Granada Cathedral

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

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Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

1. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

Uncover the beauty of the millenary city, Granada, with the help of a local guide on a bilingual tour in Spanish and English.  Visit some of the most emblematic monuments including the Alhambra – the palatial home of the ancient Arabic royalty. A monumental sight, the complex incorporates El Generalife, the summer residence of the sultans, the Nasrid palaces and La Alcazaba, which served as the military zone of the citadel. While absorbing the architecture your designated guide will fill you in on the intricate history of this legendary location. Proceed down into the heart of the city, via the Puerta de la Justicia, the arched gateway that was built in the 14th century. 

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

2. 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

Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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: Albaicin and Sacromonte Sightseeing Tour

6. Granada: Albaicin and Sacromonte Sightseeing Tour

Embark on a sightseeing adventure to the historic neighborhoods of Sacromonte and Albaicin. Meet your friendly guide in Granada then head to Albaicin, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed district that was formerly the capital of one of the most important kingdoms in Europe. The first stop of the day is El Mirador de San Cristobal, an impressive complex built in the 11th century with sprawling views across the ancient citadel of Albaicin. Continue the tour to the old fortress of Alcazaba Cadima, then cross over the Plaza de San Bartolome to reach the Mirador de San Nicolas. Perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Granada, the Mirador de San Nicolas boasts sprawling vistas of Alhambra and the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada in the background. Arrive at Sacromonte, passing by the impressive Gran Mezquita Mayor on the way. Travel along the picturesque Cuesta del Chapiz until you reach the idyllic Paseo de los Tristes on the shore of the Darro River, which has been a place of leisure since the 16th century. Enjoy some time to soak up the view while learning about the Christian and Muslim influences on the two neighborhoods you have visited today. Next, pass through the Plaza Nueva to the final stop of the day, an imposing cathedral.

From Granada: Cordoba and Mezquita Full Day Tour

7. 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. 

Granada: Essential Must-Do Walking Tour

8. Granada: Essential Must-Do Walking Tour

Embark on a historical tour of Granada and learn how this beautiful city transformed from the Islamic period to the Christian period. The walking tour takes you through the streets of the historical city center to discover the town before and after the Islamic conquest. Start in the heart of the city, beside the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Later the tour enters the heart of the Albaycín, which is full of tea shops, churches, narrow streets, monuments, and many secrets. Your expert guide will describe the important historical facts of Granada, covering the Catholic Monarchs, Charles V, The Alhambra, the Moorish tragedy, the urban and water infrastructure, and The Cármenes of Granada.

Granada: Capilla Real and Monasterio Cartuja Tour

9. Granada: Capilla Real and Monasterio Cartuja Tour

Your experience will begin with you touring the Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Cartuja. Built on the grounds of a beautiful Arab farm, few places in Granada manage to surprise their visitors with this much. As soon as you go through the main door, you will be beginning a journey through different artistic styles, discovering in the process the life and customs of this community of monks which lived at this site until 1835. You will also be able to take delight unveiling the impressive treasures hidden inside their walls. You will continue your route crossing the Calle Gran Vía de Colón, following the Calle Cárcel Baja on the way to the Catedral de Granada. The arrival of the Reyes Católicos in the last Arab bastion of the Iberian Peninsula meant a dramatic change in the model of the city. The Catedral Renacentista de Granada is a chant to grandiosity where the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical are mixed; displaying the new institutional, political, and religious power. You will then travel down Calle Oficios to enter the Capilla Real. Chosen by the Reyes Católicos as their last dwelling, this temple stands as a symbol of the restoration of the Granada church, showing the great wealth of its artistic heritage and nourishing its spirit with its transcendent sense and beauty.

Granada: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Panoramic City Views

10. Granada: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Panoramic City Views

Explore the streets of Granada with a local guide and discover the beautiful sights of the historic city center and Albaicin area. Visit the best viewpoint for panoramic views of the city and the iconic Alhambra. Learn about the city's history and hear interesting local legends as you wander the cobbled streets and take in its incredible diverse architecture. Visit the main sights of the city center such as the Bib Rambla Square, and the streets of the Alcaiceria, the old silk market. See the magnificent architecture of the Cathedral, one of the most important buildings of the Spanish Renaissance.  Walk around the city's medieval past in the Albaicin neighborhood, the old Arab quarter of Granada, and see Paseo de los Tristes, Placeta de la Victoria, Carvajales viewpoint. The neighborhood was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 due to its particular character. Visit the viewpoint Mirador of San Nicolas, the most iconic viewpoint in Granada, a spectacular view of the Alhambra, the Generalife, the city at its feet, and the magnificent Sierra Nevada right behind. Throughout this tour, you will discover the diverse architecture of Granada, the vast influence of the Muslim empire, and the immense display of the Christian art established after the Catholic Monarchs took over the city. You will also learn about the history and mysteries of Granada, telling tales of local cult legends of its hidden corners. 

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Stephanie is an excellent guide! Five other in a party registered for the tour never showed up and she tried to call them several times. Nevertheless, she gave Said, from Turkey and myself, a delightfully informative tour of everything, including the Mosque, Royal Chapel and Cathedral. For any American who’s taken a Western Civilization class, this is a must while in Granada! I highly recommend it and Stephanie to you! It was especially poignant during Holy Week for Christians…a bonus! Don (70 and counting and still traveling solo across Europe as in college but at a little more relaxed pace) from Atlanta, GA.

WE GOT IT SEVERAL TIMES. VERY WELL. SOMETIMES VERY FAST BUT EXCELLENT SERVICE. TO KNOW GRANADA IS VERY USEFUL

A very pleasant tour, full of information about history, Islamic art and architecture.

Great tour, nice guide. Would book definitely again here.

A very interesting Tour and the exceptional guide Jorge