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From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

1. From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alhambra monument, including a visit to the Nazari Palaces. Depart from Malaga and head to Granada and experience the lively city, without worrying about tickets or transfers. After seeing the palace, explore the Generalife Gardens with a guide. Get picked up from Malaga with a comfortable bus transfer and find yourself in the beautiful city of Granada. Once there, explore the world-famous Alhambra Palace, with priority access and no waiting in line. Admire the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, and Charles V Palace with a guide, and be amazed by the innovative water features and architecture of the gardens. As you walk, learn the unique history of the last outpost of Muslim Spain. Afterward, stroll through the historic city center of Granada and take in the breathtaking views of the Granada region. Enjoy some free time in the city center to visit the cathedral, have lunch at a local restaurant or simply stroll through the streets and squares. Take a break in one of Granada's famous tapas bars before getting back on the bus for the return trip to Malaga.

From Malaga: Private Full-Day Bus Trip to Ronda and Setenil

2. From Malaga: Private Full-Day Bus Trip to Ronda and Setenil

Be picked up from the centrally-located meeting point in Malaga and sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to Setenil de las Bodegas where your will have free time to get some lunch and explore. Continue to the city of Ronda, for a guided tour of the historic center of Ronda. Stop at the New Bridge to enjoy the Tajo gorge and its panoramic view, visit the Bullring and the Bullfighting Museum. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain and it is built on two separate cliffs which are connected by Spain's most famous bridge, the New Bridge, which was built in the 18th century. The tour guide will show you around Ronda, and you will have some free time to explore the town on your own as well. Take a walking tour in the romantic town center, with its churches, mini-palaces and Spain's oldest bullring. Return to your meeting point in Malaga at the end of your tour.

Museo Picasso Málaga: Ticket & Audioguide

3. Museo Picasso Málaga: Ticket & Audioguide

The Museo Picasso Málaga was created in response to the artist's desire for his work to be exhibited in the city of his birth in 1881. Its realization is thanks to the combined efforts of the artist´s daughter-in-law and grandson, whose donations provide the body of the art collection, and Junta de Andalucía, who arranged an ambitious project devoted to the artist. Located in the Palacio de Buenavista, declared a National Monument in 1939, the Museo Picasso Málaga opened in the heart of Málaga in 2003. The building boasts a harmonic mix of Renaissance and Mudéjar elements and serene contemporary lines. Phoenician, Roman, and Arabic ruins can be found on the underground floor. This ticket provides access to the permanent collection containing examples of Picasso's revolutionary innovations. See paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and graphic work, from his first academic studies to his personal Neoclassical perspective. Admire Picasso's overlapping Cubist forms, his experiments in ceramics, his interpretations of the Old Masters, and his last paintings from the 1970s. Break for a snack in the garden Café of the Palacio de Buenavista, a perfect place to end your visit with an appetizer, lunch, or a drink.

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. 

Málaga: Alcazaba and Roman Theatre Guided Tour With Entry

5. Málaga: Alcazaba and Roman Theatre Guided Tour With Entry

The Alcazaba of Málaga is one of the most beautiful attractions that you can visit while you are here in the city. Come and visit this stunning Muslim Palace by exploring its fortress, gardens and decorated backyards. Learn about its art, history, architecture and discover its hidden legends and curiosities that make this place so special. Finally, you will find out how the Christians conquered the Alcazaba and Málaga while admiring one of the most beautiful views of the city that will leave you speechless!

Malaga: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra, Palaces and Gardens

6. 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.

From Malaga: Torcal Antequera Natural Park & Dolmens Site

7. 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.

From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

8. 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.

Málaga: Cathedral, Alcazaba, Roman Theater Walking Tour

9. Málaga: Cathedral, Alcazaba, Roman Theater Walking Tour

See the highlights in Málaga with this group walking tour. Follow your guide to the Cathedral, Alcazaba, Roman Theater, and Picasso's streets. Listen as your guide tells you more about these sites. Start your tour at the Plaza de La Marina. Stroll to the Renaissance Cathedral of Malaga where your guide will point out details of the cathedral and provide fascinating context for what you see. On the days of mass in the cathedral, the explanations will take place outside the building. Head to the Alcazaba which is built into the sides of Gibralfaro Mountain. Take the elevator to the highest point where you can admire the views of Malaga. Walk to the ancient Roman Theater before heading to the streets where Picasso lived. Marvel at the statue of Picasso and explore Plaza de la Merced, Plaza del Obispo, and Calle Larios with your knowledgeable guide.

From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

10. From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

Discover the secrets of the Alhambra Palace, the most-visited attraction in Spain. Relax with pickup from different meeting points on the Costa del Sol and in Malaga before making your way to the palace. Along the way, take in the panoramic views of the Sierra de Malaga before you reach the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the Alhambra, visit the palace of Charles V, the Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid palaces and the famous Patio de los Leones. Enjoy free time in the Granada city center, where you can explore the architecture of one of the most magical and emblematic cities in the world. Also take time to enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of the area before returning to the Costa de Sol.

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Liked the Dolmens a lot, awesome how a 180-ton-stine could be moved at all, interesting how they tried to explain this miracle in the movie which was shown to us in the Dolmens museum. José Miguel -hope I remembered the name correctly - was our guide for the whole Dolmen and walk experience through the Natural Park of Torcal de Antequera. We saw tons of goats which is not an everyday-experience as our guide told us. Make sure you have good walking shoes, actually best (to protect your ligaments) would be ankle-high- hiking shoes since you are mostly walking on stones. All in all a highly recommendable experience. It's a magic area, both, the Dolmen site and the Natural Park.

Carmen was excellent Tour Guide. Tour of Bullring was informative and interesting. Plenty of free time to explore Ronda. Sentinel was disappointing because all the restaurants were closing as we arrived and I felt 1 hour in Winter time was too long in this pretty little village when there was nowhere to go to for coffee or drink. Glad we visited Ronda as part of your rather than going on our own with public transport

Nice small group excursion to the dolmens in Antequera and Torcal natural park. The group was transported with a mini van through a nice scenic route to both sights. Torcal park was really impressive and we saw plenty of wild life in park in addition to the plants and geology.

My family and I had a great experience. The driver was timely and courteous. Our guide was exceptional.

A great overview of the major historical attractions in Malaga.