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.
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.
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.
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.
I am an official licensed guide since 1999, so that I can conduct tours in all monuments in Granada, including the Alhambra.
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Daniele has a very interesting history himself and clearly is an expert in the history of not only Granada but of Spain and particularly the impact that Moors had on Spain. He guided our group through little known (to outsiders) but very beautiful streets of Granada. I have visited Granada three other times, but this was the first time I had seen the historical streets that Daniele showed our group. I would highly recommend him for others tour groups.