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Things to do in Granada, Spain

Come for the Alhambra, stay for the fascinating fusion of cultural traditions, ancient and modern alike.

Our most recommended things to do in Granada, Spain

Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

1. Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

Explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with this 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, 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.

Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour

2. Granada: Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour

See the Alhambra Palace, a must-see for any visitor in the city of Granada. This Unesco World Heritage Site boasts attractive and elaborate rooms, a monumental and historic position, and exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture. Transform your visit into an extraordinary experience, rich with knowledge and history with an official local guide. Your expert interpreter of Granada’s heritage will escort you through every part that forms the “Red Fortress". Your guide will also answer any additional questions you may have about this spectacular monument. Explore the Alcazaba fortress, formerly a military precinct and the most antique area of the Alhambra complex. Marvel at the Nasrid Palaces including the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Palace of Leones. Finally, discover the Generalife, the sultan’s summer palace situated east of the Alhambra and surrounded by wide gardens filled with a great variety of vegetation, framed by a beautiful Islamic landscape.

Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

3. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces & Gardens

4. 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.

Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

5. Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

Immerse yourself in Granada’s Andalusian Flamenco culture at a live performance in an authentic gypsy cave home. Enjoy an uplifting show performed by live dancers and musicians in one of Sacromonte's cave homes, a limestone dwelling that has been inhabited since the 15th century.  Since Cuevas Los Tarantos was founded in 1972, it has been providing locals and visitors with splendid Flamenco shows. Experience Spain’s soul-stirring gift to the world of music, in the neighborhood that Flamenco calls home. Zambra is a nightly show held at Cuevas Los Tarantos and features a large cast of artists, including prominent figures in Granada’s Flamenco world. Enjoy 1 free drink with your ticket. If you'd like to add to your experience, order more drinks at the bar or dine on traditional Spanish cuisine at your own expense and revel in the splendor of Flamenco.

Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

6. Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

Immerse yourself in Spanish tradition with an exciting flamenco show in Granada. Enjoy reserved seating with excellent views of the performance and choose to indulge with an Iberian assortment of ham and chorizo and a glass of wine. Enjoy a magical Flamenco show perfect for the whole family performed at a venue in the center of Granada. Sip on a glass of tasty Spanish wine paired with traditional Spanish snacks if you choose this option. Benefit from a reserved seating area and a large selection of local wines (available to purchase). Feel the passion vibrating off the dancers’ bodies and get ready to spend a perfect cultural night seeing in person a professional flamenco show, a tradition whose popularity started to grow in the 18th century.

Alhambra: Complete Ticket with Audioguide

7. Alhambra: Complete Ticket with Audioguide

Pickup your tickets then head into the Alhambra complex to explore this 600-year-old site at your own pace with an audioguide. With your ticket, access the entire complex including the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife. From your audioguide, hear all about the history of Granada and the Alhambra, as well as how the site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. You’ll also learn about the former sultans that once resided here during the Nasrid Dynasty. Inside, stroll through the complex and admire the impressive and intricate architecture of the palaces. Then, soak up the tranquility of Generalife, the Emir’s old summer palace which boasts a stunning rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. You’ll also get to see the complex’s military fortress, Alcazaba, which offers sweeping views of Granada and the surrounding mountains.

Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

8. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Get a taste of medieval Granada with an unforgettable guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife grounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax knowing your ticket to the palatial city includes entry to the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress, and Generalife grounds. Best of all, choose a small-group or private guided experience, depending on your preference.  Your expert local guide will collect you from just outside the complex, ensuring that you access the Alhambra grounds via a separate group entrance. You will also enjoy separate group access with your guide when entering the Generalife Palace.  Take in the tranquility of the Emirs’ old summer palace at the Generalife, including a beautiful rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. Hear all about the history of the city of Granada and the Alhambra in this tranquil setting.  Your guide will take you into the Nasrid Palaces, the old Moorish palaces, where you can get up close to the iconic Islamic decorative details. Enjoy the colorful geometric tiling and various courtyard water features, including the famous Patio de los Leones. Architecture and art fans will enjoy the iconic Islamic and Mudéjar styles in the grounds. Visit the Alcazaba with your guide to see the royal fortress, so strong it was used for many centuries after its construction. Climb the steps of the Watch Tower here to get unrivaled views of the city of Granada below you, including the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods. Roam the free areas of the complex at the end of the tour, whether you want to take in more of the beautiful gardens or visit other features such as the Palace of Carlos V, a Renaissance palace dating from the 16th century. Enjoy breathtaking views of the old Arabic Quarter of Granada, the Albaicín, from numerous viewing points in the Moorish palace complex.

Granada: Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

9. Granada: Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Expereince the Alhambra, the most important and captivating monument in Muslim Spain and one of the most-visited attractions in Spain. The Alhambra shows the heritage of the Nasrid dynasty, which you can discover as you explore the Alcazaba, the Comares Palace and the Generalife gardens. Take the opportunity to visit the Alhambra accompanied by an official guide who will explain the secrets, stories and artistic details of the place for 3 hours. Skip needing to queue or have waiting times, to enjoy the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba and the Generalife Gardens. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to begin this walking tour. The tour will begin by visiting the walled citadel, the first vestiges before it became the seat of the Nasrid emirs of Granada. Continue until reaching the Alcazaba, the oldest area of the Alhambra and military area. Discover the impressive Torres Bermejas and take a photo at the top of the Torre de la Vela, where you can capture the best views of the Albaicín neighborhood. Visit the heart of the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces. Moorish-style patios, and royal quarter. Your guide will reveal all the history and legends of how opulent palaces were built for Muslim rulers. To end the visit, enjoy the Generalife Gardens, the resting place of the kings of the city. Take in its architecture, decorations, and gardens.

Granada: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

10. Granada: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

Enjoy a relaxing Arabic tradition at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus, and experience the refreshing sensation of authentic hot, cold and warm steam rooms, fed by thermal waters. Bathing can be alternated with periods of relaxation in the relaxation room where you can sip on mint tea and unwind to soothing Andalusian music. Located at the foot of the Alhambra, behind the ancient mosque, now known as the Church of Santa Ana, Hammam Al Ándalus is dedicated to stress-free experiences. Move freely between the hot, warm and cold baths, recreating the original rhythm of an Andalusian Hammam. Top it all off in the steam room, which you can return to as often as you like between swims, and unwind in the rest room.

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What people are saying about Granada, Spain

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4.5 / 5

based on 61,050 reviews

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 guide was excellent with sharing the history of the neighborhoods and we saw several viewpoints of the city. At the end a very helpful list of restaurant and bar recommendations was given that helped me to enjoy the city more with food and authentic atmospheres.

This was an excellent tour with proper sit down meals. Very enjoyable tour with a very knowledgeable guide.

The ticket bought in advance allowed us to walk in straightaway and avoid queues.

I had a great time exploring Sierra Nevada with Jaime. I highly recommend.