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Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

1. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

Granada: Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

2. Granada: Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Experience the Alhambra, the most important and captivating monument in Muslim Spain and one of the most-visited attractions in Spain. The Alhambra shows the heritage of the Nasrid dynasty, which you can discover as you explore the Alcazaba, the Comares Palace, and the Generalife gardens. Take the opportunity to visit the Alhambra accompanied by an official private guide who will explain the secrets, stories, and artistic details of the complex. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to begin this walking tour. The tour will start by visiting the walled citadel, the first vestiges before it became the seat of the Nasrid emirs of Granada. Continue until reaching the Alcazaba, the oldest area of the Alhambra and military area. Discover the impressive Torres Bermejas and take a photo at the top of the Torre de la Vela, where you can capture the best views of the Albaicín neighborhood. Visit the heart of the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces. Moorish-style patios, and the royal quarter. Your guide will reveal all the history and legends of how opulent palaces were built for Islamic rulers. To end the visit, enjoy the Generalife Gardens, the resting place of the kings of the city. Take in its architecture, decorations, and gardens.

Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

3. Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

Immerse yourself in Spanish tradition with an exciting flamenco show in Granada. Enjoy reserved seating with excellent views of the performance and choose to indulge with an Iberian assortment of ham and chorizo and a glass of wine. Enjoy a magical Flamenco show perfect for the whole family performed at a venue in the center of Granada. Sip on a glass of tasty Spanish wine paired with traditional Spanish snacks if you choose this option. Benefit from a reserved seating area and a large selection of local wines (available to purchase). Feel the passion vibrating off the dancers’ bodies and get ready to spend a perfect cultural night seeing in person a professional flamenco show, a tradition whose popularity started to grow in the 18th century.

Granada: Alhambra Gardens and Generalife Fast-Track Entry

4. Granada: Alhambra Gardens and Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Avoid ticket lines with fast-track entry and discover the impressive Alhambra Gardens at your own pace. Meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra, filled with fountains, hanging plants, and paved pathways. Entry to the Nasrid Palaces is not included with this ticket. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel in the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces & Gardens

5. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces & Gardens

Get a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Alhambra, Nasrid Palace, Alcazaba, and Generalife Gardens. Hear all about the history and culture of Granada from your guide. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to join this walking tour around Granada. First, access the Alhambra and admire the medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation.  Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of Granada's Nasrid emirs. Continue to the Alcazaba, a fortress, one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, and explore the stunning Vermilion Towers (Torres Bermejas).  Immerse yourself in the Alcazaba. Make sure you take a photo a the top of the cliff, as you will capture the view of the Albaicín neighborhood. Next up, visit the Nasrid Palaces. See the Moorish-style courtyards, reception halls, and royal quarters are at the heart of the Alhambra.  Listen as your guide tells you all about the antique wooden ceilings, brightly colored tiles, and history of this beautiful mansion built for the Spanish Muslim rulers.  Lastly, visit the Generalife Gardens, which used to be a leisure place for the kings of Granada to get away from the official affairs of the palace. End the day on a high and relax and chill in the gardens. Admire the magnificent architecture, fascinating decorations, gardens, fountains, and courtyards.

Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour

6. Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour

See the Alhambra Palace, a must-see for any visitor in the city of Granada. This Unesco World Heritage Site boasts attractive and elaborate rooms, a monumental and historic position, and exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture. Transform your visit into an extraordinary experience, rich with knowledge and history with an official local guide. Your expert interpreter of Granada’s heritage will escort you through every part that forms the “Red Fortress". Your guide will also answer any additional questions you may have about this spectacular monument. Explore the Alcazaba fortress, formerly a military precinct and the most antique area of the Alhambra complex. Marvel at the Nasrid Palaces including the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Palace of Leones. Finally, discover the Generalife, the sultan’s summer palace situated east of the Alhambra and surrounded by wide gardens filled with a great variety of vegetation, framed by a beautiful Islamic landscape.

Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

7. Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom of a self-guided tour of Granada with your audio guide tourist navigator that comes with GPS navigation. After you have picked up your personal tourist navigator and your entry time for Alhambra Palace, enjoy skip-the-line entry to Alhambra and see the exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture of Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, and Alcazaba Fortress. Your audio guide will provide detailed explanations of Alhambra and Generalife as you walk. After your visit to Alhambra and before giving back the audio guide, discover the city’s best cultural offerings, tapas bars, monuments, and museums. Follow the tips of your GPS navigator, and relax in the evening with a massage, have fun with friends at a great restaurant, play golf, or visit an amusement park.  

Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

8. Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

Immerse yourself in Granada’s Andalusian Flamenco culture at a live performance in an authentic gypsy cave home. Enjoy an uplifting show performed by live dancers and musicians in one of Sacromonte's cave homes, a limestone dwelling that has been inhabited since the 15th century.  Since Cuevas Los Tarantos was founded in 1972, it has been providing locals and visitors with splendid Flamenco shows. Experience Spain’s soul-stirring gift to the world of music, in the neighborhood that Flamenco calls home. Zambra is a nightly show held at Cuevas Los Tarantos and features a large cast of artists, including prominent figures in Granada’s Flamenco world. Enjoy 1 free drink with your ticket. If you'd like to add to your experience, order more drinks at the bar or dine on traditional Spanish cuisine at your own expense and revel in the splendor of Flamenco.

From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

9. From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alhambra monument, including a visit to the Nazari Palaces. Depart from Malaga and head to Granada and experience the lively city, without worrying about tickets or transfers. After seeing the palace, explore the Generalife Gardens with a guide. Get picked up from Malaga with a comfortable bus transfer and find yourself in the beautiful city of Granada. Once there, explore the world-famous Alhambra Palace, with priority access and no waiting in line. Admire the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, and Charles V Palace with a guide, and be amazed by the innovative water features and architecture of the gardens. As you walk, learn the unique history of the last outpost of Muslim Spain. Afterward, stroll through the historic city center of Granada and take in the breathtaking views of the Granada region. Enjoy some free time in the city center to visit the cathedral, have lunch at a local restaurant or simply stroll through the streets and squares. Take a break in one of Granada's famous tapas bars before getting back on the bus for the return trip to Malaga.

Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Guided Tour

10. Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Guided Tour

No visit to Granada is complete without seeing the Alhambra, the only remaining fortress complex from the city’s Islamic period - so take advantage of this tour of the attraction with an experienced guide.  You will fall in love with this monumental complex: see the fortress (the Alcazaba), the Nasrid Palaces (optional), the Generalife Gardens and Palace, and more beautiful venues scattered around this complex. Enter these incredible places and breathe in the history and art of the Nasrid Kingdom. Your official guide will explain the origins and development of one of the most visited monuments in the world, delighting you with its exquisite fusion of Andalusian art and culture. If the option is selected, your ticket includes access to all the venues, including the Nasrid Palaces. In addition, choose the transportation option to reduce travel stress and make the most of your visit to this unique and stunning monument complex.

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Great guide, well informeel, Good contact with Group especially belgians ;-) One critic: for elderly People stairs are painfull. So mounting the hill to where the water came in from the river didn’t inform us, delivered no beautiful views and felt absurd: mounting up the hill and straight thereafter going down again.

Really great tour with incredibly knowledgeable local tour guide Ana of the generalife palace, gardens and Alhambra. We especially loved the focus on the Muslim history of Granada and Andalusia. Thanks so much to Ana, would definitely recommend this detailed and engaging tour.

Small but very impactful little museum. You will leave with a new appreciation for how cruel people can be! Definitely worth seeing to get a real understanding of how horrible the Inquisition was. Informative and well laid-out.

Everything, from starting point to what the tour includes, was as stated on the ticket. For me this is perfect :)

The Alhambra is wonderful! I highly recommended these passes! It was such a great day!