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Alhambra Palace Tour: Generalife, Alcazaba, Guide

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Key Highlights

  • The Alhambra Palace is one of the world’s most beautiful palaces and Spain’s top tourist attraction
  • The number of people who can enter the palace per day is strictly limited – book ahead to ensure your reservation
  • An expert guide will take you on an in-depth tour of Alhambra Palace and Gardens
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted
  • Overview

    Full name and Passport information is mandatory to provide. Please refer please note section for more information.

    Get transported to the magical world of age-old Arabia when you visit UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Alhambra Palace and Gardens. This hilltop royal residence is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world. Marvel at the carved cedar-wood, cupolas, ornate ceilings, frothy stuccowork, and exquisite mosaics. Enjoy the cool marble, tranquil pools, tinkling fountains, and the beautifully designed pavilions and promenades set against the stunning back-drop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    Choose either a morning or an afternoon tour of the Alhambra Palace. Both the tours take you inside the Alhambra Palace with an expert guide to accompany, providing in-depth view of the history and culture behind this architectural marvel. Your number of questions and queries will be answered by the friendly guide. You will visit all the main parts of the Alhambra Palace, including the The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the Alcazaba.

    Alhambra tickets are always high in demand and booking in advance is highly recommended. This tour has limited availability in the months of October, November and December, should the tour not be available on your chosen date, we have an alternative for you which also includes hotel transfers, click here for more details>>

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Morning Tour: Daily
    Afternoon Tour: Daily except Sunday & Monday

    Duration

    2.5 – 3 hours approx.

    Start time

    Morning Tour: Between 9:30am and 10:00am
    Afternoon Tour:

    1 April  to 14 October : Meeting point at our Welcome Visitor Centre (Paseo de la Sabica, 15) next to the Alhambra, between 1:45pm and 4:15pm (depending on the schedule provided by the Patronato de la Alhambra). To confirm the exact time please call our local partner the day before the tour between 11am and 7pm (Saturday, Sunday, holiday, between 11am and 1pm) at +34 958 535 872.

    15 October to 31 March : Meeting point at our Welcome Visitor Centre (Paseo de la Sabica, 15) next to the Alhambra at 1:45pm.

    Meeting Point

    Meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Car Parking No. 1)

    Ending Point

    The guided tour ends inside the Alhambra Palace

    Itinerary

    Make your way to the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1), where you will meet your expert guide.

    You will tour the three main parts of the Alhambra Palace: the Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the fortress of Alcazaba.

    The Royal Palace:
    The Royal Palace's interior is lavishly decorated. Surfaces are adorned with intricate geometric designs skillfully executed in marble, glazed tile and alabaster. The Palace is divided in three sections. The first is the Mexuar where business, government, and palace administration took place. This section includes the Oratory and the striking Golden Room.

    The second section is the Serrallo, where the sultans held court and entertained their ambassadors. In the heart of the Serrallo is the Court of the Myrtles with its long pool flanked by myrtle trees. The decorative tiles here are said to be some of the finest in the Alhambra. The Serrallo is also home to the Hall of the Ambassadors, which has a spectacular carved throne and a domed cedar-wood ceiling.

    The third section of the Palace is the Harem, which in its time was entered only by the sultan, his wives and concubines, young children and eunuchs. The delightful Court of the Lions lies at the harem’s heart. The courtyard is named after the 12 lions, thought to represent the months or signs of the zodiac.

    The Alcazaba:
    The Alcazaba is the Alhambra Palace’s original fortress. You will be able to walk up the steps to the watchtower for some splendid panoramas of Granada. You will also see the Royal Baths, where the sultans' favourite beauties once relaxed in brightly tiled pools, and the Renaissance palace of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

    The Generalife:
    The Generalife was the summer retreat for the Moorish kings. Here you will stroll through the spectacular gardens, said to have been inspired by the Koranic description of Paradise. You will see tall columnar cypress trees, roses, orange trees, oleanders and other flowers as well as tranquil pools and tinkling fountains.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guaranteed reservations for admission to the Alhambra Palace
    • English speaking guide

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Gratuities
    • Food/ Beverages
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    You may be asked to show some ID when you visit Alhambra. Carry some detailed identity documents and please provide your full name, passport number, gender, nationality, age and date of birth while booking this tour in the special requests section as a security measure. Unfortunately, if any of the details are not provided correctly, the Palace authorities will deny access to the premises.

    The group size will never be larger than 30 people.

    Additional info

    The Alhambra is not suitable for those who are less mobile or confined to wheelchairs; a tour of the Alhambra Palace will involve a lot of walking
  • Customer Reviews
    • Excellent tour guide

      The guide, Jenifer, was knowledgeable, pleasant, thorough and had excellent language skills. It was a very good tour....

      Steven James, United States
    • Esther was our guide and she was absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable, patient (when locating one of our group who went astray) and made the tour really interesting and...

      Tim Aaronricks, United Kingdom
    • Great tour

      Hi, We booked this 3 hour tour of the Alhambra and I'm really glad that we had the guide as he made it really interesting and fun. He had so much knowledge and passion for...

      Linda Atkinson, United Kingdom
    • We enjoyed the tour and the guide was clearly knowledgable. It was a good introduction to the Alhambra.

      Louisa Stanway, United Kingdom, 26/Sep/2017
    • Excellent and very educational, had the best guide Aiser!

      Nancy Mailliard, United States, 11/Jul/2017
    • Our tour guide Enrique was great...knowledgeable, funny and professional...

      Jennifer Donahue, United States, 06/Jul/2017