You have an option to choose from a morning tour and an afternoon tour for the Alhambra Palace. Both the tours take you inside the Alhambra Palace with a live expert guide and provide you with an in-depth view and history of this architectural marvel. You can ask any number of questions to your knowledgeable and friendly guide. You will visit all the main parts of the Alhambra Palace; The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the Alcazaba.
Alhambra tickets are always high in demand and booking in advance is highly recommended. This tour has limited availability until the end of May, should the tour not be available on your chosen date, we have an alternative for you which includes an expert guide click here for more details>>
Morning Tour: Daily
Afternoon Tour: Daily except Sunday & Monday
4 hours approx.Start time
Morning Tour: Between 9:15am and 10:00am depending on your hotel location.
15th October to 14th March: Hotel pickup between 1:15pm and 1:45pm. Alternatively, at our Welcome Visitor Centre (Paseo de la Sabica, 15) at 1.50pm.
15th March to 14th October: Hotel pickup between 3:15pm and 3:45pm (depending on the schedule provided by the Patronato de la Alhambra) in your hotel of Granada city centre. To confirm the exact time, please call our local partner the day before the tour between 11am and 7pm (Saturday/ Sunday/ holidays, between 11am and 1pm)
Your hotel in Granada City Centre.
Please provide your hotel details in the special requests field at the time of booking. If you do not have this information please contact the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour with these details.)
Your hotel in Granada City Centre.
You will be collected from your hotel in Granada to begin your The Alhambra Palace tour.
You will tour the three main parts of the Alhambra Palace: The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the fortress of Alcazaba.
The Royal Palace:
The Royal Palace interior is lavishly decorated. Surfaces are adorned with intricate geometric designs skillfully executed in marble, glazed tile and alabaster. The Palace is divided into three sections. The first is the Mexuar where business, government, and palace administration took place. This section includes the Oratory and the striking Golden Room.
The second section is the Serrallo, where the sultans held court and entertained their ambassadors. In the heart of the Serrallo is the Court of the Myrtles with its long pool flanked by myrtle trees. The decorative tiles here are said to be some of the finest in the Alhambra. The Serrallo is also home to the Hall of the Ambassadors, which has a spectacular carved throne and a domed cedar-wood ceiling.
The third section of the Palace is the Harem, which in its time was entered only by the sultan, his wives and concubines, young children and eunuchs. The delightful Court of the Lions lies at the harem’s heart. The courtyard is named for the 12 lions, thought to represent the months or signs of the zodiac, which support the fountain at the center.
The Alcazaba is the Alhambra Palace’s original fortress. You will be able to walk up the steps to the watchtower for some splendid panoramas of Granada. You will also see the Royal Baths, where the sultans' favourite beauties once relaxed in brightly tiled pools, and the Renaissance palace of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
The Generalife was the summer retreat for the Moorish kings. Here you will stroll through the spectacular gardens, said to have been inspired by the Koranic description of Paradise. You will see tall columnar cypress trees, roses, orange trees, oleanders and other flowers as well as tranquil pools and tinkling fountains.
The schedule of the afternoon visit changes depending on the day and can be between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. To confirm the exact time please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour start time .
Groups regularly change in size and nationality. In order to facilitate these changes, your tour may be given in two different languages. Afternoon tours will mostly be conducted in English and Spanish.
The group size will never be larger than 30 people.
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.
Our tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens was wonderful. Our tour guide, Guillermo, was very informative and helped us truly understand the importance, mystery, and...daniela desouza, United States, 02/Mar/2017
Our guide gave an excellent tour of the Alhambra, reciting facts about its history and giving a good insight on the roles played by all who lorded over this site. We learned a...Dennis Gately, United States, 07/Jul/2017