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Court of the Lions: Our most recommended tours and activities

Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

1. Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

Explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with this skip-the-line, guaranteed access ticket. See thousands of years of Granada's moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. With an informative audio guide in hand, go at your own pace and follow your own route for a tour that is perfect for you. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology you will see throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Alhambra: Complete Ticket with Audioguide

2. Alhambra: Complete Ticket with Audioguide

Pickup your tickets then head into the Alhambra complex to explore this 600-year-old site at your own pace with an audioguide. With your ticket, access the entire complex including the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife. From your audioguide, hear all about the history of Granada and the Alhambra, as well as how the site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. You’ll also learn about the former sultans that once resided here during the Nasrid Dynasty. Inside, stroll through the complex and admire the impressive and intricate architecture of the palaces. Then, soak up the tranquility of Generalife, the Emir’s old summer palace which boasts a stunning rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. You’ll also get to see the complex’s military fortress, Alcazaba, which offers sweeping views of Granada and the surrounding mountains.

Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

3. Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Get a taste of medieval Granada with an unforgettable guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife grounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax knowing your ticket to the palatial city includes entry to the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress, and Generalife grounds. Best of all, choose a small-group or private guided experience, depending on your preference.  Your expert local guide will collect you from just outside the complex, ensuring that you access the Alhambra grounds via a separate group entrance. You will also enjoy separate group access with your guide when entering the Generalife Palace.  Take in the tranquility of the Emirs’ old summer palace at the Generalife, including a beautiful rose garden, planted courtyards, and relaxing water features. Hear all about the history of the city of Granada and the Alhambra in this tranquil setting.  Your guide will take you into the Nasrid Palaces, the old Moorish palaces, where you can get up close to the iconic Islamic decorative details. Enjoy the colorful geometric tiling and various courtyard water features, including the famous Patio de los Leones. Architecture and art fans will enjoy the iconic Islamic and Mudéjar styles in the grounds. Visit the Alcazaba with your guide to see the royal fortress, so strong it was used for many centuries after its construction. Climb the steps of the Watch Tower here to get unrivaled views of the city of Granada below you, including the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods. Roam the free areas of the complex at the end of the tour, whether you want to take in more of the beautiful gardens or visit other features such as the Palace of Carlos V, a Renaissance palace dating from the 16th century. Enjoy breathtaking views of the old Arabic Quarter of Granada, the Albaicín, from numerous viewing points in the Moorish palace complex.

From Seville: Alhambra Palace and Albaycin Tour

4. From Seville: Alhambra Palace and Albaycin Tour

Follow the route taken by the writer Washington Irving and see the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, as well as the city of Granada. Your guide will transport you into the magical world of the Arabian Nights as you explore beyond Moorish architecture to learn about the palace's history. Transform your visit into an extraordinary and rich experience. With a guided tour of Alhambra, have one of the official tourist guides at your disposal, an expert interpreter of Granada’s heritage. Your guide will lead you through every part that forms the “red fortress” and will also answer any queries that you may have about this spectacular monument.

Granada: Complete Alhambra Guided Tour and Entry Ticket

5. Granada: Complete Alhambra Guided Tour and Entry Ticket

Explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress, and the lavish Generalife Gardens with this fast-track, guaranteed access ticket. See thousands of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. With an official guide, enjoy the best route of Alhambra to visit all the corners of the monument. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology you will see throughout the Nasrid Palaces, fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Alhambra: Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry

6. Alhambra: Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry

Immerse yourself in the history of the last Moorish kingdom in Western Europe. The Alhambra is home to relics of the unique, Spanish-Muslim empire that lasted over 700 years. Discover these historical charms found nowhere else in the world. Explore a stunningly well-preserved complex of Medieval palaces, where it's still possible to feel the presence of its previous owners.  The paradise-like gardens are only some of the gems that await you in this unique setting. Find out more about the plots and intrigues that led to the fall of the Moorish Kingdom of Granada after they were faced with a Christian assault. Visit the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba, the Palace of Carlos V, and Generalife in the pleasant company of an experienced guide and your group.

Granada: Alhambra Fast-Track Tour with Nasrid Palaces

7. Granada: Alhambra Fast-Track Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Before entering the premises you will have a brief introduction in order to put you in the right context. Your visit to the Nazari monument includes three main areas: Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife-gardens, the order of which vary according to the circumstances and time of access to Palacios Nazaríes.  Your guide will decide the order and will inform the group about it before starting the tour. The Palace of Charles V is also included in the visit, although access is free without tickets.

Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

8. Granada: Alhambra Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom of a self-guided tour of Granada with your audio guide tourist navigator that comes with GPS navigation. After you have picked up your personal tourist navigator and your entry time for Alhambra Palace, enjoy skip-the-line entry to Alhambra and see the exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture of Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, and Alcazaba Fortress. Your audio guide will provide detailed explanations of Alhambra and Generalife as you walk. After your visit to Alhambra and before giving back the audio guide, discover the city’s best cultural offerings, tapas bars, monuments, and museums. Follow the tips of your GPS navigator, and relax in the evening with a massage, have fun with friends at a great restaurant, play golf, or visit an amusement park.  

From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

9. From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

Discover the secrets of the Alhambra Palace, the most-visited attraction in Spain. Relax with pickup from different meeting points on the Costa del Sol and in Malaga before making your way to the palace. Along the way, take in the panoramic views of the Sierra de Malaga before you reach the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the Alhambra, visit the palace of Charles V, the Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid palaces and the famous Patio de los Leones. Enjoy free time in the Granada city center, where you can explore the architecture of one of the most magical and emblematic cities in the world. Also take time to enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of the area before returning to the Costa de Sol.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Guided Tour

10. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Guided Tour

Discover the unforgettable Muslim palatial city of Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which once was home to the sultans of the Nasrid Dynasty. Learn more about its rich history and elaborate, Moorish architecture from a professional guide as you walk around the uniquely well-preserved medieval citadel and explore both the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife gardens.  Inside the palatine city and once the explanations have been received, enjoy the artistic beauty of the Patio de los Leones. Known for its iconic Muslim blue and yellow tile decoration, the courtyard is a stunning example of the splendor of Islamic architecture and engineering. Next, visit the Palace of Mexuar, the oldest palace in the complex and the Palace of Comares, which was the official residence of the Sultan as well as the location of the throne room. Finally, head to the Palace of Lions, which is considered the peak of Nazari art. Finish your tour at the sultan’s summer palace to the east of Alhambra. The Generalife is framed by breathtaking scenery and surrounded by a plethora of vegetation and green open space.

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What people are saying about Court of the Lions

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4.5 / 5

based on 22,055 reviews

Our guide Jean-Claude was superb! His knowledge of all the history surrounding the Alhambra was outstanding. He knew answers to all our questions, and was very pleasant & patient! Thank you J-Claude! Only thing we found was the organization before we started, grouping people & getting them into different groups was a bit chaotic. Otherwise we are extremely happy with our guided tour of the Alhambra.

The tour was fantastic. The young woman that was our initial guide (while on the bus) was excellent and spoke 4 or 5 languages flawlessly. Once we arrived, the onsite guide was equally well spoken in multiple languages and was able to provide an ongoing explanation and answer all questions from the group. The site itself is spectacular and its history fascinating. Highly recommend taking this tour!

The meeting point was crowded which got us worried. Then we were separated into much smaller groups. Our guide spoke excellent English and gave a great tour. Lot’s of historical detail about the customs of the Muslims versus Christians who took over in 1492.

privat tour with very nice and good guide was a great choice. we could fully enjoy the place and get maximum of knowlege + some nice tips for tapas and good activities in Granada

Our guide was excellent. He had designed a knowledgeable 3.5 hour tour that involved all of our senses.