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Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

1. 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 Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

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

Experience 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 private guide who will explain the secrets, stories, and artistic details of the complex. Meet your guide at the Alhambra to begin this walking tour. The tour will start 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 the royal quarter. Your guide will reveal all the history and legends of how opulent palaces were built for Islamic 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.

Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

3. 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: 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.

Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

5. 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.

From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

6. 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: Alhambra Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

7. 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. 

Granada: Flamenco Show in Albaycin - Jardines de Zoraya

8. Granada: Flamenco Show in Albaycin - Jardines de Zoraya

Experience the flamenco culture of southern Spain at an atmospheric tablao in Granada’s Albaycín neighborhood, just minutes from the San Nicolás viewpoint. Take your seats for the show, consisting of several different palos (flamenco styles), from the soleá to an alegría. Watch as 2 dancers are accompanied by a passionate flamenco singer, a guitar player, and a percussionist.

Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

9. 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.

Fast-Track Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Guided Tour

10. Fast-Track Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Guided Tour

Learn about the history of Granada on this 3-hour guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife summer palace. An informative guide will lead you around the vast complex, dating back more than 600 years. Marvel at a magnificent mix of Islamic art and culture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the Alhambra was a courtly city where the sultans of the Nasrid Dynasty lived. In addition to the ornate palaces of the sultans, your guide will take you the military fortress for rewarding views of Granada and the surrounding mountains. Then walk over to the Generalife. Built as a place of leisure for the Moorish Kings of Granada in the 14th century, its beautiful gardens are abundant with diverse flora and stunning water features. One writer poetically described it as the "water that cries."

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Visiting this exhibit was a very sobering experience. I was already fairly aware of what went on during the years of the Spanish Inquisition, but seeing the implements of torture up close and personal, and reading the detailed history and explanations was an experience that I think everyone should have. I was hesitant to bring my 12 year old son, but he insisted, and while he is mature enough to understand what he saw, it did affect him emotionally, so perhaps not for young children, but an experience I am glad to have had. Due to the seriousness of the exhibit, all of the visitors were respectfully silent, which added to the sombreness of the atmosphere. I would recommend this to anyone interested in history and in finding out more about this dark time in history. On a happier note, the building is located in the historical heart of Granada, so there are lots of other things to do in the area after you get back out into the sunshine.

I was absolutely blown away by the level of professionalism of the singer, dancers and guitarist. The raw passion they exuded during the performance was incredible! I was reluctant to attend, as I thought it would be catering for tourists, and I'm not a huge fan of dance in general, but my wife insisted, and I'm glad she did. Without exaggeration, it was the best musical performance I have ever seen, and I worked in the music business for years, and have seen hundreds of performances by very famous artists. No joke, there were tears in my eyes at the end of the performance - it was a very emotional experience, and I would recommend it to everyone visiting Granada without reservation.

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 tour was fantastic. The young woman that was our initial guide (while on the bus) was excellent and spoke 4 or 5 languages flawlessly. Once we arrived, the onsite guide was equally well spoken in multiple languages and was able to provide an ongoing explanation and answer all questions from the group. The site itself is spectacular and its history fascinating. Highly recommend taking this tour!

Guide Ruth is very knowledgeable and took it calmly, we had an enjoyable experience!