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Granada

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Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

1. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

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Alhambra: Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

2. Alhambra: Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

A visit to Granada is not complete without seeing the Alhambra, the only remaining fortified complex of the Islamic period in Spain. Explore this amazing attraction at your own pace. Admire the fortress, the Generalife Gardens, and the palace complex in all their splendor. Embark on a journey through history spanning from the palace's reconstruction by the Sultan of Granada in the 13th century, to its transformation into the Royal Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella following the Reconquest. Look out over the white houses of the Albaicín neighborhood below, and walk among fountains and beneath ornate, horseshoe-shaped arches. Marvel at the mix of Moorish and Christian architecture. Explore the residences of kings and sultans, see the spectacular ceiling in the Hall of the Boat, and snap pictures in the famous Court of the Lions. Round off the experience with spectacular views of Granada from the hill-top fortress.

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Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

3. Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

Immerse yourself in Granada’s Andalusian Flamenco culture at a live performance in an authentic gypsy cave home. You’ll enjoy an uplifting 75-minute show performed by live dancers and musicians in one of Sacromonte's cave homes, a limestone dwelling that has been inhabited since the 15th century.  Since Cuevas Los Tarantos was founded in 1972, it has been providing locals and visitors with splendid Flamenco shows. You’ll experience Spain’s soul-stirring gift to the world of music, in the neighborhood that Flamenco calls home. Zambra is a nightly show held at Cuevas Los Tarantos and features a large cast of artists, including prominent figures in Granada’s Flamenco world. This ticket includes one free drink, if you would like to add to your experience you can order further beverages at the bar or dine on traditional Spanish cuisine. and revel in the splendor of Flamenco.

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Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces

4. Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Journey back to the days of the Moors in Spain on a guided tour of the Alhambra. Enter the vast complex and hear about its great influence and importance in the history of Spain. Learn about the architectural styles that were used, with Christianity and Islam both having an influence. Marvel at the beautiful Gate of Pomegranates, then walk past the Pillar of Charles V fountain, erected in 1554 along the route that leads to the main entrance of the Alhambra. Explore the Alcazaba fortress, formerly a military precinct and the oldest area of the Alhambra complex. You will also visit the Nasrid Palaces including the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Court of the Lions. Finally head to the Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid Emirs, home to one of the oldest surviving gardens of the Moors. Admire the different courtyards with their long pools framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades, and pavilions.

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Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

5. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Get a taste of medieval Granada with an unforgettable guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife grounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax knowing your ticket to the palatial city includes entry to the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress, and Generalife grounds. Best of all, choose a small-group or private guided experience, depending on your preference.  Your expert local guide will collect you from just outside the complex, ensuring that you access the Alhambra grounds via a separate group entrance. You will also enjoy separate group access with your guide when entering the Generalife Palace.  Take in the tranquility of the Emirs’ old summer palace at the Generalife, including a beautiful rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. Hear all about the history of the city of Granada and the Alhambra in this tranquil setting.  Your guide will take you into the Nasrid Palaces, the old Moorish palaces, where you can get up close to the iconic Islamic decorative details. Enjoy the colorful geometric tiling and various courtyard water features, including the famous Patio de los Leones. Architecture and art fans will enjoy the iconic Islamic and Mudéjar styles in the grounds. Visit the Alcazaba with your guide to see the royal fortress, so strong it was used for many centuries after its construction. Climb the steps of the Watch Tower here to get unrivaled views of the city of Granada below you, including the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods. Roam the free areas of the complex at the end of the tour, whether you want to take in more of the beautiful gardens or visit other features such as the Palace of Carlos V, a Renaissance palace dating from the 16th century. Enjoy breathtaking views of the old Arabic Quarter of Granada, the Albaicín, from numerous viewing points in the Moorish palace complex.

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Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

6. Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

Enjoy a magical 1-hour Flamenco for show perfect for the whole family performed at a venue in the center of Granada. Benefit from a reserved seating area a large selection of local wines (available to purchase). Feel the passion vibrating off the dancers’ bodies and get ready to spend a perfect cultural night seeing in person a professional flamenco show, a tradition whose popularity started to grow in the 18th century.

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Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

7. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Discover the impressive architectural feat of Nasrid rulers, the Alhambra. At your own pace, meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra which are filled with fountains, hanging plants and paved pathways. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel at the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

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Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

8. Alhambra: Tour with Nasrid Palaces - Non-Refundable

Journey back to the days of the Moors in Spain on a guided tour of the Alhambra. Enter the vast complex and hear about its great influence and importance in the history of Spain. Learn about the architectural styles that were used, with Christianity and Islam both having an influence. Marvel at the beautiful Gate of Pomegranates, then walk past the Pillar of Charles V fountain, erected in 1554 along the route that leads to the main entrance of the Alhambra. Explore the Alcazaba fortress, formerly a military precinct and the oldest area of the Alhambra complex. You will also visit the Nasrid Palaces including the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Palace of Leones. Finally head to the Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid Emirs, home to one of the oldest surviving gardens of the Moors. Admire the different courtyards with their long pools framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades, and pavilions.

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Granada: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

9. Granada: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

Enjoy a relaxing Arabic tradition at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus, and experience the refreshing sensation of authentic hot, cold and warm steam rooms, fed by thermal waters. Bathing can be alternated with periods of relaxation in the relaxation room where you can sip on mint tea and unwind to soothing Andalusian music. Located at the foot of the Alhambra, behind the ancient mosque, now known as the Church of Santa Ana, Hammam Al Ándalus is dedicated to stress-free experiences. Move freely between the hot, warm and cold baths, recreating the original rhythm of an Andalusian Hammam. Top it all off in the steam room, which you can return to as often as you like between swims, and unwind in the rest room.

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Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces

10. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Audio Guide with Nasrid Palaces

Immerse yourself in the architectural marvels and colorful history of the Alhambra on an audio-guided tour with included entry to the Nasrid Palaces. Skip the ticket line at the entrance and enjoy more time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Once inside, embark on a journey through centuries of history with your audio guide. Hear about the palace's reconstruction in the 13th century, its transformation into the Royal Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella following the Reconquest, and more. As you listen, marvel at the mix of Moorish and Christian architecture in the palace complex. Explore the residences of kings and sultans, admire the spectacular ceiling in the Hall of the Boat, and snap pictures in the famous Court of the Lions.  Take some time to walk among the fountains and beneath the ornate, horseshoe-shaped arches in the Generalife Gardens. Round off your experience with spectacular views of Granada's Albaicín neighborhood from the hilltop Alcazaba.

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Frequently asked questions about Granada

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Granada?

    With so much to see and do, a two-night minimum is recommended, but if you stay for three nights you'll see the sights without becoming too exhausted!

  • Book tickets to The Alhambra in advance

    You should buy tickets in advance to save waiting time and to guarantee entry, as spots are limited and sell out throughout the year!

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the most pleasant, offering warm, sunny days!

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What people are saying about Granada

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 50,506 reviews

This Segway tour is by far the best way to see the wonderful city of Granada. Our guide Alberto was really nice and patiently showed us how to use them before launching on the amazing tour through the magical streets of Granada

Our guide Gosia was outstanding. So knowledgable, fun, and personable. she really made the tour for us. Interesting stories, historical, facts, architectural information. She knew it all. She is 10++++

Nice, interesting, varied tour. Super nice guide. Good shoes are important. You should be a little agile and used to walking narrow paths, or at least not be afraid of it.

Excellent prompt service from Get Your Guide and a fascinating trip.

It was amazing and very expressive show! Highly recommended!