The Alhambra Guided Tour & Historic Granada combo showcases the rich heritage of Granada, with a guided visit to the Alhambra and Generalife gardens in the morning followed by a late afternoon city sightseeing tour.
• Alhambra Guided Tour:
You’ll enjoy an informative guided tour of the Alhambra complex. Your professional guide is an expert on the fortress and will answer any questions you have about the monument.
Constructed during the mid 14th century by the Berber rulers of Granada, the Alhambra ranks among the world’s finest examples of Islamic art. The magnificent complex also contains a Renaissance palace built by Emperor Charles V.
A key attraction is the Alcazaba (fortress), the oldest part of the Alhambra and home to its former military precincts. You’ll also see the Mexuar Palace, where the Sultan dispensed justice.
Take time to wander in the Generalife, built as a place of leisure for the Moorish Kings of Granada in the 14th century. In addition to fragrant flowers and fine trees, the gardens have beautiful water features poetically described by one writer as “water that cries”.
After seeing the Alhambra, you will be driven back to your hotel in Granada, or, if you prefer, you can stay longer at the Alhambra and then stroll back downhill through a forest to the city center.
• Historic Granada:
In the afternoon, around 1615h (4:15pm) to 1645h (4:45pm), you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a tour of the historic sights of the city of Granada or you can join the tour at Cathedral main entrance in Gran Via Street.
You’ll see the famous Granada cathedral, a Spanish Renaissance masterpiece built by Queen Isabella I on the site of an ancient mosque. One of its most famous features is the exquisite Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) where Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II, and their children, Phillip "The Beautiful" and Joan "The Mad", are buried.
Your guide will lead you uphill to Albaycin, the old Arab quarter, constructed on a medieval town plan with cobbled streets and small squares. Stop in the plaza outside St Nicholas Church to enjoy magnificent views of the Alhambra backed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Next to Albaycin is the hill of Sacromonte, another old part of Granada and famous for its cave dwellings, gypsy community, and flamenco tradition. Stop to have a drink in one of the caves before being driven back to your hotel.