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Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

1. 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. 

Alhambra Night Tour: Carlos V Palace, Generalife and Gardens

2. Alhambra Night Tour: Carlos V Palace, Generalife and Gardens

Explore the Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with your official guide. See hundreds 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. Discover the history of this amazing monument under the stars, with special night access.  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 and Nasrid Palaces through the Senses Private Tour

3. 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.

Granada: Alhambra Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

4. Granada: Alhambra Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover the world-famous Alhambra and the Generalife and Nasrid Palaces on a private walking tour with a licensed guide (entry tickets not included). Customize your itinerary to fit your interests. After booking your tickets online for the Alhambra, your expert guide will take you on a historical, cultural, and artistic journey of the renowned ancient complex. Take a relaxing stroll through the Alhambra's age-old walkways as you listen to your guide recount insightful stories and legends about the medieval complex. See the carved Moorish throne room and the impressive cloistered courtyards dotted with fountains along your way. Follow in the footsteps of the sultans and kings who once lived and ruled in these walls, and visit the verdant gardens of the nearby Generalife and the Nasrid (or Partal) Palaces to get a well-rounded experience of the city's history.

Alhambra & Generalife Tour including Transport & Admission

5. 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.

Granada: Alhambra, Generalife & Albaicín Small-Group Tour

6. 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.

Granada: Walking Tour of Alhambra & Albaicin

7. Granada: Walking Tour of Alhambra & Albaicin

Enjoy a walking tour of the Alhambra fort and the historic Albaicin neighborhood. Explore the outstanding historical palace and fort complex of Alhambra in the company of a professional guide. Skip the line to Spain's most visited monument, and discover the history and art in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour includes the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, the palace of Charles V and the Hamman. Pause for lunch, and then join an afternoon tour of the historic Albaicin neighborhood. Your guide will take you on a walk back through the centuries, as you enjoy the viewpoint of San Nicolas, San Miguel Bajo square, and the hillside Sacromonte neighborhood.

Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

8. 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.

From Malaga: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

9. 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. 

Alhambra and Granada Day Tour from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 19,671 reviews

The Alhambra is always busy, but our bus beat the others, making it better for us. You choose between 4 different pickup locations. The tour company contacted us with the exact pickup time the day before. The drive takes about 3 hours, but the bus has comfortable seats for sleeping and big windows for the views. Halfway through the drive, there's a stop for restrooms and breakfast. After the rest stop, the guide gave us info about Spain and the things we were passing. When we arrived at Alhambra, the bus guide gave us clear directions and her contact info, before sending us with a different guide through the complex. Be sure to ask this guide for a brief history of Granada. At the end of the Alhambra tour, we rejoined our bus guide for 1 hour free time in Albaicin and then a 20 minute guided tour of Albaicin, including the viewpoint for the Alhambra. Then we headed back to Seville. The driver gave us info about the 4 drop-off locations (the same as the pickup), so you can choose

This private taxi and private tour was the best! Our driver (Jose) tailored our drive to our interests (lookout point [Placeta de S. Nicolás] and great espresso) and allotted time for us to visit city center. Bring a taxi allowed us to enter otherwise restricted areas. Our tour guide (Jose Francisco)of the Alhambra was extremely knowledgeable (everyone of my many questions was answered) and accommodating to our interests. He allowed some decisions for our itinerary. I take a lot of photos (used 2 batteries) and Jose showed us where to get the best shots. This tour is expensive but worth every penny. It was the highlight of our visit.

We had requested an individual guided tour, with Portuguese as the language. Meeting the guide at the ticket office was easy, the Portuguese of Basque Nacho Jauregui was good and fluent, which made the visit much more pleasant and productive than if we had gone alone.

Plan your trip in advance of travelling, to take out much of the guess work and worry. Trust the professionals!

Un excelente tour y una guía muy profesional y preparada… Altamente recomendable!