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Granada Historic Center and Albaycin Walking Tour

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Granada Historic Center and Albaycin Walking Tour
Granada Historic Center and Albaycin Walking Tour
Granada Historic Center and Albaycin Walking Tour
Granada Historic Center and Albaycin Walking Tour

Highlights

  • There′s much more to Granada than the Alhambra!
  • Walk through the ages in the historic city center
  • Visit the old Arab silk market
  • Marvel at the imposing Cathedral and Capilla Real
  • Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the old Moorish quarter
  • See magnificent views of the Alhambra Palace from Albaycin

Overview

Take a walk through the pages of history on this fascinating walking tour of Granada. With a knowledgeable guide you’ll explore the historic city center and the labyrinthine streets of the old Moorish quarter.

Visit the site of the old Arab silk market, Alcaicería, now full of colorful shops. Stand in awe at the Cathedral, one of the masterpieces of Spanish Renaissance and see its gorgeous “Capilla Real” (Royal Chapel).

Discover the blend of cultures that makes this Andalusian city what it is today. Hear about Granada’s Golden Age under Nasrid rule when it was one of the richest cities in Europe, and learn about its Catholic and Muslim periods.

Walk uphill to Albaycin, the old Moorish quarter, now a UNESCO World Heritage listed neighborhood. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and admire the lovely Moorish architecture. Stop to see stunning views of the rose-red Alhambra Palace on the adjacent hill.

Itinerary

The Granada Historic Center & Albaycin Walking Tour reveals the layers of fascinating history that have created the present-day city of Granada. You will tour the heart of the city and the labyrinthine streets of the old Moorish quarter, Albaycin, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The adventure begins at Plaza Bib-Rambla. As you walk, your knowledgeable guide will entertain you with tales of the city’s turbulent past. As well as the historic landmarks, you’ll also notice Granada’s many lively restaurants and bars and your guide can recommend good places to check out after the tour is over.

You’ll see the famous Granada cathedral, a Spanish Renaissance masterpiece on Gothic foundations. It was built by Queen Isabella immediately after the Christian conquest of Granada 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, as well as other royals, are buried.

You’ll visit the Alcaicería, formerly the Moorish silk market. The neighborhood was destroyed by fire in 1843 and what you see now is a 19th century restoration full of colorful souvenir shops. Another landmark is the Plaza del Carmen, the site for a convent and a church built in the 16th century.

Your guide will then lead you uphill to Albaycin, the old Arab quarter, built on a medieval town plan with cobbled streets and small squares. Admire the attractive houses in Moorish and Andalusian style and let the centuries roll back as you explore the warren of narrow alleys.

If the scent of kebabs fills your nostrils, don’t be surprised. It’s not a ghostly echo of the past. Some of the Islamic flavor has indeed returned to the Albaycin thanks to a growing North African population which has introduced kebab, cake and tea shops and even a brand-new mosque.

stop to see magnificent views of rose red Alhambra Palace at Carvajales. Make sure you have your camera with you to capture this panorama before heading back downhill to Plaza Bib-Rambla where your tour ends.

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Reviews

  • Tour

    Excellent, the guide was very thorough and spoke good English, very enjoyable...

    MRS D HANSON
  • Granada Historic Centre

    Really pleasant experience. Lovely guide. So informative. Took us all around the back streets of Granada. Sure we never have seen half of what he showed us on our own....

    Vivienne Sutton
  • An ezxcellent and not to be missed experience

    An excellent tour guide whose knowledge of the area was extensive. He was enthusiastic and displayed great competancy...

    james laffer
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Mar 15 - 31 Oct 15: Daily
01 Nov 15 - 28 Feb 16: Daily except Sunday & Monday

Duration

2 hours 15 minutes

Start time

01 Mar - 31 Oct: 1030h (10:30am)
01 Nov - 28 Feb: 1100h (11:00am)
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Meeting point

Plaza Bib-Rambla. Green and white kiosk located at the closest corner to the Cathedral.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

Plaza Bib-Rambla

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Inclusions

  • Bi-lingual guides (Spanish and English)
  • Fully narrated walking tour

Exclusions

  • Entrance tickets for the monuments
  • Meals and beverages

Do/Dont's

Don’t forget to bring a camera! Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for touring. If visiting in the summer, bring a bottle of water, use sun block and wear a hat.

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Please note

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.

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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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
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