Traveling to Andalucía is getting to know the essence of Spain. White villages in the mountains, idyllic cities, impressive monuments and a diversity in this great community, which makes tourists stay, at least 1 week, discovering and “savoring” the cities.
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Give him alms, woman, there’s nothing in life like the pain of being blind in Granada
One of the main monuments, visited by countless travelers, is the Alhambra de Granada. With its gardens and palaces, the complex is one of the wonders of the world and lives up to its name. Visitors are amazed to visit the gardens, appreciate the architecture and breathe an environment that goes back centuries of history.
Plan your visit to Alhambra de Granada well in advance. The entrance of visitors has a limited number daily, so the monuments are very busy and tickets can be sold up to 3 months in advance.
The Alhambra de Granada is a Fortress with Palaces and several buildings that form a complex rich in Islamic art.
After all, there is no palace or building in the world with excellent preservation like the Alhambra in Granada. When visiting it you will notice the most famous elements of Islamic architecture during the Muslim Kingdom in the Iberian peninsula.
Within the grounds of the Alhambra is the Palace of Charles V, a palace built by Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire in 1527.
Together with its neighbors Generalife (a villa that includes extensive gardens and vegetable gardens) and the neighborhood of Albaicín, it is the site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list “Alhambra, Generalife and Albaicín, Granada”, it has been classified as a World Heritage Site since 1984
The official guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife includes:
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It is important that you understand the difference between the different types so that you don’t buy the wrong one.
The types of ticket are:
Full day ticket for the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces) and the Alcazaba (military residential area and towers)
This is the normal type of ticket to buy if you want to visit the ornate indoor palaces and all parts of the Alhambra during the day.
Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba
Day ticket for the Alhambra, the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces) and the Alcazaba (military residential area and towers). This ticket DOES NOT include entry to the Nasrid Palaces.
Night visit to the Nasrid Palaces
Night ticket for the Nasrid Palaces
Night visit to Generalife
Night ticket for the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces)
Evening ticket for the Nasrid Palaces (Palacios Nazaríes) and next-day ticket for the Alhambra, the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces) and the Alcazaba (military residential area and towers)
WHAT TO DO IF TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ??
If there are no tickets available on the online calendar, you should check if it is possible to book a guided tour:
The entrance is complete with the Nazari Palace which is the jewel of the Alhambra. And the city of Granada also has other places of tourist interest:
Enjoy a flamenco show in Granada:
One of the most important cradles of Andalusian flamenco is without a doubt Granada. The epicenter of flamenco in the city is the Sacromonte neighborhood, where every night the cave-shaped taverns are filled with flamenco platforms. In addition, in this neighborhood you can find several Spanish guitar (acoustic) courses, a fundamental element of flamenco.
If you want to enjoy this art in its pure state, you can see a flamenco show in the Albaicín in the unique setting of the Zoraya Gardens. If you prefer to enjoy a grenadine zambra, we recommend seeing a flamenco show in Cuevas Los Tarantos, in the heart of Sacromonte. You can also enjoy a flamenco show at the La Soleá stage, in the heart of Granada’s bullring.
Albaicín (Albayzín or El Albaicín) is the medieval Moorish quarter of Granada founded during Islamic rule, even before the dynasty of the powerful Nasrids. Located at the top of a hill adjacent and opposite the Alhambra, it was able to house, during its peak, 60 thousand inhabitants and 26 mosques.
It owes its name to the Arabic word “bayyasin”, meaning inhabitants of Baeza, in northern Andalusia, who moved en masse to Granada, but outside the walls, after surrender to Christian troops.
The neighborhood, very well maintained and deservedly a UNESCO heritage site, is a true bijoux in Arab style. Even today the labyrinth of narrow streets, white houses, landscaped courtyards and decorative fountains remain intact. All harmoniously mixed with traces of Christian architecture.
One of the peculiarities of Albaicín are the so-called Cármenes, walled Moorish manors that hide wonderful courtyards, fountains and tiled walls.
The most wanted viewpoint of San Nicolás is located in the neighborhood, which offers a spectacular view of the towers and walls of the Alhambra, especially during sunset.
Finally, the Albaicín neighborhood is the perfect accompaniment to the Alhambra.
The Royal Chapel of Granada is so important that
the Catholic Kings of Spain chose the city of Granada to be buried. The chapel was built between 1505 and 1517 in Gothic style, and was originally dedicated to São João Batista and São João Evangelista. In the Royal Chapel are other burials, in addition to Kings Isabel I of Castile and Fernando II of Aragon, such as the sarcophagus of the infant Miguel de la Paz of Portugal, who was the grandson of the kings. There is also a museum, built in 1913 and dedicated to kings, with paintings, paintings to an example by Sandro Botticelli.
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With a square plan, with a circular patio, its facade is totally Renaissance. Built in 1527, the first body has a Tuscan style with beehive, while the second has elements of Baroque decoration. Above the main door, two winged statues of women reclining on the pediment. Above, three medallions framed in green marble. very premature for its characteristics, which fit it within Mannerism: Doric columns on the first floor, Ionic columns on the second and a frieze with bull heads (bucrânios) of Greco-Roman tradition. In some respects, he repeats or anticipates certain architectural solutions of Mannerism in Italy, which can be explained by Machuca’s stay in that country and his ability to develop certain characteristics of the incipient Mannerist style with his own imagination.
On the sides, scenes from Hercules. The iron rings on the bottom are pure decoration.
It was an experience like no other in the Alhambra tour. It was like going live in a history book. The experience of the company Almanatour, who accompanied us from Brazil, through messages and also when we arrived in Seville and then Granada, always in contact to avoid any unforeseen events. company for professionalism and competence, for children, relatives and friends.
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One of the most emblematic places in Spain. Located in the city of Granada, in the province of Andalucía, the Alhambra is a palace built by the Nazarites, most of the complex was built, mainly, between 1248 and 1354.
Carlos V Palace is one of the most outstanding works of the Renaissance in Spain. The palace stands out for its main façade and its circular courtyard with columns following the Roman style. Emperor Charles V decided to build this palace near the Alhambra for his own leisure and that of his family.