Visit to the Alhambra ( means: “qa’lat al-Hamra ‘», Red Castle), located at the top of the hill al-Sabika, in front of the neighborhoods Albaicin and Alcazaba. We know, first time in the IX century (889) Sawwar ben Hamdun took refuge in the Citadel and repair it due to several wars that plagued Cordovan Caliphate, which belonged Granada. The castle, was part of the walled city in the XI century. It turned into a military fortress, with a large panoramic view. In the XIII with century with the arrival of the first Nazari monarch, Mohamed ben Al-Hamar (Mohamed I, 1238-1273) it became in the royal residence.
This marked the beginning of its heyday. First all of, Alcazaba was reinforced, “Torre de la Vela” was built and began construction of the palace and walls which continued Mohamed II (1273-1302) and Mohamed III (1302-1309). Yúsúf I (1333-1353) and Mohamed V (1353-1391) were responsibles of vast majority of constructions that have reached our time. From reform of Alcazaba, palaces, through expanding walls, “la puerta de la justicia”, enlargement and decoration of towers, construction of Baths and the room of Comares, “Sala de la Barca”, “Patio de los Leones” and its outbuildings. From the time of the Catholic Kings until today just the “Carlos V Palace”. During French domination was blown up part of the fortress.
During the tour, will visit the “Charles V Palace, the Alcazaba, and adjacent areas, Nazarí Palaces and Generalife. Order depend on the schedule of the Nazarí Palaces, which is the only part of the tour with previous booking to regulate the flow of visitors. Total time is three hours and includes guide during the tour. It is strongly recommended and necessary to take this tour in advanced. Night Tours available under demand. Contact
Visit to the Historic Center and Albayzin: You can stroll through the Albayzin at sunset, walk the maze of narrow winding streets scented with jazmin, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Alhambra and contemplate the Carmenes’ Gardens (typical Moorish houses). This is the way to follow its Moorish roots. A deligth to the senses.
The Sacromonte quarter is where the gypsies that accompanied the troops of the Catholic Monarchs settled after the town was reconquered. It’s famous for its caves, where the gypsies continue to celebrate their fiestas with flamenco dancing and singing.
It was here where the traditional Zambra was born, with local dances and songs which are still enjoyed every evening. The route begins late afternoon. The group will be able to enjoy the views of the Alhambra a number of times throughout the evening. After the guided walking tour at twilight, all the members of the group will be treated to a drink and tapa, typical custom in Granada. Duration: two hours. It includes tour guide. Contact
Visit the Royal Chapel and the Cathedral of Granada: One of the greatest masterpieces in Renaissance architecture from the XVI Century is the Granada Cathedral, which was built on the grounds of the former Main Mosque. It was considered a symbol of power in the new Christian order of that period. The Royal Chapel, attached to it, equals the Cathedral in beauty. This is where the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferndinand, are buried. Joan the Mad and Phillip the Handsome are also buried in the chapel.
When touring with our official guides and standing below the main façade of the Cathedral you can appreciate the majesty of this Renaissance building. It seems that time has stopped in this corner of the town and one easily travels back in history when contemplating this colossal monument. The tour will take you through its different periods till present day. And once inside, you’ll understand the keys to its symbols and location, and you‘ll be able to admire the details of the artistic elements.
The Royal Chapel is impressive due to its solemnity. This mausoleum has two sets of sepulchers made in pure white Carrara marble which represent the personalities who are buried in this chapel. Within the chapel you can contemplate the iron screen which is one of the most outstanding in Spain. In the Sacristy you’ll find a collection of Flemish paintings belonging to Queen Isabella which illustrates her religious devotion. This is a guided tour to two of the most emblematic monuments of Granada that will take you through a period of great changes in the mentality of that time.
Two different worlds presented by two different styles in architecture: Gothic and Renaissance. The tour will describe a decisive moment in the history of Granada which then reflected in the rest of Spain.Duration: about two hours. It includes tour guide and entrance fees. Contact