Things to do in Granada, Spain

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Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

1. 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.

Alhambra: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, and Gardens Guided Tour

2. Alhambra: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, and Gardens Guided Tour

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, skip-the-line at 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, which is a symbol of Malaga. Make sure you take a photo a the top of the cliff, as you will capture the view of the bullring, port, Cathedral, and city from the top. Next up, visit the Nasrid Palace and enjoy a skip-the-line ticket. 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.

Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

3. Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

Explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with this 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, 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 Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

4. 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.

Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces

5. 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.

Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces

6. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces

Immerse yourself in the architectural marvels and colorful history of the Alhambra on an audio-guided tour with included entry to the Nasrid Palaces. Skip the ticket line at the entrance and enjoy more time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Once inside, embark on a journey through centuries of history with your audio guide. Hear about the palace's reconstruction in the 13th century, its transformation into the Royal Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella following the Reconquest, and more. As you listen, marvel at the mix of Moorish and Christian architecture in the palace complex. Explore the residences of kings and sultans, admire the spectacular ceiling in the Hall of the Boat, and snap pictures in the famous Court of the Lions.  Take some time to walk among the fountains and beneath the ornate, horseshoe-shaped arches in the Generalife Gardens. Round off your experience with spectacular views of Granada's Albaicín neighborhood from the hilltop Alcazaba.

Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

7. 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 & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

8. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Avoid ticket lines with fast-track entry and discover the impressive architectural feat of Nasrid rulers, the Alhambra. At your own pace, meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra, filled with fountains, hanging plants, and paved pathways. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel at 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.

Alhambra: Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

9. Alhambra: Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

A visit to Granada is not complete without seeing the Alhambra, the only remaining fortified complex of the Islamic period in Spain. Explore this amazing attraction at your own pace. Admire the fortress, the Generalife Gardens, and the palace complex in all their splendor. Embark on a journey through history spanning from the palace's reconstruction by the Sultan of Granada in the 13th century, to its transformation into the Royal Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella following the Reconquest. Look out over the white houses of the Albaicín neighborhood below, and walk among fountains and beneath ornate, horseshoe-shaped arches. Marvel at the mix of Moorish and Christian architecture. Explore the residences of kings and sultans, see the spectacular ceiling in the Hall of the Boat, and snap pictures in the famous Court of the Lions. Round off the experience with spectacular views of Granada from the hill-top fortress.

Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Granada, Spain

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Amazing show! Passionate guitar player, singer & dancers! We enjoyed the smaller more intimate venue - could truly feel the intensity of the whole performance!

This was amazing, but a little more strenuous than advertised. I doubt children could do it.

Carlos was a good guide and very accommodating. It was a fun day out.

The tour was very informative and interesting. Strongly recommended.

¡Un gran recorrido y espectáculo! Bien vale la pena el precio.