The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. And it is not surprising considering that, together with the Generalife and the Albaicín, the Alhambra holds the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Columns of the Court of the Lions in the Alhambra
Court of the Lions
Interior of the Carlos V Palace
The Muslim presence in ancient Granada has left us a historical and cultural legacy that has become an important tourist attraction in this Andalusian city. Witness of life in Andalusia when it was Al-Andalus, the value of this artistic historical complex can be discovered with Buendía Tours during the guided visit to the Alhambra in Granada and the Nasrid Palaces.
The Alhambra is a monumental complex made up of a set of old palaces, gardens, and fortresses, among which the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces stand out, for example.
Located at the top of the al-Sabika hill, it owes its name, Alhambra, to its reddish walls. Throughout its history, it served as accommodation for the first Nasrid monarch Mohamed I and, later, as a royal residence after the reconquest of Granada by the Catholic Monarchs. In fact, Carlos V demolished part of the architectural complex to build his palace, the emperor's rooms and the Queen's Peinador.
During our guided tour of the Alhambra, we will make the first stop at the Palace of Generalife, one of the most important estates in this complex during the Muslim era. In the palace we will see Paseo de Los Cipreses, which was renovated in 1862 for the visit of Queen Isabel II, or the Patio del Ciprés de la Sultana.
Originally, the Palace had several entrances, the most direct was the one that communicated the Almunia del Generalife, through the orchards, with the Alhambra.
We will continue the visit to the Alcazaba, which was a residential area for the elite guard that guarded the palatine city and was at the service of the Sultan. Inside, we can see the Plaza de Armas, a place of military parades in times of peace and where the defense was established in times of battle.
We could say that the Alcazaba was like a small city, with a narrow street that runs through the entire enclosure, the houses of the elite guard and wide patios that at some point in its history housed warehouses or spaces for the troops.
Within the artistic ensemble that represents the Alhambra, we will also visit the Palace of Carlos V. It is one of the best Renaissance buildings in Spain and although the monarch ordered its construction thinking of using it as a place of residence, no one lived in it. However, it was used, for example, as a stand in bullfights or a weapons warehouse during the French occupation.
Currently, the Palace of Carlos V houses the Museum of Fine Arts, the Alhambra Museum and temporary activities.
This guided tour of the Alhambra in Granada with Buendía Tours will end with a route through the Nasrid Palaces. As its name suggests, it is a set of palaces that was the residence of the kings of Granada.
The complex is made up of three palaces: the Mexual, the Palacio de Comares and the Palacio de los Leones. Decorated with poor materials, what stands out the most about these palaces are their gardens, the marbles of the water fountains that give freshness to the garden and unparalleled aesthetic beauty.
Wall map of the Alhambra next to the ticket offices
Address: Paseo del Generalife, 1F, 18009 Granada
Paseo del Generalife
- 1F, 18009 Granada
- Official English guide
- Full Alhambra ticket (Includes the Nasrid Palaces and The Patio de Los Leones)
- Wireless audio system for each client
- Obligatorio presentar DNI o pasaporte que se dio para la reserva
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