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  • Location:Costa del Sol, Spain
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Granada - The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens

Enhance your experience of Granada and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder on a full-day trip to the Alhambra Palace from Costa del Sol. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the opulent chambers and grand courtyards of the resplendent palace complex and delve into the rich Moorish history of the structure. Stroll through the botanical beauty of the Generealife Gardens while listening to anecdotes of the extravagant emperors that used to inhabit to palace. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Costa del Sol. 


  • Full-day trip to Granada from the Costa del Sol
  • Take in views of the beautiful Andalusian landscape at Riofrio
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Take a tour of Charles V Palace
  • Enjoy free time in central Granada for explore the city at your leisure
  • Pickup and drop off from central meeting places on the Costa del Sol

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What You Can Expect

Granada - The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens

The Alhambra, Granada

Greet your local guide in a central Costa del Sol location and relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan during the journey to Granada. Stop briefly in Riofrio along the way to discover a quaint village with a gorgeous green landscape. 

On arrival, head straight inside the majestic Moorish palace and begin your guided tour; listen to the intriguing origin of the palace complex and see for yourself why the site is considered on of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture in the world. 

Stroll through the Nasrid Palaces and hear of the extravagant emperors that lived within them; note the stark contrast of the Renaissance style of the Charles V Palace; and then take a leisurely wander through the Generalife Gardens to see exotic flowers and distinctive water features in harmonious display. 

Continue to Granada’s charming center and enjoy a traditional Spanish lunch at a rustic restaurant (own expense). Discover more of Granada’s impressive monuments during some relaxed free time and then relax during the drive back to Costa del Sol. 

Advance bookings are highly recommended, as Alhambra access is limited to a specific amount of guests each day.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I'm not sure you can go to southern Spain and miss a day trip to Granada. The Gardens were lovely and the palace gave us such a sense of amazing Ottoman architecture and easy to see how the Spanish reinvented some motifs which eventually became what we see in the southwest of the US. A good day trip - it's a must.

Cynthia T D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

tour guide and driver were pleasant and knowledgeable .English is limited versus Spanish even if the majority of tourists were English speaking. The tour guide for the Alhambra Palace was very good and knowledgeable but again not as clear in English as in Spanish. I'm sure the Gardens were more colorful in the spring and summertime, but overall we enjoyed the Palace and the recommendations for lunch and places to go in the city center of Granada were accurate .Wish we had more time.

Jim P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow. What a place, with amazing history. Our local guide was very knowledgeable. Had a great lunch in Granada. Tour guide, Nati, was very helpful. Our driver Diego was great. Definitely a must see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

very interesting to learn about the history from an experienced guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This is a fantastic trip. The Guides are excellent . IIt was a thorough enjoyable trip.

Kathy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Loved this tour. What great history.

Maxine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Beautifull gardens and palace, definitely worth a visit.Helps to put the hystory of the moorish invasion of Spain into reality.If visiting out of season take warm cardigan or coat as positioned in the mountains and really cold in the gardens and palace.Trip well organised with plentry of coffee breaks.

Hasib H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was excellent, we loved the fact that the tour guide spoke English and only English not 3 other languages along with it. Very informative tour, we would recommend this tour to others.

Goran K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We were very satisfied with this tour.

Imelda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Tour guide in Granada very knowledgeable with good sense of humor.
Ensured that customer with physical disability was attended.
Thank you , I recommend to take tour .

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