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Alhambra Experiences Guided Tour

Avda. Constitucion 41 Granada
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The Alhambra

The Alhambra, called this way because of his red walls («qa'lat al-Hamra'», Red Castle), is located in the top of al-Sabika's hill, at the left side of the Darro river, eastside of Granada city, in front of Albaicin and Alcazaba quarters.

His strategic location, since it dominates the whole city and Granada's meadow, make us think that there were other constructions before the Muslims arrived.

Its complex, completely fortified, has an irregular form that limits in its north par with the Darro valley, at the south with al-Sabika ant at the east with "Cuesta del Rey Chico", that separates the Albaicin from the Generalife.

History

Al-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty, settles in the old Albaicin’s Alcazaba in 1238, where the Alhambra’s hill’s ruins called his attention. He decided to start its rebuild and settles there the court, starting the building of the Alhambra as we know.

The Alhambra was a palace, a citadel and a fortress that worked as home for the Nasrid Sultan’s, high public servant, court’s servant and elite soldiers. It gets its glory in the second half of XIV century, during the sultanate of Yusuf I (1333-1354) and the second reign of Muhammad V (1362-1391).

The imperator Carlos V decides in 1526 the building of the palace that carries his name, along with other very meaningful roman renaissance like buildings. The Austria house continues from Felipe II (1556-1598) and his successors in charge of Alhambra’s conservation, that was admired by many artist as Andrea Navaggiero (1524) who was Venice’s ambassador and part of Carlos V’s court.

A unique experience

The visit commences at the Alhambra Atrium, where tickets are sold and information on the visits is made available. The route continues along a passageway by the walls, looking onto the Torre del Agua (Water Tower), Torre de Baltasar de la Cruz, Torre de los Siete Suelos (Seven-Storeyed Tower), Tower del Capitán, Torre de la Bruja (Tower of the Witch) and Torre de las Cabezas (Tower of Heads), arriving at the Palace of Carlos V (on visit) through the gates Puerta de la Justicia or the Puerta de los Carros.

This tour continues through the Nasrid Palaces where you could visit the Mezuar, Camares Palace and the Lion’s Palace.

Includes

This tour combines night visit to Nasrid Palaces with daytime visit to Alcazaba, the Generalife Gardens and Palace on two consecutive days

The night tour allows us to know the Nasrid palaces with special light conditions.

The Price includes: Night entrance to the Nasrid Palaces and day tour to the Generalife gardens and Alcazaba, official guide in the selected language and audio-guide.

Length: approximately 2h30m

Optional transport

Season and Timetables
  • Night tour’s Timetable
    • From 15th October to 31st March
      20:00h to 21:30h Friday and Saturday
    • From 1st April to 14th October
      20:00h to 23:30h Tuesday and Saturday
    • Except the 25th December and the 1st January

Next day

  • Generalife gardens daytime Timetable
    • From 15th October to 31st March
      8:30 to 18:00h Saturday and Sunday
    • From 1st April to 14th October
      8:30h to 20:00h Wednesday and Sunday
    • Except the 25th December and the 1st January

Minimum people for this tour: 15 PAX