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Granada Full Day: Alhambra, Albayzin and Sacromonte

1. Granada Full Day: Alhambra, Albayzin and Sacromonte

The ancient city of Granada is full of unique beauty: come spend a full day in the city and soak up its culture, architecture, and history. In the morning, you will see the stunning Alhambra, a fortress built in the 9th century which later became a royal residence. In the afternoon, you will travel through Albayzin and Sacramonte, two fascinating Muslim neighbourhoods of the city. Albayzin is considered one of the most beautiful districts of Granada, known for its cobblestones and medieval feel. In Sacromonte, you’ll see the traditional cave houses inhabited historically by gypsies, and experience its gorgeous flamenco shows. Walking is by far the best way to explore every nook and cranny of the labyrinthian structure of these neighbourhoods.  Let your tour guide surprise you with historical information, legends, and artistic details for an unforgettable day.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide

2. 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.

Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

3. 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.

From Malaga: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

4. 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. 

Alhambra: Fast-Track Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Tour

5. Alhambra: Fast-Track Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Tour

Explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress, and the lavish Generalife Gardens with this fast-track, 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 official guide, enjoy the best route of Alhambra to visit all the corners of the monument. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology you will see throughout the Nasrid Palaces, fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Alhambra: Ticket with Audio Guide

6. Alhambra: 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. Go to exhibitions and track restaurants according to price and the type of cuisine. 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.  

Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

7. 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.

Granada: Entry Ticket to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Night Tour

8. Granada: Entry Ticket to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Night Tour

Live an unforgettable experience in the Alhambra at the hands of an expert guide who will take you on an impressive journey through history, customs, literature, science and the arts, in a place where philosophy was cultivated with passion and where the exuberance of thought and imagination transcended that of the senses. Our tour will depart from the Access Pavilion of the Alhambra at the time indicated in your reservation. "On the top of the hill stands one of the most fascinating palaces ever devised by man's imagination or desired by his heart" (Washington Irving, 1832). We will first visit the Nasrid Palaces: Palacio del Mexuar or meeting room of the Council of Viziers. Then we will continue through the Golden Room and the imposing Comares Facade towards the Patio de los Arrayanes, where the Throne Room (the qubba), a symbol of the earth, and the dome, which is identified with the sky, await us. We will arrive, passing through the Emperor's Rooms, at the heart of the royal palace: the Garden of Happiness or Courtyard of the Lions, with its four rooms, its fountains, its forest of columns and, as its central axis, the Fountain of the Lions, praised by many poets since the fourteenth century. The second part of the tour will take place in the Renaissance Palace of Carlos V. The Emperor ordered the construction of the palace next to the old Royal House (Nasrid Palaces), in order to enjoy its wonders. From here we will do the same route through the Alhambra forest to finish at the same meeting point.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Skip-the-Line Tour with Guide

9. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Skip-the-Line Tour with Guide

Gain fast-track entrance with an expert guide to Granada's famous sites: the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Explore the palaces and gardens of the Alhambra, and admire the beautiful views of Granada from the old military enclosure. Learn about its historical significance as a monument of Muslim Spain and how it's now one of the most visited attractions in the country. Relax among the flowers and fountains of the Generalife Gardens as you learn about the kings who once used the villa as a getaway home. Dive into its history as you discover why it was declared a Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Also you will visit (if option selected) the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid palaces which are full of wonderful plasterworks, colorful ornamentation and gardens full of aromatic flowers and bubbling fountains.

From Barcelona: Andalusia and Toledo 8 Day Tour

10. From Barcelona: Andalusia and Toledo 8 Day Tour

Enjoy a 8-day sightseeing tour of several distinct areas of Spain, where you can learn about the Moors in Iberia. Departing from Barcelona, you will visit historic attractions in the cities of Cordoba and Seville, and stroll around the magnificent Alhambra in Granada. Drive through the mountains to Toledo, and discover the meeting point of 3 great cultures. Day 1 (Friday): Barcelona Meet and greet at the airport. Take a transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Day 2 (Saturday): Barcelona Half-day sightseeing tour around Barcelona, including stops at Las Ramblas, Cathedral Square, the Old Jewish Quarter. Later in the day there is a bus tour to Passeig de Gràcia Street (Where's Gaudi's famous 'Casa Batlló' and 'Casa Milà' are found), the Triump Arc, Olympic Village and Montjuic Mountain. Day 3 (Sunday): Barcelona - Madrid Depart from Barcelona. Detailed departure information will be provided. Day 4 (Monday): Madrid - Cordoba - Seville Pass through La Mancha country (Don Quijote's land) and travel towards Córdoba. There you will take a sightseeing tour of the historic city, visiting the famous Mosque and Cathedral, as well as the fascinating Jewish Quarter. Continue to Seville and spend the night there. Day 5 (Tuesday): Seville Today, enjoy a morning city tour of Seville, visiting the Park of María Luisa, the fanciful mosaics of the Plaza de España, and the typical Barrio de Santa Cruz. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, strolling along orange-scented streets. Day 6 (Wednesday): Seville - Granada Upon arrival in Granada, take a sightseeing tour of the extraordinary Alhambra, with its beautiful Nazari palaces and gardens. Day 7 (Thursday): Granada - Toledo - Madrid Depart for the imperial city of Toledo, where the 3 cultures of Spain - Christians, Moors, and Jews - have lived together for centuries. Wander the narrow streets, stopping at sights such as the Primate Cathedral, Church of Santo Tomé, and Plaza del Ayuntamiento. See fine examples of the characteristic Damasquino iron, inlaid with gold and silver. Continue to Madrid for the end of your tour services. Day 8 (Friday): Madrid Hotel transfer to the airport

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What people are saying about El Partal

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The tour went smoothly. Our pick up time was changed from 5:30am to 7:20, a much more civilized time, which made me happy even before we started. Our guide, Petra was personable and spoke both English and Spanish clearly. We walked a total of 5 miles that day, and several people were not able to do this and stayed behind before we got to the Alhambra. What a shame, because the Alhambra is the biggest attraction in Spain. Please only book this tour if you can walk for 3 hours and climb a few stairs. The comfortable bus ride is 3 hours each way with a break half way so you can rest. The Alhambra is totally worth the long ride and walking. We had a guide, Pablo, for the Alhambra who was very knowledgeable and spoke in clear English. I would recommend this tour as long as walking is not a problem for you.

Advisable experience, fast and well-organized access Our guide Jesús very professional but at the same time pleasant To say something go to improve the meeting point it is not clear when it is hired and they should specify it better because it leads to misunderstandings.

Sergio gave us an awesome tour, very informative, we loved all the architecture, gardens and all the details in the palaces!

Very friendly welcome by good and good, full explanation. Everything fine.

The tour guide was absouloutley great!! Thank you :)