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Private visit – Historical Granada. Discover with your private guide the glorious past of Granada, strolling through the origins of this city that still retains all the magic of its Arab past. A private visit to one of the most charming neighbourhoods of Granada, the Albaizyn, and then discover the Granada of the Catholic Kings.
First we will make a pleasant walk that runs through the labyrinthine streets of Albaizyn. Then we go slowly down to Carrera del Darro. It is one of the oldest streets in Granada, as well as one of the busiest due to its undeniable beauty and historical importance.
We continue through the Monumental area of Granada. The first destination is Plaza de Santa Ana and Plaza Nueva, where the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia is located. We continue through Plaza Isabel la Catolica and admire the Monument to Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Castile.
Through the Gran Via de Colón we will enter Calle Oficios to discover La Madraza – Old Nasrid University. Next, we will find the Royal Chapel of Granada (exterior visit) and the Alcaicería. Finally, we reach the Plaza de Alonso Cano, Church of the Tabernacle and Cathedral of Granada (exterior visit). And before finishing, we pass through the Plaza Bib-Rambla, Calle Reyes Católicos and Plaza del Carmen.
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With this Private Tour – The Best of Granada we guarantee the best option to know one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Granada, the Albaicín and the monumental part of Granada. Therefore, your private guide will design a tour according to your needs to make this experience unforgettable.
The visit begins at the San Cristóbal Viewpoint. From here you can see an impressive panoramic view of Granada, which includes places such as the Cathedral, the 11th-century city walls, the San Cristóbal Church or the Dar-Al-Horra Palace. And of course, a side view of the Alhambra and the Palace of Charles V. For 3 hours, you’ll walk through a network of alleys accompanied by a professional guide with extensive knowledge of Granada. You will discover charming corners, fountains, cisterns, Mudejar churches, beautiful viewpoints over the Alhambra and the famous cármenes. These were the typical houses of Granada. You’ll now understand why UNESCO declared Albaicin a World Heritage Site in 1984, together with La Alhambra.
The visit continues to Plaza Isabel la Católica, where we can find the monument dedicated to the Queen Isabella and Christopher Columbus. This sculpture symbolizes the moment when Columbus reached an agreement with the Catholic Monarchs for his expedition to the Indies.
From the Gran Vía de Colón, through the magnificently decorated gateway that gives access to Calle Oficios, we arrive at one of the most well-known streets in the center of Granada. Our next stop will be the Palace of the Madraza, former University of Granada. Founded by Yusuf I in 1349 during the Nasrid period. It was the first university with which Granada counted. In its dependencies were taught medicine, law and mathematics.
Just in front of La Madraza we find the Royal Chapel of Granada, the place chosen by the Catholic Monarchs for their last rest. Visit outside the funeral temple where the mortal remains of Don Fernando de Aragón and Dona Isabel de Castilla rest. We continue to the Cathedral, to discover its impressive facade of Spanish Baroque style designed by Alonso Cano.
Our next destination is the Alcaiceria, the old Silk Market in the Nasrid era. It is a network of narrow streets filled with shops selling handicrafts from Granada. We will then leave the Alcaiceria and crossing the Darro River we find the Corral de Carbon. This building is the only Nasrid alhondiga preserved throughout the Iberian Peninsula. It was a public building designed to house merchants and their products, as well as being a grain warehouse. The most monumental part of the building is its magnificent portal, formed by a large horseshoe arch and decorated with an inscription of praise to Allah.
And finally we reached the Plaza del Carmen, where the townhall of Granada lies and place where the guided tour of Granada ends.