The Alhambra, Granada

The Alhambra, Granada (must see)

The Alhambra is a UNESCO world heritage building, and perhaps the best preserved building for the Moorish era, when Muslim Emirs ruled large swathes of Southern Spain. Formally known as ‘Calat Alhambra’, meaning red fortress, the complex houses a palace, a mosque, gardens and streams, contained within a fortified outer wall. The palace was built in the 14th century, as the Reconquest took hold of Andalucía. The Alhambra was one of the last Moorish buildings to be constructed, before the Emirate of Granada was captured by Christian soldiers in 1492.

Seen from the Mirador of San Nicolas in Granada’s city center, the Alhambra to the south east has been said to resemble a ‘pearl in a sea of emeralds’. Formed from dusky pink stone, it rises out of a wood that was planted in the 18th century. The grounds around the building had previously contained parkland, waterfalls and fruit trees. The Emirs of the Nasrid dynasty, who built the palace and grounds, wanted to create a walled paradise.

Much of the original architecture inside the palace was damaged during raids and later redevelopment. The palace lay derelict for many years before being rediscovered and restored. Now returned to its appearance during the last days of Moorish rule, the Alhambra demonstrates a unique architectural style, where Arabic and Byzantine art mixes with European artistic traditions. This style, known as Mudejar, is also seen in many of the Catholic Churches built following the Conquest of Granada.

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The Alhambra on Map

Sight Name: The Alhambra
Sight Location: Granada, Spain (See walking tours in Granada)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Granada, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Granada

Create Your Own Walk in Granada

Creating your own self-guided walk in Granada is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Alhambra Walking Tour

Alhambra Walking Tour

One of the first places a tourist wants to visit in Granada is Alhambra. This is one of the best-known sites, and it has a long history. However, Granada has many other things to explore than Alhambra. There are plenty of sights right around this gorgeous palace. So, before visiting Alhambra, take this tour and see what most of the tourists don't get a chance to look at.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Granada Historical Churches

Granada Historical Churches

The city of Granada is a fine work of art just by itself. It spans from the beautiful, round shaped, miniaturist Arabic style to the angled, majestic, solid Gothic and Baroque. This tour highlights the history of art styles blended into the history of Granada, manifested in many of the local churches, monasteries and cathedrals. Take this tour to please your eye and challenge your imagination.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Albayzín Walking Tour

Albayzín Walking Tour

Take a walk down the narrow, winding streets and delve into Granada's Medieval Moorish past. Albayzín is a wide, open-air museum of history and architecture. In 1984 it became a world heritage site. Get to know Granada of the Nasrid Empire era and enjoy traditional landscapes and vistas.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Granada's Architectural Jewels

Granada's Architectural Jewels

Granada has been influenced by four major architectural styles--Moorish, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. On this tour of the city, see the Arab time lines imprinted in stone bearing the early Renaissance and Baroque accents. Be amazed by the originality and delicacy of the streets and residential areas of Granada.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Granada Introduction Walking Tour

Granada Introduction Walking Tour

Granada is home to many beautiful spots that combine natural scene with stone forms in most intricate ways. It boasts many fountains and places to rest in, read a book, sip coffee - all while enjoying the atmosphere and planning the rest of the trip. Take a tour of Granada's plazas, landmarks and most interesting museums to see the casual life of its people, and the day-by-day events in this...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Museums and Historical Sites

Museums and Historical Sites

If you want to get to know Granada, this is the tour you have to take. It gives you the chance to learn about the city's culture and history -- from the Nasrid Empire to the Christian conquest; much as to be delighted by its architectural wonders. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy the city panorama from one of its Miradores.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles