Be transported into the magical world of the Arabian Nights when you visit the 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 stucco work, and exquisite mosaics. Enjoy the cool marble, tranquil pools, tinkling fountains, pavilions and promenades set against the stunning back-drop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains.
You have an option to choose from a morning tour and an afternoon tour for the Alhambra Palace. Both the tours take you inside the Alhambra Palace with a live expert guide and provide you with an in-depth view and history of this architectural marvel. You can ask any number of questions to your knowledgeable and friendly guide. You will visit all the main parts of the Alhambra Palace; The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the Alcazaba.
As a result of high demand this tour is not available until the end of May 2015. Currently our best availability for the Alhambra Palace is our combo tour which also includes tickets for the hop-on, hop-off train tour. Click here to see the details. >>
Make your own way to the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1), where you will meet your expert guide. If you have chosen the morning tour, you are requested to reach the venue between 9.30am and 10.00am. The start time for the afternoon tour is between 1.45pm and 2.00pm.
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 interior is lavishly decorated. Surfaces are adorned with intricate geometric designs skillfully executed in marble, glazed tile and alabaster. The Palace is divided into 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 for the 12 lions, thought to represent the months or signs of the zodiac, which support the fountain at the center.
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 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.
Speed of the tour was maybe a little fast. But it was caused by size. Over 20 per tour is to many. The guide has to go at the slowest persons speed. Causes the guide to...Archibald Morriso
Our guide was informative and spoke English well....Thomas A. Cooney
Really good...Well explained and nice tour guide...MR M S ULLA
Morning Tour: Daily
February to October: Daily
November to January: Wednesday and Friday
2.5 – 3 hours approx.
Morning Tour: Between 9:30am and 10:00am
Afternoon Tour: Between 1:45pm and 2:00pm
Meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Car Parking No. 1)
The guided tour ends inside the Alhambra Palace
Granada is high up in the mountains and gets cold in winter and at the end of summer. You are advised to carry along some extra layers of warm clothing! Wear comfortable shoes for walking and don’t forget the camera!
The schedule of the afternoon visit changes depending on the day 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 to confirm all details.
Groups regularly change in size and nationality. In order to facilitate these changes, your visit may be given 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.
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