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Cartuja Monastery (Monasterio de la Cartuja) Tours

Cartuja Monastery (Monasterio de la Cartuja)
Cartuja Monastery (Monasterio de la Cartuja) is where late-baroque Spanish architecture reaches its most lavish heights. Although work began in the 16th century, construction continued for another three centuries and the complex was never actually completed. The imposing sandstone exterior gives way to a lavish interior of marble, ivory, ornate stucco, and gilt.

The Basics

The lavish interior of this Carthusian monastery, also known as Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and Granada Charterhouse, has earned it a reputation as the Christian answer to the magnificent Alhambra. Due to its location on the outskirts of the city, the monastery is often overlooked by visitors to Granada, though some historical tours will make a stop here, along with the Cathedral and Royal Chapel and the Albaicin, a UNESCO-listed Arab quarter.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • La Cartuja Monastery, off the beaten path, offers a quiet escape from the city center.
  • Remember to dress conservatively, as this remains an active place of worship.
  • Video and photography are not permitted within the monastery.

How to Get There

The Cartuja Monastery is located about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the Granada city center. The best way to get there is to take city buses N7, U1, U2, or U3 to either the Science Education or Paseo de Cartuja stops. It’s also possible to hire a taxi from the city center.

When to Get There
The monastery is open daily, with reduced hours on Saturdays. Plan to visit on a weekday to avoid lines at the ticket office.

Who Are the Carthusians?

Founded in France during the 11th century, the Carthusians were a group of monks who manifested their devotion with strict vows of silence and fasting. The Carthusian monks who lived in the Monasterio de la Cartuja had a rather humble life; they practiced silence, ate simple vegetarian fare, and spent their time praying, studying, working, and making rosary beads from rose petals (which you can still buy at the souvenir shop). Only five of the original 24 Carthusian monasteries of Spain remain.
Address: Paseo de la Cartuja, Granada, Spain
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Tickets included: Cathedral Route, Royal Chapel and Cartuja Monastery Granada

Tickets included: Cathedral Route, Royal Chapel and Cartuja Monastery Granada

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Let yourself be guided by expert guides (bilingual Spanish / English) through the main Christian monuments of Granada, we start at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Cartuja. We continue our route through Gran Vía de Colón Street, following Cárcel Baja Street, on the way to the Granada Cathedral. The arrival of the Catholic Monarchs in the last Arab bastion of the Iberian Peninsula meant a radical change in the model of the city. The Renaissance Cathedral of Granada is a song of greatness where Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical are mixed. Going down the Trades Street to enter the Royal Chapel, the place chosen by the Catholic Monarchs as their last abode, this temple stands symbol of the restoration of the Granada church, showing the great wealth of its artistic heritage. At the end of our route we will enjoy a snack accompanied by one of the famous tapas from Granada.
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  • 3 hours
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Granada Pass: Alhambra ticket + 5 days of tickets for monuments and transport

Granada Pass: Alhambra ticket + 5 days of tickets for monuments and transport

Enjoy this wonderful visit together with our latest generation audio guides, the most demanded monument in Spain and one of the most visited in the world. On the tour you can take your time to visit the Alhambra, Generalife Palace and their gardens, Carlos V Palace and all the monumental environment. With our guided tour "Barrios Patrimonio de la UNESCO" we will visit the muslim neighborhood of Albayzín and the gypsy neighborhood of Sacromonte, two of the most characteristic neighborhoods in the world, with beautiful views due to their location, in front of Alhambra. You can also complete the visit of the city with the entrances to all the most emblematic and important monuments, such as the Cathedral, Royal Chapel, etc. In the Science Park, both adults and children can enjoy the first interactive science museum in Andalusia. To move around the city you have 9 trips in urban transport, and 1 round in the tourist train which will make the perfect panoramic of the city.
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  • 5 days
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Granada Private Tour: The remarkable monasteries of Granada

Granada Private Tour: The remarkable monasteries of Granada

This tour is much different than any other tours that you will be able to enjoy in Granada. It is focused to enjoy the hidden gems of the Granada city much away from the common touristic routes. The tour emphasizes on the remarkable monasteries of Granada. The tour starts in Carthusian monastery which is definitely one of a kind. You will not only be able to enjoy the most beautiful example for the baroque style in the entire Andalusia but also learn about the ascetic way of life of the Carthusian monks and the history of the Carthusian order that is strictly related to Henry the VIII, the king of England. Next, the guide will take you to visit the burial place of the Great Captain located in the Monastery of Saint Jerome. On the way you will be able to admire the Royal Hospital founded by the Catholic Kings and the stunningly well preserved 11th century muslim gate to the city. Certainly, you will be surprised to find such a rich heritage away from the other tourists!
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  • 3 hours
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Experience Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife & 8 Other Attractions/Monuments

Experience Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife & 8 Other Attractions/Monuments

Experience the beauty of Granada at your own pace. Discover Alhambra fortress is the greatest surviving relic of Andalusia’s 800 years under Moorish rule. Built between the 8th and 15th centuries, this incredible fort-palace complex sits forbiddingly atop the Darro Valley, against a dramatic backdrop provided by the crisp peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Also alongside the Alhambra you will be get to experience Nasrid Palace, Generilife & other famous monuments in Granada. With this experience you would be able to access: - Alhambra (Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife) - Cathedral, Royal Chapel - Cartuja Monastery - San Jerónimo Monastery - Science Park Museum - Zafra’s House - Cuarto Real - Sacromonte Abbey - Casa de los Tiros Museum You will get a transport pass with 9 trips via local bus. Please note: You´re free to roam around the city at your own pace with only exception to Nasrid Palaces. Visit to Nasrid Palace must be done at the specific time showed on your ticket.
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Guided Tour of the Cartuja Monastery and the Royal Chapel of Granada

Guided Tour of the Cartuja Monastery and the Royal Chapel of Granada

Our local Granada guide will meet you at the Plaza del Triunfo, from where the visit to the Christian monuments of Granada will begin. Starting with the Monastery of La Cartuja, going through the streets of the historic center of Granada and ending with a visit to the Royal Chapel.
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  • 3 hours
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