Round the Alhambra
Barrio del Albaicín
A trip round the Alhambra in Granada, one of the most important and popular monumental sites in Spain, is a unique experience in itself. We suggest completing this experience with a series of special visits planned for discovering the urban and natural setting of this gem in Andalusia.
Specifically, there are five existing tours that include visits to spaces that are not usually open to the public. All these routes start at the Alhambra and go down though the historic quarter of the city of Granada, to the popular Albaicín neighbourhood and provide the chance to contemplate the landscape. Each route has a special theme:
The Alhambra and the Granada of Charles. The emperor's dream. It takes place on Mondays and Sundays. You'll discover impressive buildings such as the Palace of Charles V, the Royal Chancery, the Monastery of San Jerónimo and the Royal Hospital. This route is perfect for understanding how Charles V wished to turn Granada into a large imperial city.
The Christian City. A new political, social and religious order. It takes place on Tuesdays. It will show you how Granada was transformed after being incorporated into the Crown of Castile, with buildings such as the Parish Church of San Gil and Santa Ana and the Casa de Castril house.
Women in the Granada of Al-Andalus and the Renaissance. Private and relationship spaces. You can go on this route on Wednesdays. Get ready to discover the spaces where the women of Moorish and Renaissance Granada lived and how their role evolved in society. Fascinating places await you, such as Las Infantas Tower, the Harem and the Queen's Dressing Room.
The conquest of water. The water landscape in the Spanish-Moorish and Christian culture. It takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays. If you are interested in discovering the engineering works that were built in Granada to make use of the water, with examples such as the orchards of the Generalife, the Aqueduct, the Water Tower, Calle Real street and the Termal Baths of Muhammad III, this is your route.
The Alhambra: land, space and city. Artistic and functional patterns of the Nasrid culture. It takes place on Fridays. You'll be amazed to see how "two parallel cities" evolved in Moorish Granada: the bourgeois Granada (of the merchants and artisans) and the palace life of the Alhambra. The Wine Gate, the Gate of Justice or the Casa de los Girones house are part of this visit.
Things to remember:
The visits are guided by tour guides who are experts in interpreting the cultural and natural heritage, they take place in the morning and last about four hours.
The routes are in small groups (of about 15 people) in Spanish and English. You can get more information on times and prices on the oficial website .