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Granada: Alhambra Carlos V Palace & Surroundings Guided Tour

Product ID: 256622
Experience 8 centuries of history across a single tour. Learn about the Islamic and Christian past of Granada. Explore the surroundings and free areas of one of Spain’s most beautiful architectural feats.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours - 1 day
Starting times 10:30 AM, 4:00 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit Alhambra's free areas with a guide, including the Charles V Palace, home to the Alhambra Museum
  • See the Arab Baths, the only preserved part of the mosque
  • Admire the Church of Santa Maria de la Alhambra, built atop a former mosque
  • Marvel at the first tomb of the Catholic Kings
Full description
If you did not manage to secure your entrance ticket to the Alhambra, this is your opportunity to visit the free zone areas with a guide and learn about the history of the monument. The immaculately preserved complex of fortifications and religious buildings dates back to the 9th century. Begin your 2-hour walking tour just below Alhambra, heading along the Alhambra walls and towers. Follow a scenic route through the woods of the Alhambra to the Gate of Justice, known for its elaborate Quranic carvings.

Passing through this defensive gate, and you’ll arrive at the Wine Gate and the Square of the Cisterns. Visit the Charles V Palace, which houses the Alhambra Museum and its exclusive collection of Hispano-Muslim and Nasrid Art. Marvel at the vast circular courtyard within the stately, columned building.

Continue up Calle Real to the Church of Santa María de la Alhambra, built atop the former main mosque. Also see the San Francisco Convent - an enchanting 15th-century structure that once served as a Catholic convent.

Alternatively, upgrade your tour to include a 1.5-hour tourist bus tour with an optional audio guide. Visit the city center and the Albaicin and Realejo neighborhoods.
  • Official guide
  • Walking tour of the Alhambra's free areas
  • Authentic Spanish snack
  • 1.5-hour bus tour (if option chosen)
What’s Not Included
  • Alhambra entrance ticket
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
Please note that this tour does not include an entrance ticket to the Alhambra monument. This is a walking tour on Alhambra's free area where you will learn more about the Islamic and Christian past of Granada as well as the history behind the monument.
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Customer reviews

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3.6 / 5

based on 339 reviews

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Hi I had a reservation for a guided tour to al ambrra with family but I found a difficulty in finding the place to gather so I missed the appointment, I contacted by phone the customer service and he offered me another Appointment for the next day, unfortunately there is no more ticket so we had to cancel the visit. All my thanks to getyouguide since i was refunded

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September 2, 2019

The great guide, gave us a lot of curiosities about the Alhambra and was very attentive to all of us. Also at the end of the visit they invited us to a tasting of typical (super good) food in an incredible place, right at the foot of the Alhambra where the river passes. Very happy with this visit, we recommend it without hesitation.

July 10, 2019


I really enjoyed the experience. The guide demonstrated his command of the language in Spanish and English and the history of the place. Only one catch, I think that at the time of departure when we all met to start the route the guide would have to bring something to recognize it quickly. In my case there was a girl with a multi-page advertising umbrella but not yours and that messed me up a bit. Otherwise everything perfect, I will recommend it.

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July 10, 2019

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