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Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces

1. Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Journey back to the days of the Moors in Spain on a guided tour of the Alhambra. Enter the vast complex and hear about its great influence and importance in the history of Spain. Learn about the architectural styles that were used, with Christianity and Islam both having an influence. Marvel at the beautiful Gate of Pomegranates, then walk past the Pillar of Charles V fountain, erected in 1554 along the route that leads to the main entrance of the Alhambra. Explore the Alcazaba fortress, formerly a military precinct and the oldest area of the Alhambra complex. You will also visit the Nasrid Palaces including the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Court of the Lions. Finally head to the Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid Emirs, home to one of the oldest surviving gardens of the Moors. Admire the different courtyards with their long pools framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades, and pavilions.

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Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

2. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Get a taste of medieval Granada with an unforgettable guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife grounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax knowing your ticket to the palatial city includes entry to the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress, and Generalife grounds. Best of all, choose a small-group or private guided experience, depending on your preference.  Your expert local guide will collect you from just outside the complex, ensuring that you access the Alhambra grounds via a separate group entrance. You will also enjoy separate group access with your guide when entering the Generalife Palace.  Take in the tranquility of the Emirs’ old summer palace at the Generalife, including a beautiful rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. Hear all about the history of the city of Granada and the Alhambra in this tranquil setting.  Your guide will take you into the Nasrid Palaces, the old Moorish palaces, where you can get up close to the iconic Islamic decorative details. Enjoy the colorful geometric tiling and various courtyard water features, including the famous Patio de los Leones. Architecture and art fans will enjoy the iconic Islamic and Mudéjar styles in the grounds. Visit the Alcazaba with your guide to see the royal fortress, so strong it was used for many centuries after its construction. Climb the steps of the Watch Tower here to get unrivaled views of the city of Granada below you, including the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods. Roam the free areas of the complex at the end of the tour, whether you want to take in more of the beautiful gardens or visit other features such as the Palace of Carlos V, a Renaissance palace dating from the 16th century. Enjoy breathtaking views of the old Arabic Quarter of Granada, the Albaicín, from numerous viewing points in the Moorish palace complex.

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Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

3. Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

Journey back to the days of the Moors in Spain on a guided tour of the Alhambra. Enter the vast complex and hear about its great influence and importance in the history of Spain. Learn about the architectural styles that were used, with Christianity and Islam both having an influence. Marvel at the beautiful Gate of Pomegranates, then walk past the Pillar of Charles V fountain, erected in 1554 along the route that leads to the main entrance of the Alhambra. Explore the Alcazaba fortress, formerly a military precinct and the oldest area of the Alhambra complex. You will also visit the Nasrid Palaces including the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Palace of Leones. Finally head to the Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid Emirs, home to one of the oldest surviving gardens of the Moors. Admire the different courtyards with their long pools framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades, and pavilions.

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Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces

4. 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.

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Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

5. Alhambra: Tour without Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

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.

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Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

6. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

Uncover the beauty of the millenary city, Granada, with the help of a local guide on a bilingual tour in Spanish and English.  Visit some of the most emblematic monuments including the Alhambra – the palatial home of the ancient Arabic royalty. A monumental sight, the complex incorporates El Generalife, the summer residence of the sultans, the Nasrid palaces and La Alcazaba, which served as the military zone of the citadel. While absorbing the architecture your designated guide will fill you in on the intricate history of this legendary location. Proceed down into the heart of the city, via the Puerta de la Justicia, the arched gateway that was built in the 14th century. 

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Granada: Alhambra, Generalife & Albaicín Small-Group Tour

7. Granada: Alhambra, Generalife & Albaicín Small-Group 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 Word 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. Enjoy a full day full of Spanish history and art.

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Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Arabian Bath Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

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Granada: Electric Bike Rental for 4 or 8 Hours

9. Granada: Electric Bike Rental for 4 or 8 Hours

Rent an electric bike and discover Granada's neighborhoods at your own pace. Choose from a 2-hour or 4-hour rental, providing you with plenty of time to explore what appeals to you most. With your electric bike, ride up and down the hilly streets of Granada with ease. Ride to Albayzín, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore its narrow winding streets. Then visit Sacromonte, the charming tumbledown neighborhood that's built over caves on the hills of Valparaiso. You may also choose to visit Generalife, the Alhambra, and Granada Cathedral. It's up to you! The electric bike is yours for 2 or 4 fun hours, so you can choose what you want to see in Granada.

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Granada City Train 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

10. Granada City Train 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Discover Granada at your own pace with a full-day ticket to the exclusive hop-on hop-off train. Specially designed to navigate the narrow streets of the Albaicín, the train features a panoramic roof, open deck in summer, and on board audio guides in 12 languages, available at an extra cost (with 2 special kids channels in Spanish and English). You can hop on and off at any of the stops to experience the essence of the city, from the monumental Alhambra to the atmospheric Albaicín. Explore the Realejo district, stop for a coffee in Plaza Neuva, get city views from the Mirador de San Nicolas, and much more. Get on and off the train as often as you want for as long as your ticket is valid, and discover the city's most important sites. The Alhambra Route runs during the day, while the City Center Route is an evening train that takes in Granada’s great nighttime atmosphere. Alhambra Route (Green Line): trains run every 30-45 minutes • Alhambra a. Alhambra Generalife/Taquillas b. Alhambra Palacios Nazaríes/Puerta Justícia • Cuesta Gomérez • Plaza Nueva/Office Granada City Tour • Paseo de los Tristes • Mirador de San Cristóbal/Albaicín • Monasterio de la Cartuja • Plaza de Toros • Catedral/Plaza Romanilla • Calle Alhóndiga/Recogida • Plaza Mariana Pineda/El Corte Inglés • Calle Molinos/Campo del Príncipe • Hotel Alhambra Palace/Carmen de los Mártires City Center Route (Red Line): trains run every 30-60 minutes, depending on the time of year • Plaza Nueva/Oficina Granada City Tour • Paseo de los Tristes • Mirador de San Cristóbal/Albaicín • Monasterio de la Cartuja • Plaza de Toros • Catedral/Plaza de la Romanilla • Calle Alhóndiga/Recogidas • Plaza Mariana Pineda/El Corte Inglés

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What people are saying about Generalife

El tour fue increíble, detallado y extenso con una guía apasionada y muy conocedor, además de muy amable y consciente del bienestar del grupo. Yo recomendaría a cualquier persona interesada en el mismo tour que dedica unas horas para leer un libro en el tema del Alhambra, antes del recorrido en persona, para que pueda conseguir un poco de conocimiento de la historia y contexto del lugar y la ciudad de Granada más ampliamente. Por lo menos como un inglés me costaba mucho seguir el hilo de la historia con todas sus bellezas y fascinantes detalles.

No lie, Alhrambra is can't miss. We even popped a tire on the way back and it was still 100% worth the hassle. Anna was a wonderful guide. The tour was paced well and packed with interesting facts.

The tour was extremely helpful in knowing the history of the Alhambra and the purpose of each area and it’s significance. My kids also enjoyed it. Highly recommend this tour!

Carmen, our guide, was amazing!! Love her style of sharing and was really a smooth tour!

Leticia is an excelant guide. Very dedicated and renthusiastic to what she is doing