Visit the site of the old Arab silk market, Alcaicería, now full of colorful shops. Stand in awe at the Cathedral, one of the masterpieces of Spanish Renaissance and see its gorgeous “Capilla Real” (Royal Chapel).
Discover the blend of cultures that makes this Andalusian city what it is today. Hear about Granada’s Golden Age under Nasrid rule when it was one of the richest cities in Europe, and learn about its Catholic and Muslim periods.
Walk uphill to Albaycin, the old Moorish quarter, now a UNESCO World Heritage listed neighborhood. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and admire the lovely Moorish architecture. Stop to see stunning views of the rose-red Alhambra Palace on the adjacent hill.
2 hoursStart time
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The Granada Historic Center & Albaycin Walking Tour reveals the layers of fascinating history that have created the present-day city of Granada. You will tour the heart of the city and the labyrinthine streets of the old Moorish quarter, Albaycin, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The adventure begins at Plaza Bib-Rambla. As you walk, your knowledgeable guide will entertain you with tales of the city’s turbulent past. As well as the historic landmarks, you’ll also notice Granada’s many lively restaurants and bars and your guide can recommend good places to check out after the tour is over.
You’ll see the famous Granada cathedral, a Spanish Renaissance masterpiece on Gothic foundations. It was built by Queen Isabella immediately after the Christian conquest of Granada on the site of an ancient mosque. One of its most famous features is the exquisite Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) where Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II, as well as other royals, are buried.
You’ll visit the Alcaicería, formerly the Moorish silk market. The neighborhood was destroyed by fire in 1843 and what you see now is a 19th century restoration full of colorful souvenir shops. Another landmark is the Plaza del Carmen, the site for a convent and a church built in the 16th century.
Your guide will then lead you uphill to Albaycin, the old Arab quarter, built on a medieval town plan with cobbled streets and small squares. Admire the attractive houses in Moorish and Andalusian style and let the centuries roll back as you explore the warren of narrow alleys.
If the scent of kebabs fills your nostrils, don’t be surprised. It’s not a ghostly echo of the past. Some of the Islamic flavor has indeed returned to the Albaycin thanks to a growing North African population which has introduced kebab, cake and tea shops and even a brand-new mosque.
stop to see magnificent views of rose red Alhambra Palace at Carvajales. Make sure you have your camera with you to capture this panorama before heading back downhill to Plaza Bib-Rambla where your tour ends.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please print a voucher and show it to your guide at the start of the tour to receive your ticket.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Excellent, the guide was very thorough and spoke good English, very enjoyable...MRS D HANSON, United Kingdom, 28/Apr/2014
Really pleasant experience. Lovely guide. So informative. Took us all around the back streets of Granada. Sure we never have seen half of what he showed us on our own....Vivienne Sutton, United Kingdom, 22/Dec/2014