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.
This tour takes you inside the Alhambra Palace with a live expert guide and provides 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.
For those who have chosen the option with hotel pick up you will be collected from your hotel between 9:15am and 10:00am. For those who wish to make their own way you will meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1) between 9:30am and 10:00am.
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.
The guided tour of the Alhambra Palace ends at 1:30pm. For those who have selected the option with hotel drop off you will then be taken back to your hotel.
Our tour guide Carmen was very good, very informative & pleasant. Just one issue for me was the rechargeable batteries in the audio device stopped working half way round so I... Christine Ann Carter
The booking process was very easy. The service provided was excellent and the Tour included places that are not open to regular public. The value/money was great... better deal... Felipe a florez
2.5 – 3 hours (Without Transport) and 4 hours (With Transport)
Alhambra Palace tour (Without Transport): Between 9:30am and 10:00am
Alhambra Palace tour (With Transport): Between 9:15am and 10:00am depending on your hotel location
Duration: Alhambra Palace tour (Without Transport): 2.5 – 3 hours
Alhambra Palace tour (With Transport): 4 hours
Alhambra Palace Tour without Transfer: Meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Car Parking No. 1) between 9:30am and 10:00am.
Alhambra Palace Tour with Transfer: Your hotel in Granada City Centre.
Please provide your hotel details in the special requests field at the time of booking. If you do not have this information please contact the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour with these details.)
The guided tour ends inside the Alhambra Palace; for those who have selected the hotel pick-up and drop-off option you will be returned to your hotel.
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!
Groups regularly change in size and nationality. In order to facilitate these changes, your visit may be given in two different languages.
The group size will never be larger than 30 people.
You are advised to arrive early, the welcome centre is open from 8:30am, and the local partner will be pleased to receive you from that time.
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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