Granada Cathedral, Granada

A stunning feat of Spanish Renaissance style and resting place to some of Spain’s Catholic monarchs.

Granada Cathedral, Granada: Our most recommended tours and activities

Alhambra: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, and Gardens Guided Tour

1. Alhambra: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, and Gardens Guided Tour

Get a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Alhambra, Nasrid Palace, Alcazaba, and Generalife Gardens. Hear all about the history and culture of Granada from your guide. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to join this walking tour around Granada. First, skip-the-line at the Alhambra and admire the medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation.  Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of Granada's Nasrid emirs. Continue to the Alcazaba, a fortress, one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, and explore the stunning Vermilion Towers (Torres Bermejas).  Immerse yourself in the Alcazaba, which is a symbol of Malaga. Make sure you take a photo a the top of the cliff, as you will capture the view of the bullring, port, Cathedral, and city from the top. Next up, visit the Nasrid Palace and enjoy a skip-the-line ticket. See the Moorish-style courtyards, reception halls, and royal quarters are at the heart of the Alhambra.  Listen as your guide tells you all about the antique wooden ceilings, brightly colored tiles, and history of this beautiful mansion built for the Spanish Muslim rulers.  Lastly, visit the Generalife Gardens, which used to be a leisure place for the kings of Granada to get away from the official affairs of the palace. End the day on a high and relax and chill in the gardens. Admire the magnificent architecture, fascinating decorations, gardens, fountains, and courtyards.

Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

2. Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

An in depth insight into the Christian history of Granada, including the Encarnación Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. The tour also includes a trip to the Arabic Baths from the XI century, some the oldest in Granada. These baths hold great cultural significance due to their complete preservation, and their being one of the few places that were not destroyed by the Catholic Kings. The tour concludes by passing through the historical center, visiting 'La Madraza', the first university that was created by Yusuf I.

Granada: Cathedral and/or Royal Chapel Tour

3. Granada: Cathedral and/or Royal Chapel Tour

If the Alhambra is the highlight of the Muslim side of Granada, the Cathedral is the heart of the Christian city. On this 90-minute walking tour with a Spanish-speaking guide you’ll begin with a visit to the Cathedral, built on the site of a mosque by Queen Isabella after the conquest of Granada. Admire this masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance style, with its impressive façades and stunning interior that includes a grand altar and several chapels. Carlos V, always respectful of the memory of his ancestors, ensured that the Cathedral was built in accordance with the desires of the Catholic kings. Continue on to the Royal Chapel, which is surrounded by the Granada Cathedral, the Church of Sagrario and the Madraza Palace. Built between 1505 and 1517 in the Isabelline Gothic style, the Chapel was dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. You can pay your respects to those buried here, including Catholic monarchs, Joanna of Castile and her husband, Philip I of Castile.

Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

4. Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

You will start in Plaza Nueva, admiring one of the constructions that changed the physiognomy of the city the most. You will also astonish yourself with the Real Chancillería, which was the highest court of appeal of the Corona de Castilla. Follow that, admire the Plaza Nueva, the church of Santa Ana, and the Pilar del Toro, each of them being a part of one of the most important places of today’s Granada. You will walk down the Darro riverbed to see the old Al-Funduq (Corral del Carbón), one of the few Muslim buildings of commercial use that are still preserved. Following that, stroll through its streets, visiting the old silk market where thousands of stalls will intoxicate your senses with their colors and smells. Later on you will visit the Madraza, founded by Yusuf I in 1349. You will then proceed to enter inside the Capilla Real, where the Reyes Católicos chose to be buried in order to leave a permanent reminder of the hard work they had to do to win this city back. Towards the latter end of your tour you will visit the cathedral, which began to be built by Emperor Charles V.

Granada City Train 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

5. Granada City Train 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Discover Granada at your own pace with a full-day ticket to the exclusive hop-on hop-off train. Specially designed to navigate the narrow streets of the Albaicín, the train features a panoramic roof, open deck in summer, and on board audio guides in 12 languages, available at an extra cost (with 2 special kids channels in Spanish and English). You can hop on and off at any of the stops to experience the essence of the city, from the monumental Alhambra to the atmospheric Albaicín. Explore the Realejo district, stop for a coffee in Plaza Neuva, get city views from the Mirador de San Nicolas, and much more. Get on and off the train as often as you want for as long as your ticket is valid, and discover the city's most important sites. The Alhambra Route runs during the day, while the City Center Route is an evening train that takes in Granada’s great nighttime atmosphere. Alhambra Route (Green Line): trains run every 30-45 minutes • Alhambra a. Alhambra Generalife/Taquillas b. Alhambra Palacios Nazaríes/Puerta Justícia • Cuesta Gomérez • Plaza Nueva/Office Granada City Tour • Paseo de los Tristes • Mirador de San Cristóbal/Albaicín • Monasterio de la Cartuja • Plaza de Toros • Catedral/Plaza Romanilla • Calle Alhóndiga/Recogida • Plaza Mariana Pineda/El Corte Inglés • Calle Molinos/Campo del Príncipe • Hotel Alhambra Palace/Carmen de los Mártires City Center Route (Red Line): trains run every 30-60 minutes, depending on the time of year • Plaza Nueva/Oficina Granada City Tour • Paseo de los Tristes • Mirador de San Cristóbal/Albaicín • Monasterio de la Cartuja • Plaza de Toros • Catedral/Plaza de la Romanilla • Calle Alhóndiga/Recogidas • Plaza Mariana Pineda/El Corte Inglés

From Granada: Cordoba and Mezquita Full Day Tour

6. From Granada: Cordoba and Mezquita Full Day Tour

Benefit from a comfortable transfer from Granada to the impressive city of Córdoba. Cordoba, capital of Muslim Spain, is the main city located in the center of Andalusia. Cordoba offers the possibility to experience culture, alongside being only 1.5 hours away from the city of Malaga. Marvel at the mosaic tiles of the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba. Pass the historic Guadalquivir River at its wider middle course. Cross the province from east to west which provides irrigation for a wide plain where cereals, grapevines and olive trees grow. Discover the landscape towards the north which becomes progressively wilder until it reaches the summits of Sierrra Morena, with dense forest and abundant wild game for hunting. In the south, the land rises gradually until it reaches the mountains of the Subbetica range. The province of Cordoba, which still bears traces of its iberian, Roman and Muslim past, has an outstanding architectural heritage. Its gastronomy has undergone a considerable resurgence with the revival of a range of dishes from the traditional cooking of the region. 

From Malaga and Costa Del Sol: Granada Day Trip

7. From Malaga and Costa Del Sol: Granada Day Trip

Make the most of your Costa del Sol vacation with a day trip to one of Andalusia's most emblematic cities, Granada. Get picked up from one of the convenient meeting points and dropped off in the city center to explore at your own pace. After getting picked up from your chosen meeting point in Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, or Fuengirola, begin the journey to Granada. Take in views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and stop for breakfast along the way (not included in tour price). Upon arrival in Granada, enjoy up to five hours of free time to explore the city at your own pace. You could admire the Renaissance architecture of the Cathedral of Granada or visit the Moroccan tea shops on Calle Elvira for a mint tea or lemonade. Alternatively, spend the day exploring Granada's renowned tapas bars. The streets surrounding Plaza Nueva and Calle Elvira are buzzing with traditional bars where a free tapa is served with every drink. If the Alhambra is on your bucket list, you could use your free time to visit the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife. You could also wander through the streets of the Albaicin and take in panoramic views from Mirador San Nicolas or get lost in the streets of Sacromonte, the cradle of gypsy culture, and listen to the sound of flamenco music floating down the hills. At the end of the day, meet your guide back at the meeting point and hop back on the bus for the journey back to your pickup point.

Granada: Alhambra Tour & Pass with Access to 10+ Attractions

8. Granada: Alhambra Tour & Pass with Access to 10+ Attractions

Explore the incredible Alhambra and its Nasrid Palaces at your own pace and discover more than 10 attractions also included with this package. -Alhambra tickets: discover one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world. Admire the architecture and gardens of the Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces of Granada, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Explore all aspects of this treasured landmark and gain a greater understanding of its history and cultural importance. Discover the main fortification, the Alcazaba, and enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding city of Granada from its watchtower, Torre de la Vela. Explore the Nasrid Palaces and wander through reception halls & royal quarters at the heart of the Alhambra. Admire the ornate Moorish design of the elegant interiors. Enter the Palace of Charles V and see the artwork and artifacts housed within a beautiful Renaissance-era building. Finally, wander through the tranquil gardens of the Generalife and hear the sounds of running water from the beautiful fountains. -Guided tour of Albayzin and Sacromonte. Enjoy the most well-known neighborhoods of Granada with our official guides and don't miss the must-see viewpoints! -Other attractions. The city of Granada offers much more than just the Alhambra, don't miss them: Cathedral, Royal Chapel, Cartuja Monastery, San Jerónimo Monastery, Science Park Museum, Zafra’s House, Cuarto Real, Sacromonte Abbey, Casa de los Tiros Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeological Museum. -Transport to move around. This pass also includes 9 tickets to use the local buses to go easily everywhere. Please notice the date you select is valid to visit the Alhambra, check with Discovering Spain the exact time. Check availability for the other attractions included in your package

Granada: Private Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

9. Granada: Private Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your guide at a meeting place predetermined by you prior to the day. From there you will travel to the Royal Chapel of Granada, which is a final resting place of the magnificent kings of Spain, Queen Isabella, and her husband King Ferdinand. You will then advance towards Granada Cathedral, which is one of the biggest cathedrals in all of Spain and a significant representative symbol of the presence of Christianity in the country. Following this you travel to Alcaiceria, where you will be able to stroll around a Muslim Medieval market place for 15 minutes. Towards the end of your tour you will visit Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, a monument that commemorates the meeting of Queen Isabella with Cristopher Columbus.

Granada: Virtual Reality Cathedral Tour with Chapel Entry

10. Granada: Virtual Reality Cathedral Tour with Chapel Entry

This tour envolves two different stages. The first part will lead you to a walking tour with a virtual and augmented reality glasses. Accompanied by a local guide, you will discover the christian monuments that were ordered to be built after the muslim period in the city of Granada. Among these monuments, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel where the catholic monarchs of Spain decided to be buried. Appreciate the history of the first university of Granada too, which was founded by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada in the 14th century Experience a unique journey to the beginning of the 16th Century. A crucial moment in the History of Spain. Past View Granada smartglasses will help you live this experience and learn what happened in our city in that century so relevant to the whole world. Feel how people lived in the 15th and 16th centuries, what the streets and houses were like. You will be on Calle Oficios during the construction of the Royal Chapel. Historical figures as relevant as Enrique Egas or the Catholic Monarchs themselves will explain, first-hand, the main moments in the history of the city as well as its monuments. The Past View Granada virtual experience is a different tourist activity, a journey through time. In the second part of the tour, finish your virtual tour and line up to enter the Royal Chapel. At that time, the local guide will leave you at the queue from where you will be able to enter the Royal Chapel of Granada by your own and learn about this amazing and beautiful building supported by an audio guide.

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What people are saying about Granada Cathedral, Granada

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based on 1,562 reviews

Our guide Daniel was very knowledgeable and illustrated a lot of details. He was very patient with some 2 people in our group that was 30 minutes late and kept on going astray. He ad the visit very enjoyable and educational.

A wonderful tour. The guide was very good even though she had to conduct the tour in both Spanish and English. Past experiences with other bilingual tours were often lopsided with more emphasis in one language.

We really enjoyed the activity. The guide was very friendly and answered questions. I really recommend having a guide to visit the Alhambra, it's really huge.

A really good way to see places and to plan future trips or visits.

Did this tour on a rainy day, was perfect to see the city.