Insiders guide to Granada tours

Private Granada tours are the best way to experience the glorious citadel of sultan palaces and ornate gardens that was once the seat of the last Moorish kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula. The Alhambra is extremely popular and there are always long lines of people waiting to get in.

The Alhambra, a palatine citadel, is much more than palaces and gardens. It is the best representation of artistic, cultural and scientific development achieved by the Al-Andalus in its last period. The monumental complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife, declared World Heritage since 1984, has been a universal tourist attraction for centuries, alluring travellers from all over the globe.

Apart from the famous Alhambra, you should definitely explore the Albaicín quarter, a labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed homes and go to the Mirador of San Nicolas, a park near the Albaicín quarter’s high point, to watch the sunset over the Alhambra.

After a long walk around the easily navigable city, you can soak in a warm bath the size of a small swimming pool and perhaps get an invigorating massage at the Hammam Baños Arabes or Arab Baths. Each one of these tours are the best way to get a sense of Granada’s energy!

Access to the Alhambra is strictly limited to a certain number of visitors each day. For this reason, I strongly recommend you to book your tour several weeks in advance.

Of course, these are the tours that you can do if you have more time and plan to travel to Granada on your own. But if you don’t have a lot of time, have a look at these day trips that you can do from Seville.


V.I.P. Granada guided visit

On this prioritized guided tour, you are guaranteed to skip the line to enter the Alhambra Palace’s Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palace and the Alcazaba fortress, and explore numerous courtyards filled with fountains, flowerbeds, pavilions and fortresses featuring Moorish architecture.

After your tour, head to the city center to enjoy a typical Spanish lunch and discover our Mediterranean gastronomy. Then, you can choose to take an optional walk through the stunning Albaicin quarter to soak in the magical atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Along its narrow, winding cobblestone streets, find beautiful white-washed buildings, quaint shops and restaurants and scenic gardens, as well as spectacular views of Granada and Alhambra Palace.

There are a very limited number of spaces on the VIP tours, and they sell out quickly. So be sure to book early.

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Granada tours: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens

Take a guided walking tour of Spain’s most stunning monument of Moorish culture, the breathtakingly beautiful Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, framed by the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Sharing their wealth of knowledge about the history and architecture of the site, your guide will help you delve beneath the beautiful architecture and design to learn the history behind two of the most visited attractions in the world.

In the afternoon you will have a couple hours of free time to explore Granada at your leisure. At the Albaicín capture some of the most spectacular views onto the Alhambra from various viewpoints. A walk along the Carrera del Darro will immerse you in the hassle of this side of the town. The contrast between the Muslim past and the Christian present is more evident in the historical centre with the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel.

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2-day Granada tours: Alhambra, Albaicín and Arab baths

This 2-day tour takes you to the amazing Alhambra Palace as well as into the heart of Granada.

Begin with an insightful walking tour of the city’s historical side with your guide. See the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, Isabel la Católica Square and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Albaicín quarter. Afterwards, head to the hamman, where you’ll relax in the baths, letting a soothing waft of essential oils surround you.

The next day, you’ll be picked up from your hotel for a journey to Alhambra Palace, the crowning jewel of Granada. Enjoy skip-the-line access to this palatial complex’s most important sites including Nasrid Palace, the Alcazaba fortress and Generalife Gardens, where Moorish kings spent much of their time. Your English speaking guide will introduce you to one of the most interesting periods of Spain’s history.

Highlights of the Granada 2-day trip:

  • Skip-the-line access to the Alhambra Palace.
  • Visit the Albaicín and enjoy some amazing views.
  • Guided tour of the historical center of Granada.
  • Relax at a soothing Arab bath house.
  • Free time to discover the city on your own.
  • Transportation, accommodation and meals are included.

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