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Antequera and Torcal from Málaga

1. Antequera and Torcal from Málaga

Explore the beautiful Antequera and incredible Torcal on this day trip from Malaga with an expert local guide. Your first stop on the tour will be Antequera. Antequera presents a great historical relevance since the earliest settlements in the Palaeolithic period took place, later becoming a very important point thanks to its busy commercial activity for being in the middle of different provinces. The city with more churches per capita in Spain is full of palaces, white houses, convents and monasteries. You'll stop off at the collegiate church of Santa María for amazing views of the whole city, across to the Roman archaeological site, the Arab fortress of Alcazaba and the natural landscape around the mountain Peñón de los Enamorados, subject of an interesting local legend. You will penetrate deep into history with a visit to the archaeological complex of Antequera’s Dolmens, declared a Cultural Asset. From here you'll travel only a few kilometers to see the Torcal, a unique geological natural site, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. During all the day you will be accompanied by an expert guide, that not only will accompany you throughout the day, but will also regale you with important facts about the places that you will visit to help you understand the local history and customs.

Malaga: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra, Palaces and Gardens

2. Malaga: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra, Palaces and Gardens

Meet your local guide and get ready to discover the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada. It is the most visited monument in Spain. Built during the 13th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the complex, including a visit to the Nasrid Palaces. Admire the elaborate rooms and Moorish architecture and learn about the symbols and techniques used in the monument's construction. Also, discover the sultan’s summer palace to the east of Alhambra. The Generalife is framed by breathtaking scenery and surrounded by a plethora of vegetation and green open space. Then board the bus for the return transfer back to Malaga.

Malaga: Old Medina Walking Tour

3. Malaga: Old Medina Walking Tour

Travel back in time to the 11th and 15th centuries to learn about the Muslim period in Malaga on this walking tour through the historic center. Explore the vibrant and colorful souk markets. Meet your guide in Marina square and walk through the old medina in the historic center. Pass by the elegant Malaga Alcazaba. Marvel at this palace and fortification that is perched on a hill overlooking the city. Admire the minaret tower at the main mosque. Head to the lively souk market. Stroll through the stalls and look for handcrafts. Gain insight into Muslim culture with the help of your local guide.

From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

4. From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and an essential stop for anyone visiting Granada. If you want to discover all its secrets, its exclusive Nasrid Palaces, and the Generalife Gardens, do not hesitate to book this excursion. You can choose to be picked up from one of the different pick-up points in Costa del Sol or Malaga at the indicated time. Then, enjoy a scenic drive across the mountain range of Málaga to reach the historical city of Granada. Upon arrival, discover the monuments that form the Alhambra. Firstly, take a walk across the Generalife Gardens which holds the Palace of Charles V. With this option, you do not enter the Nasrid Palaces. After this exciting visit, enjoy a panoramic view of the city and then have some free time in Granada town. You can have lunch or walk through the typical streets of the Alcaicería. After, return to Costa del Sol where your tour will end.

Granada Full Day with Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens

5. Granada Full Day with Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens

Discover the historical city of Granada, land of the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens on this full-day tour. The Moors built Alhambra in the 13th century. Charles V, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1516, built the court of Charles V in the 16th century. The Generalife gardens are a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Mohammed III in the 14th century. Once you have finished here, enjoy a guided tour to the historical city center to explore the surroundings of the Royal Chapel, the Alcaiceria, Corral del Carbon, the Cathedral and more. You'll also get the chance to wander off and find some traditional tapas. 

From Malaga: Torcal Antequera Natural Park & Dolmens Site

6. From Malaga: Torcal Antequera Natural Park & Dolmens Site

Explore Antequera's natural beauty and fascinating history with a half-day trip from Malaga. Go on a 3km hike through the El Torcal Natural Park, stop at the Torcal Visitor Center, and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage Dolmens Site. Begin your tour in Malaga near the María Zambrano train station. Meet your guide there and board your bus before heading to Antequera. Your first stop in Antequera is the Dolmens Site. Marvel at the massive monolithic monuments. See the Menga and Viera dolmens, Tholos of El Romeral, La Peña de los Enamorados, and El Torcal before driving to the El Torcal Natural Park. At the park, join your guide on a 3km hike past ghostly rock formations. After your hike, enjoy some free time to eat and visit the Torcal Visitor Center. Check out the bar, souvenir shop, toilets, and a small museum before returning to Malaga.

Private Alhambra Tour From Malaga & Surrounds

7. Private Alhambra Tour From Malaga & Surrounds

Learn about the history of Granada on this six-hour guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife summer palace with a skip-the-line ticket. A specialist and historian guide will lead you around the vast complex, dating back more than 600 years. Marvel at a magnificent mix of Islamic art and culture. Your tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off via private coach.  Then,  you will be driven to the Alhambra (about 1.5 hours) to visit the Alhambra with your official tour guide. See Nasrid Palace where you will enjoy the Mexuar, Comares and Lions courtyard; Alcazaba - the Military Fortification; and Generalife the recreational Palace and Gardens. After the 2.5-hour tour, enjoy an hour on your own exploring outside or inside Alhambra where you can visit shops, restaurants and museums.   On this guided tour you will feel the spirit of the last Muslim bastion in Spain. Yusuf is still here – in spirit. So is his father, Ismail I, and his son, Muhammed V. These three sultans were largely responsible for the Palacio Nazaríes – the 14th-century miracle that shines as the Alhambra’s jewel. To amble through these chambers and corridors is to step into Al-Andalus, to feel the energy of a civilization that held such a significant portion of Europe in its grip for eight centuries. Its matters of state still whisper in the Mexuar – a meeting place for ministers, all floral tiles and tapering columns, whose later conversion into a chapel could not conceal its Moorish origins. Its afternoons at play still haunt the Patio de los Leones – an intricate courtyard, the core of royal life under Muhammed V, where fountains splash. And its sophistication still flickers around the Palacio de Comares. 

Morocco 4-Day Tour from the Costa del Sol

8. Morocco 4-Day Tour from the Costa del Sol

Get a taste of life in Morocco on a 4-day tour from the Costa del Sol and visit the imperial cities of Fes and Meknes. Enjoy panoramic views as you journey from one destination to the next, stay in 4-star accommodation and end in the port city of Tangier before taking the ferry back across the Strait of Gibraltar. Day 1 (Wednesday): Costa del Sol – Tangier – Fes Catch the ferry from Algeciras or Tarifa and cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. Then, journey by coach to the port city of Tangier and take a panoramic sightseeing tour to see the main monuments before making your way to the imperial city of Fes. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the 4-star Sofía Hotel or Hotel Menzeh Zalagh. Day 2 (Thursday): Fes Spend the morning on a sightseeing tour of the old Medersa university and explore the narrow streets of the Casbah. See the beautiful Fontaine Nejjarine and get the afternoon to explore on your own at leisure. Day 3 (Friday): Fes – Meknes – Rabat -Tangier Travel to the imperial walled city of Meknes, and continue to Rabat to visit the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan Tower. Make your way back towards Tangier for dinner and your overnight stay at the 4-star Atlas Rif Hotel or Hôtel Atlas Les Almohades. Day 4 (Saturday): Tangier – Costa del Sol Board the ferry after breakfast and travel back across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain.

From Costa del Sol: Seville and Royal Alcázar Palace

9. From Costa del Sol: Seville and Royal Alcázar Palace

Experience the beautiful city of Seville on this insightful day trip with a professional guide. Hear about the Moorish legacy and its architecture and learn about the city's orange season. See the ornate Royal Palace of the Alcázar, Europe’s oldest palace in use, dating back to the 11th century. Visit Seville Cathedral and its Giralda bell tower, both declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Admire the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Patio de los Naranjos. Have the opportunity to admire the Giralda, the old minaret of the mosque. Continue your tour through the narrow streets and small squares of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the historic Jewish quarter of Seville. Enjoy some time for lunch or shopping. Finally, finish your tour at the Torre de Oro next to the beautiful Guadalquivir river before heading back to the Costa del Sol.

From Granada: Torcal & Antequera Dolmens Archaeological Tour

10. From Granada: Torcal & Antequera Dolmens Archaeological Tour

Antequera presents a great historical relevance since the earliest settlements in the Palaeolithic period took place, becoming later a very important point thanks to its busy commercial activity for being in the middle of different provinces. The city with more churches per capita in Spain show us a popular and particular architecture of palaces, white houses, convents and monasteries and also amazing views of all the city from the collegiate church of Santa María, where you will be able to see the roman archaeological site, the arab fortress Alcazaba and the natural landscape around the mountain Peñón de los Enamorados, which does not leave anyone indifferent with its interesting legend. We will penetrate deep into history with the visit to the archaeological complex of Antequera’s Dolmens, declared a Cultural Asset and only a few kilometers away there is the Torcal, an unique and karstic natural site, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. During all the day you will be accompanied by one of our guides, that not only will take you, but also will explain you important facts about the places that you will visit to help you understand our history and costumes, during the ride.

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This private taxi and private tour was the best! Our driver (Jose) tailored our drive to our interests (lookout point [Placeta de S. Nicolás] and great espresso) and allotted time for us to visit city center. Bring a taxi allowed us to enter otherwise restricted areas. Our tour guide (Jose Francisco)of the Alhambra was extremely knowledgeable (everyone of my many questions was answered) and accommodating to our interests. He allowed some decisions for our itinerary. I take a lot of photos (used 2 batteries) and Jose showed us where to get the best shots. This tour is expensive but worth every penny. It was the highlight of our visit.

Excellent tour, very well organized, they picked us up at the indicated point on time, the guide explained to us about Granada during the journey in three languages, very professional. In the Alhambra we were divided into groups according to the language we chose and the guide was excellent. Later we had time to tour the center of Granada for more than two hours and the bus returned on time. Highly recommended if you have little time to visit Granada from Malaga.

Excellent experience under the guidance of Monica! She was very knowledgeable about Al hambra and led us pedagogically during the guide. However, the hours in Granada were a bit unnecessary. I would rather have stayed in the Alhambra and walked around by myself and really had time to take in everything that Monica told me about.

Loved the Alhambra and appreciated the free time in Granada. Phillipe our tour guide at the Alhambra was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He is an asset to the tour company. Thank you Phillipe for an incredible tour where we experienced the history wonder and beauty of the Alhambra.

Very well organized trip from Malaga to Alhambra, Granada. Our guide Elena amd the local guide in Alhambra did a very good job!