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Granada Cathedral, Granada

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

Granada Cathedral, Granada: Our most recommended tours and activities

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces & Gardens

1. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces & Gardens

Get a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Alhambra, Nasrid Palace, Alcazaba, and Generalife Gardens. Hear all about the history and culture of Granada from your guide. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to join this walking tour around Granada. First, access the Alhambra and admire the medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation.  Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of Granada's Nasrid emirs. Continue to the Alcazaba, a fortress, one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, and explore the stunning Vermilion Towers (Torres Bermejas).  Immerse yourself in the Alcazaba. Make sure you take a photo a the top of the cliff, as you will capture the view of the Albaicín neighborhood. Next up, visit the Nasrid Palaces. See the Moorish-style courtyards, reception halls, and royal quarters are at the heart of the Alhambra.  Listen as your guide tells you all about the antique wooden ceilings, brightly colored tiles, and history of this beautiful mansion built for the Spanish Muslim rulers.  Lastly, visit the Generalife Gardens, which used to be a leisure place for the kings of Granada to get away from the official affairs of the palace. End the day on a high and relax and chill in the gardens. Admire the magnificent architecture, fascinating decorations, gardens, fountains, and courtyards.

Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

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

3. 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, an open deck in summer, and onboard audio guides in 12 languages, available at an extra cost (with 2 special kids channels in Spanish and English). Choose between the two ticket options offered and take a single one-way trip or enjoy the experience to hop on and off as many times as you wish at any stop. Experience the city's essence from the monumental Alhambra to the atmospheric Albaicín. Explore the Realejo district, stop for a coffee in Plaza Nueva, 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. Alhambra Route (Green Line) trains run every 30 – 45 minutes: • Alhambra Generalife/Taquillas• 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

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.

From Granada: Cordoba and Mezquita Full Day Tour

5. 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: Alhambra tickets and other attractions

6. Granada: Alhambra tickets and other attractions

-Tickets to the Alhambra: discover one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Admire the architecture and gardens of the Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces of Granada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore all aspects of this treasured landmark and gain a greater understanding of its history and cultural significance. Discover the main fortification, the Alcazaba, and enjoy the fantastic views of the city of Granada from its watchtower, the Torre de la Vela. Explore the Nasrid Palaces and stroll through the reception rooms and royal apartments in the heart of the Alhambra. Admire the ornate Moorish design of the elegant interiors. Enter the Palace of Carlos V and see the works of art and artifacts housed within a beautiful Renaissance-era building. Finally, stroll through the tranquil Generalife Gardens and listen to the sound of rushing water from the beautiful fountains. -Guided visit to the Albayzin and Sacromonte. Enjoy the best-known neighborhoods of Granada with our official guides and don't miss the must-see viewpoints! -Tickets to the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Get to know the Cathedral of Granada, this fantastic masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance where Diego de Siloé built this Renaissance temple on Gothic foundations. Visit the Gothic-style Royal Chapel temple where the Catholic Monarchs rest inside. Please notice the date you select is valid to visit the Alhambra, check with Discovering Spain the exact time. Check availability for the other attractions included in your package

Granada: Cathedral and Royal Chapel Guided Tour with Tickets

7. Granada: Cathedral and Royal Chapel Guided Tour with Tickets

We will discover with the Cathedral the summit of the Spanish Renaissance and with the Royal Chapel we can understand why the Catholic Monarchs chose Granada to bury their bodies

Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

8. 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: Walking Tour of the Cathedral and Albaicin

9. Granada: Walking Tour of the Cathedral and Albaicin

Discover the Cathedral and Royal Chapel of Granada as well as the Albaicin and Sacromonte neighborhoods on a guided walking tour. Learn about and visit the Royal Chapel, the Mausoleum of the Catholic Monarchs and some of their descendants, and the monumental center around the cathedral. In the afternoon, you will visit the old Arab city, which is now the Albaicín neighborhood and the most flamenco neighborhood in Spain. Check out the famous caves of the flamenco tablaos, the Sacromonte.

From Malaga and Costa Del Sol: Granada Day Trip

10. From Malaga and Costa Del Sol: Granada Day Trip

Make the most of your Costa del Sol vacation with a day trip to one of Andalusia's most emblematic cities, Granada. Get picked up from one of the convenient meeting points and dropped off in the city center to explore at your own pace. After getting picked up from your chosen meeting point in Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, or Fuengirola, begin the journey to Granada. Take in views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and stop for breakfast along the way (not included in tour price). Upon arrival in Granada, enjoy up to five hours of free time to explore the city at your own pace. You could admire the Renaissance architecture of the Cathedral of Granada or visit the Moroccan tea shops on Calle Elvira for a mint tea or lemonade. Alternatively, spend the day exploring Granada's renowned tapas bars. The streets surrounding Plaza Nueva and Calle Elvira are buzzing with traditional bars where a free tapa is served with every drink. If the Alhambra is on your bucket list, you could use your free time to visit the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife. You could also wander through the streets of the Albaicin and take in panoramic views from Mirador San Nicolas or get lost in the streets of Sacromonte, the cradle of gypsy culture, and listen to the sound of flamenco music floating down the hills. At the end of the day, meet your guide back at the meeting point and hop back on the bus for the journey back to your pickup point.

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What people are saying about Granada Cathedral, Granada

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Very good tour with Havi as our guide. Very informative and brought the various buildings to life. My partner had visited before without a guide and found this visit a Hugh improvement. Pretty chilly (5 degrees Celsius- it’s was December), so do wrap up warm. Don’t bother with the coffee from the machine in the souvenir shop, even if it is free as part of the tour - the worst coffee of the 10 days we spent in Spain!

The Alhambra is enormous, so prepare yourself for a lot of walking much walking and climbing up and down stairs. For this septuagenarian knees were not thrilled with the tour but the rest of me was. The scope and size of the Alhambra is overwhelming, but our excellent guide paced the tour and presented the whole compound it to give a full feeling of the architectural wonder that it is.

Wonderful experience! Small group, interesting context and facts about the Alhambra. Guide was gracious, informative and able to answer all questions! Also, able to bypass some of the long lines and planned route avoided some of the crowds. Much appreciated! All in all, well worth the price.

Great tour of the Alhambra, very informative and lifesaver because we didn't realize things bet booked way in advance in winter

super great guide, fluent English and specific introductions, very experienced and highly recommend