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Our guide for this tour, Antonio, was amazing!
we went with Granavision and were picked up outside Plaza Nueva in centre granada by a lovely lady that put us three on a minibus and drove to the tourist centre.
There we were given ear pieces to listen to the guide while on the go, and then smaller groups were formed based on the language or country of origin.
As my parents spoke Italian only, the tour operator was so accommodating as to send us with a spanish group where the guide could speak both languages: Antonio.He was a blessing on this occasion, as the tour gives so much content and information that you want to understand it all to truly appreciate the magic of the place.
Antonio was always considerate to translate for us and I found the pace he kept perfect for not being stuck between too many other groups, as the morning time was pretty busy even in February.
We went to the Nassir palaces first, then had a break for toilets/snack/souvenirs half way through 2 hours in, and then followed to he Carlo V and alcazaba, to finish with the Generalife gardens.
Overall it takes 4 hours from in/out from the gate and given that might be taxing on some people, there are options for those needing a break or some respite. One example was the visit to the alcazaba where the ascent to the main tower was at the discretion of the people wiling to do it. The visit finished with a lovely overview of the gardens and a thorough explanation of the last 300 years of history marking its landmarks that conveys the deep and travailed evolutions of the Alhambra. Antonio was so nice as to give us three a private one on one recap/translation of it all, after the tour was finished, as we weren't in a hurry and were waiting for the minibus to go back down into town. One could tell how he respects and love the whole place. His passion and sentiments in giving little facts such as the meaning of arab verse carved in the marbles here and there, just those most significative, completely changed the whole experience for us. You want emotions and feelings to be there when visiting this place. It screams for them, and a bare indication of what is what while ambling around wouldn't cut it. For these reason I highly recommend Antonio and Granavision tours to anyone going to this magic place.
For general info, definitely choose the morning tour. I cannot even imagine what the afternoon is like, crowd wise. We went in low season, were blessed by the weather that split open to blue skies for the day, and had a comfortable day overall. Lots of people but not too bad. If you go during the hotter months you ABSOLUTELY do not want the afternoon slot.
Also book early in advance!
This was the reason we came to Granada. We paid the entrance fee in advance and had a fabulous guide in Victor. Fascinating tour and very well organised with staggered timed entry so there were never too many people in any one place so easy to take unobstructed photographs. There are no antiquities, furniture or pictures in the Alhambra which I had expected but you experience the history and atmosphere of this fabulously romantic place.
Very well organised tour with helpful staff. Tour guide was knowledgable and entertaining. Amazing place! Tour group was a good size, not too big. Highly recommend.
Alhambra tour was fantastic. Excellent guide and very enthusiastic about everything Alhambra .
Alberto was our guide ... wonderful job.Would highly recommend him.
Make sure to ask for 'Guilubrmo' as your guide. He made the tour a wonderful experience. well educated with Granada History and especially el Hambra palace. Had an amazing tour thanks to this guy.
very informative, great tour
Just fantastic and our guide was both informative and fun !
Great tour and worth every penny
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