First and foremost in Granada, of course, is the incomparable Alhambra
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The Alhambra in Granada is one of humanity’s great monuments. An Alhambra Tour should not be missed.
This is architecture that is at once sensual, imaginative and inspiring. The old Nasrid sultan’s palace and the surrounding grounds, including the Generalife gardens, are absolutely enchanting – the stuff of fairy tales. Moorish art and architecture reached a spectacular and wondrous pinnacle here in Granada. Nearing the end of their centuries-long occupation of this southern part of the Iberian peninsula, the Nasrid dynasty’s artists and architects had achieved a marvelous style.
Because it is one of the world’s "must-see" destinations, and arguably the most important medieval monument in Europe, it has become one of the most visited attractions in the world. You most definitely need to make your Alhambra tour reservations in advance!
We recommend a guided tour in a small, personalized group.
In this way, you will get the added historical touches that will flavour your experience in a manner that just tramping through the grounds could never provide.
On this tour, your guide will take you to the most important halls and courtyards of the Alhambra including; the Patio de los Arrayanes (myrtle courtyard), the Patio de los (lion courtyard), the Salon of the Embajadores (ambassador’s hall), and the Sala de los Abencerrajes – all the while recounting to you the fascinating and romantic history, and the stories and legends that make this such a rare and special place.
In addition, you’ll also visit the Alcazaba fortress, the Royal Baths, the Palace Gardens and the Palace of Charles the Fifth.
And that’s not all . . .
The visit will then continue to the Generalife, situated next to the Alhambra , and which was a place of leisure and recreation for the Moorish kings of G ranada . In the height of the summer heat, the whole royal entourage would pack up and move the relatively short distance up to this higher and cooler area.
The Generalife contains magnificent gardens with a dizzying variety of plants and flowers. It has numerous fountains and waterways that bring the melting water down from the snowy peaks above. The visit includes two further courtyards, the Patio de la Acequia and the Patio de la Sultana.
The tour lasts 3+ hrs.. You will be picked up at your hotel between 9:30 and 09:45 am.
The fee includes:
– your official guide (who will speak in English )
– entrances to the Alhambra, the Nasrid palaces, and all other areas – transport with escort guide going/return from your hotel (within a radius of 5 km from city-centre).
An option: If you are staying at the Parador, or another hotel that is in close proximity to the Alhambra, and you want to spend more time visiting the Alahambra – you can just forego the return transportation to your hotel, and stay on to wander the grounds on you own – and at your leisure. Of course, please advise the tour guide of your intentions.