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Generalife Gardens

Generalife Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

1. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Discover the impressive architectural feat of Nasrid rulers, the Alhambra. At your own pace, meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra which are filled with fountains, hanging plants and paved pathways. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel at the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

2. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

Uncover the beauty of the millenary city, Granada, with the help of a local guide.  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.

Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces through the Senses Private Tour

3. Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces through the Senses Private Tour

Skip the line and jump long queues at the entrance of the monument, so you can start exploring the incredible World Heritage Site straight away. Your exclusive tour has been designed as a sensory experience, to amaze your with the history and art of the city of the Alhambra. Your guides will use audiovisual resources and objects from the era, which help you to recreate and imagine the times of the Nasrid dynasties of the Alhambra. Your guide will show you some of the most special items from the daily life of the Nasrid time in the Alhambra palace, offering you to touch, smell or taste them, revealing the mystery and unique vibes of that era. In addition, you will be able to grasp the essential technical aspects of the construction of the monument through the audiovisual content.

Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Albaicin Tour

4. Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Albaicin Tour

In the morning, you'll visit the Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain and one of the best examples of Islamic art in the world. Millions of visitors admire its palaces, gardens, and walls every year. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site on a combination tour. The Nasrid dynasty complex, built on the Sabika Hill, is the most impressive fortified complex of Muslim Spain and its walls still stand as witnesses to the golden age of Granada. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Albaicín, Granada’s ancient quarter, and certainly at one time the most beautiful. Walk along its narrow, cobbled streets, and admire the flowering balconies and stunning views of the Moorish fortress. Discover mansions built as residences for the Nasrid nobles during the 14th and 15th centuries. You’ll explore both the monumental Alhambra and the secret and charming Albaicín with your expert guide, stopping for a break for lunch in between. On this tour, enjoy a full day full of Spanish history and art.

Alhambra & Generalife Tour including Transport & Admission

5. Alhambra & Generalife Tour including Transport & Admission

A walk around the Alhambra Palace, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is a must for every visitor to Granada. It is a work of art that has appeal for many reasons, including its monumental size and historic importance, its attractive and elaborate rooms, and its exquisitely detailed Islamic art. The Alhambra was built as a fortress in 889 and converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Sultan Yusuf I. The Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty. On your 3-hour tour of the Alhambra, you’ll have at your disposal an official tourist guide who has extensive knowledge of Granada’s heritage. Your guide will take you through all sections of the red fortress, and will answer any questions you may have about this spectacular monument. Admire the Alcazaba Fortress, which is the oldest part of the Alhambra complex. In the past it served as a military precinct. The Generalife, situated to the east of the Alhambra , was the sultan’s summer palace. It is surrounded by vast gardens and features elegantly aging moorish architecture.

Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Arabian Bath Full-Day Tour

6. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Arabian Bath Full-Day Tour

Become a sultan of old Andaluz on a sightseeing tour of Alhambra, combined with a visit to a luxurious Arabian spa in the evening. In the morning, explore the history of Granada on a private tour of Alhambra and Generalife. One of the most important structures of the Middle Ages, Alhambra is also one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Learn about the 9th-century palace and fortress, and marvel at its magnificent mix of Moorish and Spanish culture. A hallmark of Granada's Moorish traditions is its use of water, especially in the Arabic baths. Granada's Hammam Al Andalus is a great way to unwind in the evening after a cultural day at Alhambra and Generalife. At Hammam Al Andalus, be welcomed in by the aromatic scent of essential oils. Bathing in the pools of different temperatures is a sure way to be eased into a state of heavenly calm, and if any stress still lingers, treat yourself to an optional massage.

Granada: Alhambra Full Complex & Andalusi Monuments Tickets

7. Granada: Alhambra Full Complex & Andalusi Monuments Tickets

Embark on an adventure and buy this ticket that includes a Alhambra visit. See the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife and Alcazaba as well as monuments such as Bañuelo, Casa Morisca (Horno de Oro St.), Dar al-Horra Palace, Chapíz House and Zafra House. Marvel at the Alhambra and Albaicín that are now connected by Dobla de Oro. Enjoy a cultural and tourist itinerary that tries to inspire the narrow links between the oldest neighborhood of the city through the visit to six Muslim monuments.  Alhambra and Generalife are both recognized as UNESCO World Heritage.

Alhambra and Granada Day Tour from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria

8. Alhambra and Granada Day Tour from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria

Take this full-day excursion from Roquetas de Mar to explore the most visited site in Spain, the exquisite Alhambra in Granada. Start the morning with a drive through the Sierra Nevada, between the rivers Darro and Genil. Passing through the desert of Tabernas, you'll reach the golden, · cobblestoned city of Granada where you will get some free time to explore it on your own pace. Attractions you will see include the Nasrid Palaces & the Generalife Gardens.  Move on to the monumental Alhambra and get skip-the-line entry to explore the vast complex, constructed during the mid-14th century by the Berber rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus. You will also see the Renaissance palace built by Emperor Charles V inside the Arab stronghold. One of Spain’s most magnificent examples of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra delights with its harmonious blend of Islamic architecture and dreamy gardens. Take a pause for lunch before driving back along the Mediterranean coast, skirting the Sierra Nevada National Park to Roquetas de Mar on the sunny Mediterranean Coast.

Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Traditional Meal

9. Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Traditional Meal

A tour of the Alhambra is a must for every visitor to the city of Granada, to explore the exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the elaborate rooms and the historic position of this spectacular monument all with the help of an official guide.   You will be guided through every part of the Alhambra, starting at the Alcazaba fortress, the most antique area of the monument complex. You will discover the many rooms of the Nasrid Palaces, including the enchanting Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares and the Palace of Leones. Next you will visit the Generalife, the sultan’s summer palace, surrounded by beautifully landscaped Islamic gardens filled with a great variety of vegetation.   After your Alhambra tour, enjoy a meal of fresh seafood in a traditional restaurant. You can taste traditional cuisine, full of flavor and color, and benefit from attentive service. The restaurant offers a varied menu with many fish dishes and seafood paella, among other delicious options. You will even have the opportunity to taste "bartolillo", a traditional desert of delicious pastries filled with cream.

Granada Day and Night: Complete Alhambra and Flamenco Show

10. Granada Day and Night: Complete Alhambra and Flamenco Show

Take a day tour allowing you to explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with a skip-the-line, guaranteed access ticket. See thousands of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. With an informative audio guide in hand, you can go at your own pace and follow your own route for a tour that is perfect for you. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology you will see throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in the Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise. At night, you will have the chance to enjoy an exclusive flamenco show. Unique to this part of the world, this traditional gypsy dance mixes and complements with the charm of the city of Granada.

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What people are saying about Generalife Gardens

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 43,789 reviews

I can't imagine doing a tour without a guide ever again! We learned so much about Spanish history and the geography of the region during this tour. Our guide paced the tour very well, was friendly, knowledgable and happy to answer questions. The Alhambra is a magnificent structure and not to be missed!

It was perfect excursion organized perfectly by PEPE TOURS. All was on time with very comfortable trip. All provided before the trip was followed 100%, including preliminary coordination by phone and payment requirements.

Our local guide Haby was excellent and the visit was so interesting. We were a group of 10 which was perfect. Loved our Alhambra experience

So much to absorb it was nice to have a knowledgeable guide! Very enjoyable.

All important points were systematically visited by the tour/guide.