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Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour

1. 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 & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

2. 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.

Alhambra: Complete Ticket with Audioguide

3. 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 Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

4. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Get a taste of medieval Granada with an unforgettable guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife grounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax knowing your ticket to the palatial city includes entry to the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress, and Generalife grounds. Best of all, choose a small-group or private guided experience, depending on your preference.  Your expert local guide will collect you from just outside the complex, ensuring that you access the Alhambra grounds via a separate group entrance. You will also enjoy separate group access with your guide when entering the Generalife Palace.  Take in the tranquility of the Emirs’ old summer palace at the Generalife, including a beautiful rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. Hear all about the history of the city of Granada and the Alhambra in this tranquil setting.  Your guide will take you into the Nasrid Palaces, the old Moorish palaces, where you can get up close to the iconic Islamic decorative details. Enjoy the colorful geometric tiling and various courtyard water features, including the famous Patio de los Leones. Architecture and art fans will enjoy the iconic Islamic and Mudéjar styles in the grounds. Visit the Alcazaba with your guide to see the royal fortress, so strong it was used for many centuries after its construction. Climb the steps of the Watch Tower here to get unrivaled views of the city of Granada below you, including the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods. Roam the free areas of the complex at the end of the tour, whether you want to take in more of the beautiful gardens or visit other features such as the Palace of Carlos V, a Renaissance palace dating from the 16th century. Enjoy breathtaking views of the old Arabic Quarter of Granada, the Albaicín, from numerous viewing points in the Moorish palace complex.

Alhambra, Generalife & Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Fast Track

5. Alhambra, Generalife & Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Fast Track

Enjoy fast-track access to every part of the Alhambra complex on a 3-hour guided tour. Hear about the history of the site, from the beginnings when it was a fortress until 1870 when it was declared a monument. Learn about the architectural styles of the Alhambra Palace, including the Gate of Pomegranates, the Washington Irving Monument, the Pillar of Charles V, the Dehesa of Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Admire the scenery, art and decoration of the Alhambra. Your local expert guide will lead you through the different areas of the complex, revealing details about the palace and the people that lived in it.

From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

6. From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alhambra monument, including a visit to the Nazari Palaces. Depart from Malaga and head to Granada and experience the lively city, without worrying about tickets or transfers. After seeing the palace, explore the Generalife Gardens with a guide. Get picked up from Malaga with a comfortable bus transfer and find yourself in the beautiful city of Granada. Once there, explore the world-famous Alhambra Palace, with priority access and no waiting in line. Admire the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, and Charles V Palace with a guide, and be amazed by the innovative water features and architecture of the gardens. As you walk, learn the unique history of the last outpost of Muslim Spain. Afterward, stroll through the historic city center of Granada and take in the breathtaking views of the Granada region. Enjoy some free time in the city center to visit the cathedral, have lunch at a local restaurant or simply stroll through the streets and squares. Take a break in one of Granada's famous tapas bars before getting back on the bus for the return trip to Malaga.

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.

Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

8. Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert interpreter of the heritage of the city and fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city's post-Roman districts, including the Moorish suburb of "El Albayzín." Admire the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife, the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir. Next, drive to the center of Granada for lunch (own expense). Then, take a guided walk of the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-filled balconies. Stop to take in the spectacular panoramas over the Alhambra fortress perched on its hill.  Return to Seville at the end of your historical adventure, and get dropped off at your original starting point.

From Malaga: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

9. From Malaga: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Immerse yourself in the history of the Alhambra on this this day trip from Malaga. Explore one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world with a guide. Visit the Nasrid Palaces of Granada and the Palace of Charles V.  Be picked up from the meeting point in Malaga. Sit back and relax on the scenic countryside drive to Granada. Enter the Alhambra complex and let the city views of Granada take your breath away.   See the intricate details, fountains, and frescos in the Nasrid Palaces. Wander through the reception halls and royal quarters in the palace. Explore the main fortification, the Alcazaba. Climb the Torre de la Vela watchtower.  Enter the Palace of Charles V and see the artwork and artifacts housed within this Renaissance-era building. Finally, wander through the tranquil gardens of the Generalife estate and hear the sounds of running water from the fountains. Return to Malaga at the end of your tour. 

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide

10. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide

Explore the Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with this skip-the-ticket-line, guaranteed access ticket. See thousands of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. With an informative audio guide in hand, go at your own pace and follow your own route for a tour that is perfect for you. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology you will see throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise. Please note that entrance to the Nasrid Palaces is not included in this tour. Choose to discover this attraction with either an audio guide or an official guide. Upgrade your tour to include a 1.5-hour bus tour in Granada with an optional audio guide. Visit the City Center, the Albaicin and Realejo neighborhoods. The bus tour can be done before or after the visit to the Alhambra. Bring your own headphones or rent a headset for an additional fee.

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What people are saying about Palace of Charles V

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The meeting point was crowded which got us worried. Then we were separated into much smaller groups. Our guide spoke excellent English and gave a great tour. Lot’s of historical detail about the customs of the Muslims versus Christians who took over in 1492.

We had a great day with Carlos! It was a wonderful experience to see what our ancestors built. He explained everything really well and provided us with well rounded insights into the history of the Al Hambra. Thanks Carlos!

Our guide was excellent. He had designed a knowledgeable 3.5 hour tour that involved all of our senses.

The tour guide Francesco was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. He made the trip amazing.

The ticket bought in advance allowed us to walk in straightaway and avoid queues.