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Granada: Cathedral and/or Royal Chapel Tour

1. 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.

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: Royal Chapel, Cathedral and Monastery of San Jerón

3. Granada: Royal Chapel, Cathedral and Monastery of San Jerón

With this combined tour, you can enjoy the three most characteristic monuments of Granada linked to the Catholic Monarchs and Emperor Carlos V. Start your tour at the Plaza Bib-Rambla where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, you'll enter the Royal Chapel, built for Isabel la Católica, who is buried next to Fernando de Aragón. After discovering its splendid marble tombs and the rich collection of Flemish paintings personally owned by the queen, you will visit the Cathedral of Granada, built by Emperor Carlos V. This Cathedral was erected by the hands of the architect Diego de Siloé on the Alhama mosque, making it one of the first Renaissance works in the country. Finally, complete your experience with a visit to the splendid Monastery of San Jerónimo, built by the Catholic Monarchs to extol the military and heroic greatness of the Grand Captain, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. Of particular note in this building is the main altar, where Gonzalo was buried, it is truly a sight to behold.

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

4. 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: Albaicín, Sacromonte & Museum of Caves Walking Tour

5. Granada: Albaicín, Sacromonte & Museum of Caves Walking Tour

Visit some of the most emblematic quarters of Granada. No trip to Granada is complete without having visited the Albaicín and Sacromonte. The tour will pass through Albaicín, protected as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Also known as the old Muslim Quarter, it contains labyrinthine streets through which you will discover the fascinating world of Al-Andalus and enjoy the famous landscape of Granada from San Nicolás' viewpoint and more. You will then head to the Sacromonte Quarter, which contains more than 3,000 caves and panoramic views from hidden areas. Here you will get to know and understand gypsy culture in the Museo de las Cuevas, a place that demonstrates their history through legends and flamenco dancing. Your tour will also pass through principle Granada sites such as the Plaza Nueva, Placeta de San Gregorio and Casa Enrique Morente, all of which are prone for ideal photo opportunities.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide

6. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide

Explore the Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with this skip-the-ticket-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, 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 Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise. Please note that entrance to the Nasrid Palaces is not included in this tour. Choose to discover this attraction with either an audio guide or an official guide. Upgrade your tour to include a 1.5-hour bus tour in Granada with an optional audio guide. Visit the City Center, the Albaicin and Realejo neighborhoods. The bus tour can be done before or after the visit to the Alhambra. Bring your own headphones or rent a headset for an additional fee.

Granada: Albayzin and Sacromonte Walking Tour

7. Granada: Albayzin and Sacromonte Walking Tour

Explore the Islamic quarter and historic Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Walk between the narrow streets of the Albayzín, and admire the culture of the gypsies in the stunning caves of Sacromonte. Departing from the central Plaza Nueva, learn the history of Granada, a city which has been a hotbed of art and architecture since the 11th century. Explore Albayzín, considered one of the city’s most delightful neighborhoods. This is the part of the city where the Spanish-Muslim architecture is at its most spectacular, and the views of the Alhambra are stunning. Discover the essence of Islamic Granada along a labyrinth of narrow streets. Discover Sacromonte and admire one of the best-known gypsy neighborhoods in Spain, and see the traditional caves where people still live, surrounded by nature and the culture and art of Andalucia. Admire the views of the city from a place where art, nature and heritage are their most attractive.

Granada: The Interior of the Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

8. Granada: The Interior of the Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

Take a guided visit around the interior of the Royal Chapel and Cathedral. Discover these impressive Gothic and Renaissance monuments in Andalusia with an expert guide who is a specialist in Granada. The Cathedral of Granada, built on the site of the former Great Mosque, is a grandiose monument of 16th century architecture and an imposing symbol of the power of Christendom. Alongside it is the smaller, but equally beautiful, Royal Chapel. The chapel is home to the tombs of the Catholic Kings and the final resting places of Juana la Loca and Felipe el Hermoso. Examine the symbols of these magnificent monuments from a historical, political, and architectural perspective. Discover their significance in a city that was creating a new identity for itself. 

Granada: Capilla Real and Monasterio Cartuja Tour

9. Granada: Capilla Real and Monasterio Cartuja Tour

Your experience will begin with you touring the Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Cartuja. Built on the grounds of a beautiful Arab farm, few places in Granada manage to surprise their visitors with this much. As soon as you go through the main door, you will be beginning a journey through different artistic styles, discovering in the process the life and customs of this community of monks which lived at this site until 1835. You will also be able to take delight unveiling the impressive treasures hidden inside their walls. You will continue your route crossing the Calle Gran Vía de Colón, following the Calle Cárcel Baja on the way to the Catedral de Granada. The arrival of the Reyes Católicos in the last Arab bastion of the Iberian Peninsula meant a dramatic change in the model of the city. The Catedral Renacentista de Granada is a chant to grandiosity where the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical are mixed; displaying the new institutional, political, and religious power. You will then travel down Calle Oficios to enter the Capilla Real. Chosen by the Reyes Católicos as their last dwelling, this temple stands as a symbol of the restoration of the Granada church, showing the great wealth of its artistic heritage and nourishing its spirit with its transcendent sense and beauty.

From Seville: Private Transfer to Granada and Córdoba Tour

10. From Seville: Private Transfer to Granada and Córdoba Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Seville and journey to the impressive city of Córdoba. Go to the Mezquita de Córdoba to look at its intricate arches and marvel at one of the finest examples of Islamic art in Spain. Then, stroll the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and contrast the patios of colorful flowers with the whitewashed walls and Spanish tiles. Discover highlights such as the Royal Stables and Alcázar before sampling local tapas, such as flamenquin (pork roll) and salmorejo (tomato and bread) at your own expense. Pass the historic water mills of the Guadalquivir River before heading to Granada, where more treasures await.

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What people are saying about Granada

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 244 reviews

Advisable experience, fast and well-organized access Our guide Jesús very professional but at the same time pleasant To say something go to improve the meeting point it is not clear when it is hired and they should specify it better because it leads to misunderstandings.

The Alhambra and the Nasrid palaces are undoubtedly an unavoidable visit. And it makes it even more interesting when you go with a guide of Natalia's level, which makes the visit even more spectacular. Thank you very much Natalie!

The activity was amazing. Belen handle wonderfully all the historic information. Thank you!!!

We did the audio guide tour and we loved being able to go at our own pace.

Beautiful place, great restaurant. We really enjoyed it