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From Malaga: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

1. 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

2. 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: Electric Bike Rental for 4 or 8 Hours

3. 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.

Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

4. Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert interpreter of the heritage of the city and fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city's post-Roman districts, including the Moorish suburb of "El Albayzín." Admire the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife, the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir. Next, drive to the center of Granada for lunch (own expense). Then, take a guided walk of the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-filled balconies. Stop to take in the spectacular panoramas over the Alhambra fortress perched on its hill.  Return to Seville at the end of your historical adventure, and get dropped off at your original starting point.

From Seville: Granada and Alhambra Full-Day Tour with Ticket

5. From Seville: Granada and Alhambra Full-Day Tour with Ticket

Depart Seville and travel to the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the palatial complex of the legendary Alhambra complex, enter the former citadel of the Nasrid Dynasty and learn more about Spain during the reign of the Moors. Access amazing areas of the complex, including the beautiful courtyard of the Patio de Los Leones. Admire the architectural details of the Nasrid palace, such as the stucco ceilings and impressive tiles. Stroll around the water features in the gardens, including the pools of the 14th-century Palacio de Generalife. Then, explore the city center of Granada and venture down the narrow streets of the medieval Moorish Albaicin quarter before the return trip to Seville. 

From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

6. From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

Discover the secrets of the Alhambra Palace, the most-visited attraction in Spain. Relax with pickup from different meeting points on the Costa del Sol and in Malaga before making your way to the palace. Along the way, take in the panoramic views of the Sierra de Malaga before you reach the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the Alhambra, visit the palace of Charles V, the Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid palaces and the famous Patio de los Leones. Enjoy free time in the Granada city center, where you can explore the architecture of one of the most magical and emblematic cities in the world. Also take time to enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of the area before returning to the Costa de Sol.

Malaga: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra, Palaces and Gardens

7. Malaga: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra, Palaces and Gardens

Meet your local guide and get ready to discover the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada. It is the most visited monument in Spain. Built during the 13th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the complex, including a visit to the Nasrid Palaces. Admire the elaborate rooms and Moorish architecture and learn about the symbols and techniques used in the monument's construction. Also, discover the sultan’s summer palace to the east of Alhambra. The Generalife is framed by breathtaking scenery and surrounded by a plethora of vegetation and green open space. Then board the bus for the return transfer back to Malaga.

Granada: Full-Day Trip from Seville with Transfers

8. Granada: Full-Day Trip from Seville with Transfers

Enjoy a visit to Granada, a magical Andalusian city with a unique cultural legacy contributed to by a number of civilizations. You’ll travel by air-conditioned minivan from Seville on this 12-hour excursion. Skip the lines waiting to enter the Alhambra, the jewel in the crown of this stunning city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Tour the fortress and palaces of the Alhambra with an official local guide. As you visit the palaces, the splendid rooms, and magnificent gardens you’ll understand why the last Arabic king cried when leaving the Alhambra after being overthrown by the Catholic kings. Enjoy a walk with an official guide in the Generalife Gardens, undoubtedly of the world’s most impressive gardens.  After the tour, you’ll have free time to explore Granada on your own before the return journey to Seville.

From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

9. 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 Full Day with Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens

10. Granada Full Day with Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens

Discover the historical city of Granada, land of the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens on this full-day tour. The Moors built Alhambra in the 13th century. Charles V, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1516, built the court of Charles V in the 16th century. The Generalife gardens are a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Mohammed III in the 14th century. Once you have finished here, enjoy a guided tour to the historical city center to explore the surroundings of the Royal Chapel, the Alcaiceria, Corral del Carbon, the Cathedral and more. You'll also get the chance to wander off and find some traditional tapas. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 998 reviews

The tour went smoothly. Our pick up time was changed from 5:30am to 7:20, a much more civilized time, which made me happy even before we started. Our guide, Petra was personable and spoke both English and Spanish clearly. We walked a total of 5 miles that day, and several people were not able to do this and stayed behind before we got to the Alhambra. What a shame, because the Alhambra is the biggest attraction in Spain. Please only book this tour if you can walk for 3 hours and climb a few stairs. The comfortable bus ride is 3 hours each way with a break half way so you can rest. The Alhambra is totally worth the long ride and walking. We had a guide, Pablo, for the Alhambra who was very knowledgeable and spoke in clear English. I would recommend this tour as long as walking is not a problem for you.

Excellent tour, very well organized, they picked us up at the indicated point on time, the guide explained to us about Granada during the journey in three languages, very professional. In the Alhambra we were divided into groups according to the language we chose and the guide was excellent. Later we had time to tour the center of Granada for more than two hours and the bus returned on time. Highly recommended if you have little time to visit Granada from Malaga.

Loved the Alhambra and appreciated the free time in Granada. Phillipe our tour guide at the Alhambra was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He is an asset to the tour company. Thank you Phillipe for an incredible tour where we experienced the history wonder and beauty of the Alhambra.

It was great, the only comment is that the bus had very weak AC which was suffocating on the way back and the guide showing us the Nasrid palace said misleading historical information & some wronged cultural thoughts which he mentioned was Islamic. Other than that it was perfect.

Great place, beautiful architecture. I highly recommend.