This tour introduces you to two of Granada’s most famous attractions – the exquisite Alhambra Palace and a performance of flamenco, the dramatic and expressive Andalusian dance form! Plus you will take a tour of the captivating Albaycin Quarter.
Enjoy a guided tour of the rose-hued Alhambra, one of the world’s loveliest palaces. More than 600 years old, this hilltop complex is a magnificent expression of Islamic art, culture and history.
Walk in the glorious gardens of the Generalife, a 14th century pleasure realm for the Moorish kings, and inhale the fragrance of roses and herbs – a true delight for the senses!
In the evening, you can opt for a flamenco performance with drinks only or with dinner as well. You’ll be enraptured by this amazing mixture of music, song and dance. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself clapping in time to the mesmerizing beat of the dancers’ feet as they stamp out a story of love and betrayal!
Your magical evening includes a stroll through Albaycin, Granada’s oldest Muslim quarter, with its labyrinth of cobbled streets. Gasp when you see stunning views of the illuminated Alhambra on the adjacent hill!
The Granada in a Nutshell Tour offers you the chance to enjoy the city’s most famous features – the amazing Alhambra Palace and Flamenco, the Spanish art form that combines music, song, and dance.
The adventure begins when you are picked up from your Granada city center hotel.
• Alhambra Tour:
You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Alhambra, a ‘must’ for every visitor to the city of Granada. Our official tour guides are expert interpreters of Granada’s heritage and will guide you through every part of the “red fortress”. Dating back more than 600 years, the Alhambra is one of the finest examples of Islamic art in the world. It was constructed during the mid-14th century by the Berber rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus, and the complex also contains a Renaissance palace built by Emperor Charles V.
A key attraction is Alcazaba (The Fortress), the oldest part of the Alhambra and home to its former military precincts. You’ll also see the Mexuar Palace, where the Council of Ministers met and the Sultan dispensed justice.
Continue to the Generalife, built as a place of leisure for Granada’s Moorish Kings in the 14th century. 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 lovely water features poetically described by one writer as, “water that cries”.
After exploring the beautiful Moorish architecture of the Alhambra, you will be dropped back at your hotel or can leave the tour at Car Park No. 1 of the Alhambra.
• Flamenco Show:
In the evening you’ll completely immerse yourself in genuine Andalusian culture at a Flamenco Show in one of the famous Sacromonte caves. Located on the slopes of Cerro de San Miguel, these caves were inhabited by Spanish gypsies and became popular places for community singing and dancing.
Flamenco dance is known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.
There are two options for your delightful Flamenco Show experience:
• Show with Dinner
• Show with Drink
• Show with Dinner:
You will be picked up from your hotel between 1900h (7:00pm) and 1945h (7:45pm). First you will have a drink and dinner on the terrace, accompanied by live guitar music, and can enjoy the views while you savor the traditional Andalusian fare. After dinner, you will go inside the cave to see the stunning flamenco show.
At about 2230h (10:30pm), you will go for a 30-minute walk through the winding cobbled streets of the Albaycin quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed neighborhood. See the beautiful Moorish and Andalusian buildings and breath-taking views of the Alhambra at night.
At the end of the evening, you will be driven back to your hotel.
• Show with Drink:
You will be picked up from your hotel between 2045h (8:45pm) and 2130h (9:30pm) and will first go on the 30-minute walk through the Albaycin quarter before going inside the cave to see the flamenco show. A drink is included in your tour price.
At the end of the evening, you will be driven back to your hotel.
I was travelling with 2 other friends one Spanish the other English speaking like myself. The English tour guide was fine but not very enthusiastic. He sounded rather bored,... Biannca D. Pace
My friends and I were very impressed with the in depth tour of the Alhambra, it was probably the best way to see and learn about the Alhambra. That was the first time we had a... Lisa H Wilson
Approx. 5.5 hours
Alhambra Palace Tour: Hotel pick-ups between 9:15am - 10:00am
Alternatively, you can join the tour at Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Car Parking No. 1) between 9:30am and 10:00am.
Flamenco Show with Dinner: Hotel pick-ups between 7:00pm and 7:45pm
Flamenco Show with Drink: Hotel pick-ups between 8:45pm and 9:30pm
Duration: Approx. 5.5 hours (Incl. Alhambra Palace Tour: 3 hours and Flamenco Show: 2.5 hours)
Alhambra Palace Tour: Your hotel in Granada.
Alternative pick-up point: Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Car Parking No. 1).
Flamenco Show: You will be picked up from your hotel in Granada (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Alhambra Palace Tour: You will be dropped off at your hotel in Granada or you may leave the tour after exiting the Alhambra
Flamenco Show: You will be dropped off back at your hotel
Don’t forget to bring a camera! There is a lot of walking at the Alhambra so please wear comfortable shoes and carry a bottle of water. In summer, remember to bring sun block and wear a hat
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please print a voucher and show it to your guide at the start of the tour to receive your ticket.
Please remember to provide hotel details for pick-up arrangements.
Welcome Visitor Centre is open from 8:30 am, so we will be pleased to receive you from that time.
The order of the areas visited will be determined by the hour of entrance for the Nasrid Palace. On occasion, the Alhambra Trust may alter the order of the visit and restrict access to certain areas.
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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