Granada is a stunning city located in Andalusia, Spain, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It was the capital of an Arab kingdom from the 13th to the 15th century and is home to many historical sites, including the Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many popular tours in Granada that allow visitors to explore its rich history and culture. The 2 and a half hour walking tour of the Albaicín and Sacromonte is a great way to discover Granada's old Moorish quarter.
Starting at the Mirador de San Nicolás, a terrace with a breathtaking view of the Alhambra Palace and the Sierra Nevada mountains, visitors can explore the narrow streets of the Albaicín neighborhood, which is full of colorful houses and hidden courtyards. The tour also takes visitors to the Carrera del Darro, one of Granada's oldest streets, and to the gypsy neighborhood of Sacromonte, where they can learn about its unique culture and history. The skip-the-line guided tour of the Alhambra and the Nasrid palaces is another popular tour in Granada. This tour takes visitors through the four groups of buildings that make up the Alhambra complex: the Alcazaba, Palace of Charles V, Generalife Palace and Royal Chapel of Granada.
Visitors can learn about the history of this majestic fortress and admire its beautiful gardens, fountains and terraces with views of the Alhambra and mountains. For those looking for an adventure, there is a private 4WD Sierra Nevada safari. This tour takes visitors on an off-road journey through some of Granada's most beautiful landscapes. Along the way, visitors can admire stunning views of rugged ravines, Valparaíso Valley and Darro River.
The tour also includes a visit to San Miguel de Alto Hermitage, a 17th century baroque hermitage with a magnificent viewpoint of the Alhambra and Albaicín. Families traveling with young children will enjoy visiting Granada's Science Park. This complex includes a Biosphere Pavilion, Perception Pavilion and several other pavilions with scientific exhibits for children. Another great place for families is La Alcaiceria, an Arabian bazaar that recreates an old Arab market that existed before it was destroyed by fire in 1843.The Monastery of La Cartuja is also open for visits every day except during religious services and on December 25 and January 1.This impressive 47-meter-high vaulted chapel was built between 1506 and 1521 in late Gothic style and houses royal tombs.
Visitors can also explore Granada's ancient Arab baths at Bañuelo de Granada, one of the oldest and best preserved in Spain.Granada also hosts several festivals throughout the year. The Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada is held every summer at the Palace of King Charles V. This festival celebrates Spanish musical styles such as opera, zarzuelas, flamenco and Sephardic (Jewish) songs. On February 1st, pilgrims leave bouquets of flowers in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Angustias for the Floral Offering to the Virgen de las Angustias.Joining a guided tour is one of the best ways to explore Granada's rich history and culture.
There are many tours available that offer something for everyone - from walking tours to off-road safaris - so visitors can find one that suits their interests.