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Alhambra Palace Tour - With Expert Guide

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Key Highlights

  • The Alhambra Palace is one of the world’s most beautiful palaces and Spain’s top tourist attraction
  • The number of people who can enter the palace per day is strictly limited – book ahead to ensure your reservation
  • An expert guide will take you on an in-depth tour of Alhambra Palace and Gardens
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Morning Tour: Daily
    Afternoon Tour: Daily except Sunday & Monday

    Duration

    2.5 – 3 hours approx.

    Start time

    Morning Tour: Between 9:30am and 10:00am
    Afternoon Tour: At 1:45pm or 3:45pm (depending on the schedule provided by the Patronato de la Alhambra)

    Meeting Point

    Meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Car Parking No. 1)

    Ending Point

    The guided tour ends inside the Alhambra Palace

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Get transported to the magical world of age-old Arabia when you visit UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Alhambra Palace and Gardens. This hilltop royal residence is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world. Marvel at the carved cedar-wood, cupolas, ornate ceilings, frothy stuccowork, and exquisite mosaics. Enjoy the cool marble, tranquil pools, tinkling fountains, and the beautifully designed pavilions and promenades set against the stunning back-drop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    Choose either a morning or an afternoon tour of the Alhambra Palace. Both the tours take you inside the Alhambra Palace with an expert guide to accompany, providing in-depth view of the history and culture behind this architectural marvel. Your number of questions and queries will be answered by the friendly guide. You will visit all the main parts of the Alhambra Palace, including the The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the Alcazaba.

    Due to high demand, this tour is no longer available to book until end of June.

    Itinerary

    Make your way to the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1), where you will meet your expert guide.

    You will tour the three main parts of the Alhambra Palace: the Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the fortress of Alcazaba.

    The Royal Palace:
    The Royal Palace's interior is lavishly decorated. Surfaces are adorned with intricate geometric designs skillfully executed in marble, glazed tile and alabaster. The Palace is divided in three sections. The first is the Mexuar where business, government, and palace administration took place. This section includes the Oratory and the striking Golden Room.

    The second section is the Serrallo, where the sultans held court and entertained their ambassadors. In the heart of the Serrallo is the Court of the Myrtles with its long pool flanked by myrtle trees. The decorative tiles here are said to be some of the finest in the Alhambra. The Serrallo is also home to the Hall of the Ambassadors, which has a spectacular carved throne and a domed cedar-wood ceiling.

    The third section of the Palace is the Harem, which in its time was entered only by the sultan, his wives and concubines, young children and eunuchs. The delightful Court of the Lions lies at the harem’s heart. The courtyard is named after the 12 lions, thought to represent the months or signs of the zodiac.

    The Alcazaba:
    The Alcazaba is the Alhambra Palace’s original fortress. You will be able to walk up the steps to the watchtower for some splendid panoramas of Granada. You will also see the Royal Baths, where the sultans' favourite beauties once relaxed in brightly tiled pools, and the Renaissance palace of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

    The Generalife:
    The Generalife was the summer retreat for the Moorish kings. Here you will stroll through the spectacular gardens, said to have been inspired by the Koranic description of Paradise. You will see tall columnar cypress trees, roses, orange trees, oleanders and other flowers as well as tranquil pools and tinkling fountains.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guaranteed reservations for admission to the Alhambra Palace
    • Multilingual Guide (Spanish, English, French, Italian & German)

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Gratuities
    • Food/ Beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    The schedule of the afternoon visit changes depending on the day and can be between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. To confirm the exact time, please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour start time.

    Groups regularly change in size and nationality. In order to facilitate these changes, your tour may be delivered in two different languages. Afternoon tours will be mostly conducted in English and Spanish.

    The group size will never be larger than 30 people.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.The Alhambra is not suitable for those who are less mobile or confined to wheelchairs; a tour of the Alhambra Palace will involve a lot of walking
  • Reviews
    • Very good tour experience

      Great tour for taking us around Alhambra and will definitely revisit Alhambra in the future!...

      Roger Wong
    • Beautiful tour and well worth it!

      Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the Alhambra was absolutely beatific! Well worth it!...

      Marlene Llibre
    • Knowledgeable guide and great monument

      The guide from the local company (Granadavision) was extremely knowledgeable and willing to share details/answer questions from the group. The group was formed by roughly 20...

      Sebastiano Pomata
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