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  • Location: Granada, Spain
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

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Explore Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens on this 2.5-hour skip-the-line walking tour, led by a professional local guide. With hotel pickup and drop-off from your centrally located Granada hotel included, this tour guarantees you'll have an Alhambra ticket (limited ticket numbers are allocated per day) and allows you to visit UNESCO-listed Alhambra with minimum fuss. Admire stunning Moorish architecture in the Nasrid Palaces and gain a glimpse into the lavish lives of the sultans who once lived here.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Alhambra and Generalife Gardens walking tour
  • Visit Alcazaba Fortress, the Nasrid Palaces and the Palace of Charles V
  • Learn about the sultans and Moorish kings who once made Alhambra their home
  • Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at a leisurely pace with your expert local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your centrally located Granada hotel included
  • Secure your Alhambra ticket and jump the queues on this half-day trip

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

Generalife Gardens, Granada

Your friendly local guide will pick you up from your Granada hotel by air-conditioned minibus and then whisk you away to La Sabica Hill to visit its most dramatic monument – Alhambra. Perched high on the hill overlooking the city, the incredible palace complex was first built as a fortress at the start of the 13th century. Successions of Spanish rulers made Alhambra their home, and the fortress grew into a medina (little hilltop city) with numerous palaces and lavish gardens.

Skip past the long entrance lines with your priority access ticket and walk around inside with your guide, hearing all the history of this fascinating site. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alhambra is a treasure trove of Moorish architecture and you’ll see several of its wonders as you tour its highlights. Admire decadent rooms inside the Nasrid Palaces like the Hall of Ambassadors (Salón de los Embajadores) and Myrtle Courtyard (Patio of los Arrayanes), and marvel at the architecture of Pedro Machuca at the Palace of Charles V.

Step inside the Hall of Abencerrajes to gaze up at its star-shaped domed ceiling, and hear the tale of the massacre that took place here during a 15th century banquet. You’ll also see Alhambra’s Royal Baths; plainly decorated, not ornate, in line with the belief that bathing was a religious requirement not a luxury.

After exploring the palaces, head to the Generalife Gardens to discover where the sultans and Moorish kings of bygone days once relaxed. Featuring abundant flora and distinctive water features, the gardens also comprise two further courtyards, which you’ll see, the Patio de la Acequia and the Patio de la Sultana.

At the end of your 2.5-hour Alhambra tour, your guide will drop you back at your Granada hotel by minibus.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was excellent! We were able to skip the line to get into Alhambra, which saved us some time since the lines can get quite long. Our guide was really informative and taught us all about the history and the architecture of the palace and the gardens. It's such a beautiful place to see, and you really have to see it in person! Photos don't do it justice. I had a great time and learned so much!!! I really recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Skipping the line at the Granada is the best way to save time on your trip! When we left the line was really long, so we were fortunate to have skipped it. Having a guide was also a highlight of the visit. He was incredibly informative and was able to answer all of our questions well. The nice thing about the tour is that you are given a headset so you can wander around a bit and still be able to hear your guide--you don't have to be right next to him. We learned so much about the history of the Alhambra and Generalife and saw so much! The place is huge so it was really helpful be led through the grounds--we would have had no idea where to go if we were on our own. One thing I would keep in mind, though, is that in order to cover so much, the tour moves a little quickly, so you are walking pretty briskly for parts of it. We highly recommend this tour!

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