granada Day and Night: Complete Alhambra and Flamenco Show

6. Granada Day and Night: Complete Alhambra and Flamenco Show

Take a day tour allowing you to explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with a skip-the-line, guaranteed access ticket. See thousands of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. With an informative audio guide in hand, you can go at your own pace and follow your own route for a tour that is perfect for you. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology you will see throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in the Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise. At night, you will have the chance to enjoy an exclusive flamenco show. Unique to this part of the world, this traditional gypsy dance mixes and complements with the charm of the city of Granada.

A day in Tetouan (Morocco) from Malaga

7. A day in Tetouan (Morocco) from Malaga

Excursion to Morocco of about 15 hours duration.  With the option of being picked up from Malaga city centre, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona or Gibraltar. Once the trip has started, you will be accompanied by a guide, who will describe the day's programme.  Around 9:00h you will arrive in Algeciras for the 45 minute ferry ride.  Once in Ceuta (around 10:00h), the excursion will begin with a panoramic view of the city of Ceuta. You will go to the border point with your documents ready. In Tetouan you will spend 5 hours with the local guide and you will visit the most iconic streets of the city such as the old Jewish quarter (Mellah) and areas such as Hassan II Square. You will also visit the souk of Tetouan and the Medina of Tetouan (UNESCO World Heritage Site). After lunch you will continue your visit to the commercial area of Tetouan for shopping and to visit the typical Moroccan Berber farmhouse. The guide will indicate the time and place of pick up for the return to Ceuta and at 20:30h we will embark to Algeciras.  Arrival in Algeciras will be around 21:30h. 

Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Traditional Meal

8. Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Traditional Meal

A tour of the Alhambra is a must for every visitor to the city of Granada, to explore the exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the elaborate rooms and the historic position of this spectacular monument all with the help of an official guide.   You will be guided through every part of the Alhambra, starting at the Alcazaba fortress, the most antique area of the monument complex. You will discover the many rooms of the Nasrid Palaces, including the enchanting Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares and the Palace of Leones. Next you will visit the Generalife, the sultan’s summer palace, surrounded by beautifully landscaped Islamic gardens filled with a great variety of vegetation.   After your Alhambra tour, enjoy a meal of fresh seafood in a traditional restaurant. You can taste traditional cuisine, full of flavor and color, and benefit from attentive service. The restaurant offers a varied menu with many fish dishes and seafood paella, among other delicious options. You will even have the opportunity to taste "bartolillo", a traditional desert of delicious pastries filled with cream.

Granada: Entry Ticket to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Night Tour

9. Granada: Entry Ticket to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Night Tour

Live an unforgettable experience in the Alhambra at the hands of an expert guide who will take you on an impressive journey through history, customs, literature, science and the arts, in a place where philosophy was cultivated with passion and where the exuberance of thought and imagination transcended that of the senses. Our tour will depart from the Access Pavilion of the Alhambra at the time indicated in your reservation. "On the top of the hill stands one of the most fascinating palaces ever devised by man's imagination or desired by his heart" (Washington Irving, 1832). We will first visit the Nasrid Palaces: Palacio del Mexuar or meeting room of the Council of Viziers. Then we will continue through the Golden Room and the imposing Comares Facade towards the Patio de los Arrayanes, where the Throne Room (the qubba), a symbol of the earth, and the dome, which is identified with the sky, await us. We will arrive, passing through the Emperor's Rooms, at the heart of the royal palace: the Garden of Happiness or Courtyard of the Lions, with its four rooms, its fountains, its forest of columns and, as its central axis, the Fountain of the Lions, praised by many poets since the fourteenth century. The second part of the tour will take place in the Renaissance Palace of Carlos V. The Emperor ordered the construction of the palace next to the old Royal House (Nasrid Palaces), in order to enjoy its wonders. From here we will do the same route through the Alhambra forest to finish at the same meeting point.

Granada: Private Fast-Track Alhambra and Albaicin Tour

10. Granada: Private Fast-Track Alhambra and Albaicin Tour

Skip the ticket lines to the most visited monument in Spain and discover one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Admire the palaces, gardens, and walls of the Alhambra and hidden Nasrid Palaces in Granada on a 5.5-hour tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built on Sabika Hill for the Nasrid Dynasty, the Alhambra was the most impressive fortified complex of Muslim Spain. Its walls still stand as testimony to the city's golden age. Enter the glorious Albaicín district to explore Granada’s most ancient quarter. Walk along narrow, cobblestone streets and admire balconies of stunning floral displays. Get breathtaking views of the Alhambra and see the mansions built for the Nasrid nobles in the 14th and 15th centuries. Benefit from a lunch break and time to digest an extraordinary period in Spanish history and art.

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What people are saying about Court of the Lions

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4.5 / 5

based on 20,690 reviews

It was perfect excursion organized perfectly by PEPE TOURS. All was on time with very comfortable trip. All provided before the trip was followed 100%, including preliminary coordination by phone and payment requirements.

Great explanation from Antonio. If you visit the Alhambra in this way, you see and hear so much more than without a guide. This guide speaks excellent English and gives you so much information.

I highly recommend this tour, our Guide Mr. Antonio is professional and excellent, there are lots of nice surprises during the tour that will transfer you to the golden age of Alhambra.

Very nice guided visit. The guide maintened our kids interested for more than 3 hours. We learned and saw a lot. The experience was worth it.

It was very good. 3.5 hours private tour, was worth it