The historic heart of Granada - Private tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

229092


Categories

Religious Heritage, Museums / Culture, Local Experience, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

Arabic (fluent), English (fluent), French (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

From the Moorish roots to the Christian capital


This tour becomes the perfect complement to the Alhambra tour for a thorough exploration of Granada. The city possesses countless hidden wonders of the different cultures and traditions -Islamic, Christian and Jewish- that have shaped throughout history the fascinating urban framework.

The suggested itinerary should start on the highest part of the Albaicin quarter, from which we can gaze at stunning views of Granada. Down the hill, Granada also boasts other remarkable monuments of the Islamic city, like a caravanserai (Funduq), the site of the ancient silk market (Alcaicería) and the oratory of the Madrasa (Islamic university). They stand up in the heart of the Christian city erected after the Reconquest in 1492.

Its most significant monument is undoubtedly the Royal Chapel, which houses the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs,
treasures of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as an outstanding collection of paintings by Flemish and Italian artists, like Hans Memling, Van der Weyden and Boticelli.

Itinerary

We meet at your hotel and we take a taxi to the highest point of the Albaicin quarter, which is a World Heritage Site. We gaze at stunning views of Granada, laying in a fertile plain, at the feet of the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
We explore this oldest quarter founded 1003 years ago, which wonderfully keeps the shape of the Medieval city, with its labyrinthine streets, houses with gardens called "Carmen", old cisterns, important stretches of the Islamic city walls. We stroll through the winding cobblestone streets, and reach the river Darro, down in the valley, between the Albaicin and the majestic towers of the Alhambra citadel.
The city center houses vestiges of the Islamic city (and old caravanserai, the ancient university) and monuments of the Christian city which surged after the Reconquest in 1492. Its most significant monument is indeed the Royal Chapel, which houses the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs (Isabella and Ferdinand) and treasures of art.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At the hotel reception

End location: In the city center

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

Transportation

This is a walking tour. Nevertheless, it is recommendable to take a taxi to reach the the highest part of the Albaicin quarter perched on a high hill. The taxi fee is 5-6 Euros.

What’s Included

Private guided tour to the Albaicin quarter and the city center (approximately 2,30 hours).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 euros - Taxi to the upper part of the Albaicin to start the tour in a comfortable way (approximately 6 euros a taxi service up to 4 people)
Ticket for the Royal Chapel: 4 euros per person.
Possible entrance fees to monuments like the old hammam (steam bath): 2 euros.

What’s Extra

Entrance tickets
Taxi
Any items of a personal nature

Restrictions

I am an official licensed guide since 1999, so that I can conduct tours in all monuments in Granada, including the Alhambra.

A Recent Review of this tour

It was great to have an Arabic speaker who could tell us what the inscriptions meant in the palaces of the Alhambra. Daniele was a very knowledgable man with a love of the city he lived in. Recommended!!!
Andrew Snelgrove

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