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 has a range of unavailable dates in the month of March.
Make your own 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 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.
We enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting and informative. Would definitely recommend it to friends and relatives if they...Mr J P Harris
Very attractive and beautiful place.with a nice well orinted guide.should visted for every one going to spain.we enjoyed alot....MOHAMED S ABOU SHANAB
The palace is absolutely stunning and captivating and would have loved to linger more in the rooms and lookouts. Alot of tour groups but limited numbers made it more pleasant...Angelina Cutri
Morning Tour: Daily
01 Mar 16 - 31 Oct 16 Daily except Sunday & Monday
2.5 – 3 hours approx.
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)
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 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 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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