Swap the cruise port of Malaga for the UNESCO-listed sights of the Alhambra on this full-day shore excursion to Granada. With an expert guide and a skip-the-line ticket, head directly inside the 13th-century palace complex — one of the world's most exquisite examples of Islamic architecture. Wander along its ancient walkways and learn about the kings and sultans who once resided there. Then, enjoy a tranquil stroll through the paradisiac Generalife Gardens. Time permitting, end your excursion with free time in the city center on your own. Numbers limited to 18, ensuring a small-group experience.
Disembark your ship at Malaga cruise terminal, then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and travel to the Alhambra, a UNESCO-listed Moorish palace complex in Granada. On arrival, after around two hours on the road, spend a few moments admiring the palace’s rose-tinted walls and the sweeping panoramas of Granada. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, walk past the main queues and head inside.With your guide leading the way, walk through the lavish palatial buildings and courtyards decorated with elegant arches and bubbling fountains, and learn how the site is thought to have been constructed as a fortress in the 9th century. Marvel at the Islamic architecture of the three Nasrid Palaces — Mexuar, Serello and Harem. Then, take in the contrasting Renaissance architecture of the Palace of Charles V.Continue on to the Generalife Gardens, once a haven for kings, emirs and sultans. Breathe in the lingering aroma of jasmine as you sashay through the exotic gardens, admiring eye-catching water features and vibrant flowerbeds.If there's time after your Alhambra tour (dependent on ship schedule), walk with your guide to Granada’s historical center — a melting pot of Moorish, Christian and Jewish influences. After you've got your bearings, you'll enjoy free time to spend as you wish. Then maybe head to a local restaurant to recharge with a traditional lunch (own expense).When the time comes, join back up with your guide for the return journey to the Malaga cruise terminal.Worry-Free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Malaga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.