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Alhambra, Granada

Marvel at the extravagance of the Nasrid dynasty inside one of Spain’s top historical sites.

Alhambra, Granada: Our most recommended tours and activities

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces & Gardens

1. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces & Gardens

Get a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Alhambra, Nasrid Palace, Alcazaba, and Generalife Gardens. Hear all about the history and culture of Granada from your guide. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to join this walking tour around Granada. First, access the Alhambra and admire the medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation.  Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of Granada's Nasrid emirs. Continue to the Alcazaba, a fortress, one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, and explore the stunning Vermilion Towers (Torres Bermejas).  Immerse yourself in the Alcazaba. Make sure you take a photo a the top of the cliff, as you will capture the view of the Albaicín neighborhood. Next up, visit the Nasrid Palaces. See the Moorish-style courtyards, reception halls, and royal quarters are at the heart of the Alhambra.  Listen as your guide tells you all about the antique wooden ceilings, brightly colored tiles, and history of this beautiful mansion built for the Spanish Muslim rulers.  Lastly, visit the Generalife Gardens, which used to be a leisure place for the kings of Granada to get away from the official affairs of the palace. End the day on a high and relax and chill in the gardens. Admire the magnificent architecture, fascinating decorations, gardens, fountains, and courtyards.

Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour

2. Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour

See the Alhambra Palace, a must-see for any visitor in the city of Granada. This Unesco World Heritage Site boasts attractive and elaborate rooms, a monumental and historic position, and exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture. Transform your visit into an extraordinary experience, rich with knowledge and history with an official local guide. Your expert interpreter of Granada’s heritage will escort you through every part that forms the “Red Fortress". Your guide will also answer any additional questions you may have about this spectacular monument. Explore the Alcazaba fortress, formerly a military precinct and the most antique area of the Alhambra complex. Marvel at the Nasrid Palaces including the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Palace of Leones. Finally, discover the Generalife, the sultan’s summer palace situated east of the Alhambra and surrounded by wide gardens filled with a great variety of vegetation, framed by a beautiful Islamic landscape.

Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

3. Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Get an entry ticket to visit the Alhambra of Grenada and discover one of the best-preserved palaces and fortresses of the historic Islam world. Visit the Nasrid Palaces and stroll through the palace gardens as you learn the secrets, stories, and legends behind this attraction with an audio guide. Embark on a journey through history as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Learn about Spain's Muslim heritage and hear about the Alhambra's beginnings as an ancient palace and fortress complex. Walk along the walls of the Alcazaba fortress where soldiers waited and kept watch. See the palaces where the last of the sultans of the Nasrid dynasty lived and where the women of the Harem waited to be called. Finally, wander through the Generalife Gardens and be captivated by the Moorish water feature that dominates this formal garden.

Granada: Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

4. Granada: Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Experience the Alhambra, the most important and captivating monument in Muslim Spain and one of the most-visited attractions in Spain. The Alhambra shows the heritage of the Nasrid dynasty, which you can discover as you explore the Alcazaba, the Comares Palace, and the Generalife gardens. Take the opportunity to visit the Alhambra accompanied by an official private guide who will explain the secrets, stories, and artistic details of the complex. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to begin this walking tour. The tour will start by visiting the walled citadel, the first vestiges before it became the seat of the Nasrid emirs of Granada. Continue until reaching the Alcazaba, the oldest area of the Alhambra and military area. Discover the impressive Torres Bermejas and take a photo at the top of the Torre de la Vela, where you can capture the best views of the Albaicín neighborhood. Visit the heart of the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces. Moorish-style patios, and the royal quarter. Your guide will reveal all the history and legends of how opulent palaces were built for Islamic rulers. To end the visit, enjoy the Generalife Gardens, the resting place of the kings of the city. Take in its architecture, decorations, and gardens.

Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

5. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

6. Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom of a self-guided tour of Granada with your audio guide tourist navigator that comes with GPS navigation. After you have picked up your personal tourist navigator and your entry time for Alhambra Palace, enjoy skip-the-line entry to Alhambra and see the exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture of Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, and Alcazaba Fortress. Your audio guide will provide detailed explanations of Alhambra and Generalife as you walk. After your visit to Alhambra and before giving back the audio guide, discover the city’s best cultural offerings, tapas bars, monuments, and museums. Follow the tips of your GPS navigator, and relax in the evening with a massage, have fun with friends at a great restaurant, play golf, or visit an amusement park.  

Granada: Alhambra Gardens and Generalife Fast-Track Entry

7. Granada: Alhambra Gardens and Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Avoid ticket lines with fast-track entry and discover the impressive Alhambra Gardens at your own pace. Meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra, filled with fountains, hanging plants, and paved pathways. Entry to the Nasrid Palaces is not included with this ticket. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel in the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

Granada: Full Alhambra Guided Tour with Preferential Access

8. Granada: Full Alhambra Guided Tour with Preferential Access

Now a World Heritage Site, the Alhambra was once the emblem and pride of the Nasrid kings, the last bastion in the conquest of the Catholic kings. The Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba, the Generalife and many more points make up this incredible monument: the Alhambra, the jewel of Granada. Discover the Alhambra in its entirety, as it deserves, with an official accredited guide who will provide a fantastic 3-hour tour. With an expert guide in the history and architecture of the Alhambra, enjoy and understand the lifestyle, culture and tradition of the Nasrid kings and society from the 13th to the 16th century. In addition to learning about the operation of each palace, alcove, gardens, towers and surprising corners, you will also learn about countless legends and stories of love, infidelity and tragedy that occurred in this citadel.

Alhambra: Complete Ticket with Audioguide

9. Alhambra: Complete Ticket with Audioguide

Pickup your tickets then head into the Alhambra complex to explore this 600-year-old site at your own pace with an audioguide. With your ticket, access the entire complex including the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife. From your audioguide, hear all about the history of Granada and the Alhambra, as well as how the site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. You’ll also learn about the former sultans that once resided here during the Nasrid Dynasty. Inside, stroll through the complex and admire the impressive and intricate architecture of the palaces. Then, soak up the tranquility of Generalife, the Emir’s old summer palace which boasts a stunning rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. You’ll also get to see the complex’s military fortress, Alcazaba, which offers sweeping views of Granada and the surrounding mountains.

Granada: Alhambra Fast-Track Tour with Nasrid Palaces

10. Granada: Alhambra Fast-Track Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Before entering the premises you will have a brief introduction in order to put you in the right context. Your visit to the Nazari monument includes three main areas: Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife-gardens, the order of which vary according to the circumstances and time of access to Palacios Nazaríes.  Your guide will decide the order and will inform the group about it before starting the tour. The Palace of Charles V is also included in the visit, although access is free without tickets.

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What people are saying about Alhambra, Granada

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based on 57,278 reviews

We had a great experience. Central pick up location, comfortable coach and we left on time. Johanna the guide was very pleasant, extremely well informed and gave a real good insight into the history and culture of the place. There was a toilet break at a cafe and a 2 hour break in Granada for self-exploration. Then a 15- minute ride to Alhambra. The guide there was again fantastic!! It did involve walking for around 3 hours, but the place is just so magical - it seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. A very well organised tour and highly recommended.

Our tour around the Alhambra, gardens and Nasrid palace was a unforgettable experience. The tour was just the right length and pace to take in the beauty and scale of our surroundings. Esther's commentary was interesting and informative and she gave us tips on the best photo shots. She was very knowledgeable on the history of the Alhambra and delivered her explanations with great enthusiasm. The views were stunning.

Very interesting tour with a great guide. Daniel introduced us to the magical world of the Alhambra, he had a wealth of knowledge, was helpful and very friendly. Thank you! ❤️

I enjoy it. The tour leader was perfect, very informative but not exausted or boring. Good pace. Cheers

Fantastic. Very interesting. A lot to walk if you want to see everything. But it was worth it.