Meet your official tour guide in central Granada in the morning, and begin with a visit to the city’s famous Alhambra citadel, a legacy of Spain’s Moorish golden age that sits majestically atop Sabika Hill.
Skip the entrance lines with your reserved ticket, and head straight inside the impressive royal complex that was once home to the sultans and nobles of the powerful Nasrid dynasty. During a 3-hour tour, listen to the rich history of Spain's Muslim rulers as you walk through the apartments, gardens, and architecturally stunning courtyards that have inspired countless artists and writers.
Take a break for lunch in the city center (own expense) before an afternoon exploration of the Albaicín, Granada’s well-preserved Arab quarter and oldest neighborhood. See historic highlights like the Plaza Nueva, Darro River, and Bañuelo hammam (Arab bathhouse), and admire dramatic views of the Alhambra from the San Nicolas lookout. Step inside 14th- and 15th-century Nasrid palaces like the Horno de Oro, home to the mother of Granada’s last sultan, where you’ll learn about the private lives and legacies of these Moorish nobles.