Granada Tours, Andalusia, Spain
If you are planning a trip to Granada, Andalusia, in southern Spain, book a guided adventure tour, city tour, cultural tour or gastronomic tour to make the most of your visit.
Granada is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Andalusia and visitors flock from all over the world to enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city.
Whatever time of year you decide to visit Granada, you will find plenty of things to see and do.
The Alhambra Palace
The Alhambra Palace is the most visited monument in Spain, and it was once the residence of the Nasrid sultans between the 13th and 15th centuries.
The Alhambra Palace is a fortress complex which was built in 1348 by Yusuf I when the south of Spain was under Moorish rule. This was the residence of Moorish rulers and most of this stunning building still stands today. With a view over the whole city of Granada, the Alhambra complex was thought to have partially existed before the Muslims arrived in Spain.
The Patio of the Lions and the Garden of Ramparts are also worth visiting, and if you are planning a trip to the Alhambra Palace, buy a ticket before you go, particularly in summer, as it can get very crowded.
The Cathedral and the Royal Chapel
The Cathedral of Granada was built on the site of the Great Mosque and is the burial place of the Catholic Kings. The Cathedral had been intended to become the royal mausoleum by Charles I of Spain, but Philip II of Spain moved the site for his father and subsequent kings to El Escorial outside of Madrid. The main chapel contains two kneeling effigies of the Catholic King and Queen, Isabel and Ferdinand by Pedro de Mena y Medrano. The busts of Adam and Eve were made by Alonso Cano.
The Bañuelo Arabic Baths
The Bañuelo Arabic baths are situated in a private house in the Carrera del Darro at the foot of the Alhambra. This is one of the few establishments that was saved from destruction by the Catholic Monarchs. The baths survived because a private home was built on top of them. The baths were declared a National Monument in 1918 after being restored by the architect, Balbas. Construction of the baths dates back to the 11th Century and these are the best preserved Arabic baths in Spain.
Carrera del Darro and Plaza Nueva
Carrera del Darro is one of the most scenic walks in Granada and is situated next to the River Darro in the district of the Churra. The street dates back to the 17th Century. After an explosion at a weapons site nearby, part of the wall was demolished, which changed the direction of the river and widened the street. Visitors can see many interesting buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Albaycin and Sacromonte
Albaycin and Sacromonte are two of the most historic parts of Granada. Albaycin is situated on a hill opposite the Alhambra Palace and boasts incredible Arabic architecture. Visitors can also enjoy stunning views of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolas. The Sacromonte is also well worth a visit, which is famous for its gypsy caves and flamenco shows.
There is so much to see and do in Granada that you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing tours in this vibrant city. Why not combine a history and cultural tour with a gastronomic tour and sample the city’s tapas and wines?