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Alhambra & Generalife Gardens – Guided Tour

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2.5 hours
Availability : during the whole year
Alhambra, Granada
Alhambra, Granada
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 30

What to expect from the Guided Tour of Alhambra

Visit Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens withn Official Guide of Granada. The Palace of Alhambra is the jewel of the Moorish Legacy and a masterpiece of the Islamic Art in Europe. Step back into history, join us into a trip to the Nasrid Dynasty, to discover a period of great splendor in the history of Spain.

You’ll be always accompanied by an official knowledgeable guide of the Alhambra. The visit will be made in groups of maximum 30 people. Depending on the number of people, the visit can be done only in English or in Spanish and English.

Meeting Point

In our office located across the street from the main entrance to Alhambra (see in Google Maps)

Meeting Time

  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Please note that sometimes the meeting time might be altered. It is imperative that you contact us one day before the visit to check if there have been any changes.

Price Includes

  • Entrance ticket to Alhambra with access to the entire monument.
  • Group tour with an Official Licensed Tourist Guide of Alhambra
  • Support by our team for any incident
  • Normally 2.5 hours of guided visit

Not Included

  • Hotel pick-up and transfer to Alhambra
  • Food, drinks and any private expenses
  • Any service not mentioned as "Included"

Prepare your Guided Tour of Alhambra & Generalife Gardens

Visit with an official guide of Granada to discover this unique monument. Your local guide will give you your tickets to the Alhambra, thus avoiding the long queues for entry.

The visit begins at the main entrance of the Alhambra. For 2.5 hours you will walk through the streets, palaces, courtyards and gardens of the Alhambra accompanied by a qualified professional guide, with extensive knowledge. He will give you a lot of information about the construction of the Alhambra, its architecture as well as historical notes on the life of the Moorish kings and sultans who lived in the Alhambra.

Visitting the Alhambra with a guide, its palaces, gardens, towers … it is an experience full of sensations. It is like a journey through time veiled by mysteries and unknowns. Its walls, its lattices, its inscriptions, its games of light and color, the sound of water, its viewpoints, express beauty and harmony. They also evoke stories from the past that transport us to another culture, to another way of understanding life, of living it.

Through this tour your guide will teach you to read, perceive and understand the silent language that emerges from the monument and also from the elements that integrate it. This way you will realize their relationship with the surrounding environment and discover the messages that are present in the architecture of the Alhambra.

According to the entry time to the Nasrid Palaces, the guide will design a personalized tour through the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra. In this way, during the two and a half hours that the visit lasts, nothing will be lost of this unique enclave, which was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Visit of the Nasrid Palaces

We will start the visit discovering the Palatine City of the Alhambra (the only Palatine City of the Islamic period that has been preserved). First of all we will discover its beautiful Nasrid Palaces (Palace of Comares and Palace of the Lions).

We will visit the Madrasa of the Princes (the Royal University) and the Mexuar (meeting room of the former Council of Ministers and also place where the Sultan gave justice). Next we admire the Façade of Comares with its beautiful decorations and place where the Sultan celebrated the public hearings or receiving the subjects who requested it. Through the Patio de Comares (Comares Courtyard) or Patio de los Arrayanes (Court of the Myrtles) we reach the Comares Tower, an area that was exclusively dedicated to the sultan, since it contains its private rooms. There is the Hall of Ambassadors, the Throne Room where the sultan held private hearings with ambassadors and high-ranking people.

We continue introducing ourselves into the Nasrid architecture, visiting the impressive Palace of the Lions, which through its construction and decoration marks the Heyday of the Sultanate. We will discover the architectural details of the Hall of the Muqarnas and the Hall of the Kings. We also hear the tragic legend of the event that took place in the Hall of the Abencerrages.

Then we will discover the Room of the Two Sisters, which is the most complete room in the palace. There stands out the romantic Mirador de Lindraja (Lindaraja Balcony), a lookout with low windows, to sit on the floor. From there, supposedly, the Sultan contemplated the Albayzín and the Sacromonte.

Then, mandatory stop at the famous Fuente de los Leones (Lions Fountain), the hub of this palace. Here, the murmur of the water that comes out from this fountain, the reflections of light and the delicate decoration of its palace with its gallery of arches and columns create a divine atmosphere.

Continue with the guided tour into the Generalife Gardens

The visit continues through the Palace of the Partal with its beautiful terraced gardens heading to the Medina (which was the neighborhood of artisans, merchants and servants of the royal family). This walk through the Medina leads us to another prominent part of the Alhambra: the Generalife Gardens. There is a monumental Alhambra, palaces made of stone, brick, stucco, marble … But nature is also part of the Alhambra: the gardens, the orchards and the forest …

You can not say goodbye to Alhambra without first getting to know Generalife and its famous Arabic gardens. This is a unique and exuberant space that pretends to be the closest thing to paradise. Or at least with such an idea was conceived, since in the Muslim culture the celestial image is linked to the figure of the garden. The truth is that beauty and harmony reign in the Generalife. Here everything seems to be arranged to delight your senses during the visit. The murmur of the water, the reflections of light, the perfume of the aromatic plants, the delicate decoration of his palace, the color of the flowers …

With the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a spectacular landscape in the background, the Generalife was a recreational farm used by the kings of the Nasrid Dynasty. In addition, their orchards once supplied the kitchens of the Alhambra. Monarchs came to this place in search of privacy and tranquility.

After visiting the Alhambra and if you feel still strong, you can continue exploring this unique monument at your leisure.

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David

Couple Traveller

We enjoyed our visit to the Alhambra immensely – Marga is a great guide – she provided all the information we required at just the right pace.
The idea of groups with two language translations works very well for you can listen to the commentary in your own language and then take photographs whilst the guide is speaking in the other language!

7 December, 2018

Ruth

Family Traveller

What an amazing visit! Our guide Daniel was very kind and knew a lot about the monument. Dont forget to wear confortable shows since the visit takes long!

3 December, 2018

Susanne

Group Traveller

Well organised tour – the welcome and registration was handled quickly and efficiently. The tour guide was fluent in English and the use of headphones meant we had no trouble hearing her.
She guided us well with an overview of the tour and good instructions about where we were going next as the tour progressed. She kept the group together and kept us moving, avoiding the worst of the crowds, but without us ever feeling rushed.
I would have liked to hear in more detail about some of the history of the place and the events that have happened there, but I suppose there’s a limit to what can be said within the time available.
The tour was about the right length as it is a fairly strenuous walk.
Overall very enjoyable and I would not hesitate to recommend it to my friends.

29 November, 2018

James David

Couple Traveller

We saw the nice reviews and we decided to take this tour. We really liked it and are planning to come again in a future.

9 November, 2018

R. Anderson

Family Traveller

Experienced and professional team. Highly recommended.

23 October, 2018
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