Welcome to Granada Province

For a change of pace, the mighty peaks of the Sierra Nevada provide a magnificent outdoor playground. Hiking possibilities range from summitting mainland Spain’s highest mountain to trekking through the gorges and white villages of Las Alpujarras on the range’s southern reaches. Skiers can take to the pistes at Europe’s most southerly ski resort.

Further afield, you can soak up the sun on Costa Tropical beaches, explore cave houses in Guadix, and bone up on prehistory in Granada’s haunting Altiplano (high plain).

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Granada Province activities

$51.75 Tours & Sightseeing

Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Skip-the-Line Half-Day Tour

Your friendly local guide will pick you up from your Granada hotel by air-conditioned minibus and then whisk you away to La Sabica Hill to visit its most dramatic monument – Alhambra. Perched high on the hill overlooking the city, the incredible palace complex was first built as a fortress at the start of the 13th century. Successions of Spanish rulers made Alhambra their home, and the fortress grew into a medina (little hilltop city) with numerous palaces and lavish gardens.Skip past the long entrance lines with your priority access ticket and walk around inside with your guide, hearing all the history of this fascinating site. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alhambra is a treasure trove of Moorish architecture and you’ll see several of its wonders as you tour its highlights. Admire decadent rooms inside the Nasrid Palaces like the Hall of Ambassadors (Salón de los Embajadores) and Myrtle Courtyard (Patio of los Arrayanes), and marvel at the architecture of Pedro Machuca at the Palace of Charles V.Step inside the Hall of Abencerrajes to gaze up at its star-shaped domed ceiling, and hear the tale of the massacre that took place here during a 15th century banquet. You’ll also see Alhambra’s Royal Baths; plainly decorated, not ornate, in line with the belief that bathing was a religious requirement not a luxury.After exploring the palaces, head to the Generalife Gardens to discover where the sultans and Moorish kings of bygone days once relaxed. Featuring abundant flora and distinctive water features, the gardens also comprise two further courtyards, which you’ll see, the Patio de la Acequia and the Patio de la Sultana.At the end of your 2.5-hour Alhambra tour, your guide will drop you back at your Granada hotel by minibus.

$52.96 Cultural & Theme Tours

Alhambra and Generalife Small-Group Guided Tour in Granada

Meet your official guide at the Alhambra entrance and skip the lines as you enter the grounds. Listen on a headset as your guide shares the historical events that took place at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.Marvel at the architecture, opulent palaces, stunning courtyards and the lush Generalife gardens as you explore with your guide. Learn about the heritage of the Nasrid Dynasty, the efforts of Jewish business, the architecture of the Muslim Palaces and more. Feel free to ask your guide questions throughout the tour.

$77.31 Private & Custom Tours

Alhambra and Generalife Private Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Alhambra – Granada’s most famous monument – with your friendly private guide. Skip past the long entrance lines with your priority access ticket and head straight inside to start your tour.The UNESCO-listed palace complex is thought to have originated as a fortress in the 9th century, and then expanded with opulent palaces, vast courtyards and lavish gardens added during the following centuries. Learn all the Alhambra’s intriguing history from your guide while exploring its delights, hearing tales and trivia about the Moorish Kings and sultans who once called the place their home.Visit Alcazaba Fortress (the complex’s oldest part) and see Torre de la Vela – the tower that is most associated with Alhambra. Views from here are spectacular and on clear days you can easily pick out parts of Granada like Mirador de San Nicolas.Walk through the Alhambra’s most important halls and courtyards including the Nasrid Palaces, Myrtle Courtyard (Patio de los Arrayanes), and the Ambassador’s Hall (Salon de Embajadores). Admire the contrasting Renaissance architecture of the Palace of Charles V with the rest of Alhambra’s rich Moorish architecture and décor, and take a peek at the Royal Baths.Before your tour ends, your private guide will show you around Generalife Gardens, where the Spanish rulers of bygone days went to relax. Stroll through two of its beautiful courtyards – Patio de la Acequia and Patio de la Sultana – and admire the decadent flower beds and colorful plants that comprise these spectacular gardens. At the end of your tour, your private guide will drop you back at the original departure point.Advance bookings are strongly recommended, as access to the Alhambra is strictly limited to a certain number of visitors each day.

$23.03 Tours & Sightseeing

Granada Essential Must-Do Tour

The essential Granada, the places in the city that any visitor with an interest in the city simply has to see. They are also essential for you to fall in love with the city.It is a guided tour that shows the history of Granada’s transformation, how events and history changed the city between the Muslim period and the reign of the Catholic Kings.We will walk through the historic centre of the city near the Cathedral buildings, the core of the urban transformation plan that transformed the city after the conquest. We would draw your attention to the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Merchant's Hall, the Madraza and the Royal Chancery.In order to get an idea of what life in Muslim Granada before the Conquest was like, we have decided to visit the lower part of the Albayzín - a World Heritage Site since 1994 - and the Carrer del Darro, which is especially evocative. The Gran Vía, which shows the changing styles of the 19th century Modernist period, runs between both of these areas.This walk is therefore a journey back to the time when the monuments, squares, alleyways and corners that express the cultural essence of Granada were created, with the blend of styles and the influence of religions in town planning, society and the economy.All the places that visitors to Granada shouldn’t miss are available for you to visit with expert professional guides, specialists in the city on this route through the essential Granada.

$34.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Early-Access Tour

Your Alhambra experience starts directly at the Alhambra, where you'll meet your guide and travel to the World Heritage site for early entry before most crowds arrive. Learn about the history of the palace complex and the influence and importance of the Alhambra and Generalife in Spain, where the sites have been declared a National and Artistic Monument and Historical Gardens. During your tour, admire the architectural styles of the palace, including the Gate of Pomegranates, the Washington Irving monument, Pillar of Charles V, and the Dehesa of Generalife. The wealth of art, decoration, and scenery create an incredible setting with plenty of photo ops. Nasrid Palaces are not included in this tour.

$98.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

Skip-the-Line: Alhambra Tour and Granada Hammam

Leave your Granada hotel by air-conditioned coach and head to the city’s most famous monument – the Alhambra – for your 2.5-hour tour. The distinctive rose-hued palace complex dominates Granada, overlooking the sprawling city from its vantage point high up on La Sabica hill. Constructed in the 13th century during the Nasrid dynasty’s reign, the site began its life as a fortress, with further palatial buildings, courtyards and lavish gardens added by successive rulers.Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra is a fascinating place to explore with endless architectural wonders waiting to be found ‘round every corner. After skipping the long entrance lines, take a walking tour with your guide, admiring the Moorish architecture of Alcazaba Fortress and the three Nasrid Palaces – Mexuar, Serello and Harem. Head inside and marvel at the intricate Islamic artwork before visiting the Palace of Charles V, designed by the legendary Spanish architect Pedro Machua.Visit Alhambra’s Generalife Gardens and envisage the Moorish kings of bygone times relaxing amid elaborate fountains and colorful flowerbeds. Roughly translated as ‘gardens of paradise,’ the beautiful space is perfect for a leisurely stroll, and you’ll do just that with your guide. After your morning tour of Alhambra, your guide will drop you off in central Granada or at your hotel, so you can enjoy a few hours at leisure for lunch (own expense). At the pre-arranged time, make your own way to Granada’s Arab Baths -- Hammam Al Andalus -- for a blissful soak. Spend your afternoon relaxing in the bath’s seven different pools, all beautifully decorated with glistening tiles. Water temperature varies in each, so you can wallow in the warm pools and then wake yourself up with an icy dip. For an afternoon of ultimate indulgence, upgrade to include a traditional Arabian massage with natural aromatherapy oils.