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How to Spend 3 Days in Granada

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How to Spend 3 Days in Granada
Located at the foot of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is famous for its medieval architecture, including the impressive Alhambra complex. A three day trip offers plenty of time to take in the sights and enjoy the city’s bustling modern center as well as nearby attractions. Here’s how to spend three days in beautiful Granada.

Day 1: The Amazing Alhambra
Set aside most of the day (and book your tickets well in advance) to explore this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Spain's most visited monuments. Built by Moorish kings in the 13th century (and added to by Christian monarchs in later centuries), the Alhambra boasts architecturally significant buildings as well as gardens full of lovely pools and sweeping views. 

Take a guided tour to learn about the history and architectural significance of buildings like the Nasrid Palace, which is often considered Europe’s most magnificent Islamic building, and the Court of the Lions, renowned for its graceful marble columns and lion fountain. After visiting the complex’s many buildings, spend some time in the Generalife gardens, a beautiful retreat for Grenada’s kings full of abundant flora, lovely courtyards, and stunning water features, all overlooking the city. Lastly, head downhill to the many outdoor restaurants situated along the Darro River.

Day 2: See Granada on Foot
Granada's rich history is best experienced by wandering through its timeless streets. Exploring the old Muslim quarter, the Albaicin, is like stepping into the city's Arab past: Mosques and Moorish villas line steep, cobbled alleys, and the scent of jasmine fills the air. Climb to the Mirador de San Nicolas plaza for city views, then relax at El Banuelo, an 11th-century bathhouse. 

Wind your way south, into the more modern parts of the city, to see Granada's imposing Gothic-Renaissance cathedral and the flamboyant Royal Chapel beside it. On the outskirts of town, you’ll find Sacromonte, a hillside area full of cave dwellings that were once inhabited by gypsies and now host flamenco shows. Visit in the evening to catch a show with a traditional Andalucían dinner, and if the music inspires you, sign up for a flamenco dance lesson so you can master some simple moves.

Day 3: More Architectural Gems and Nearby Sights
Complete your architectural tour of the city with stops at the Monastery of San Jeronimo, a Gothic-Renaissance treat, and the church at the Cartuja Monastery. The latter was founded by the memorably named Christian warrior El Gran Capitán and is a baroque wonder, complete with an extravagant sacristy and a beautiful cupola. Literary buffs will also want to see Huerta de San Vicente, the house where Federico Garcia Lorca wrote some of his masterpieces. 

Alternatively, book a day trip to the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains or the lush Alpujarras valley.  You can also head to Córdoba, which is a little over two hours by car from Granada, to explore its Moorish monuments and stroll along the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets of its Jewish quarter. On your last evening in Granada, head back into town to enjoy the city’s lively tapas circuit. 
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Skip The Line Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Guided Tour

Skip The Line Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Guided Tour

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This tour is a great choice for travelers interested in historic sites. Save time waiting in long visitor lines with a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the stunning complex of Alhambra included. Explore the palace complex and Generalife with a guide, so you don’t get lost. Your guide enhances your day with stories about the history, art, culture, and mysteries of the palace and surrounding area.
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Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife and Alcazaba Private Tour in Granada

Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife and Alcazaba Private Tour in Granada

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Described by Moorish poets as “a pearl set in emeralds,” the Alhambra is indeed the jewel of Granada. Discover the legends behind the beauty on this private tour of the entire Alhambra palace complex, which includes skip-the-line admission to Granada’s most popular attraction. This tour can accommodate your group of one to 20 people, and includes a choice of morning, afternoon, or evening departure.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Alhambra and Generalife Small-Group Guided Tour in Granada. Skip the line

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Alhambra and Generalife Small-Group Guided Tour in Granada. Skip the line

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Explore the crown jewel of medieval Granada on a tour of the Alhambra, and gain skip-the-line entry to the Moorish palace and fortress complex. Together with the Generalife gardens, they form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the Nasrid dynasty as well as Muslim, Jewish and Christian history during a walking tour with your informative guide.
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Granada: Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Ticket with Audioguide

Granada: Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Ticket with Audioguide

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Thousands visit Granada’s Alhambra each day and daily numbers are capped to help protect the complex. Book in advance to avoid disappointment and save vacation time with this skip-the-line audio guide ticket. Simply collect your ticket and audio guide at the entrance, bypass the ticket-purchase lines, and explore the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, and more your own way, dipping in and out of the audio commentary as you wish.
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Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

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Explore Nasrid Palaces, the Alhambra, and Generalife Gardens at your own pace on this audio-guided tour. Learn about Moorish history and the Nasrid Kingdom, the last Muslim dynasty on the Iberian Peninsula. Visit the Alhambra fortress, tour the royal palaces, and stroll the lush grounds of Generalife Gardens, a place of leisure for Granda’s rulers.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Alhambra and Generalife Private Guided Tour in Granada

Alhambra and Generalife Private Guided Tour in Granada

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Discover the legacy of Spain’s powerful Nasrid dynasty on a private tour of the UNESCO-listed Alhambra citadel and Generalife gardens in Granada. From Moorish sultans to Catholic kings, hear stories from the centuries of rulers who occupied this stunning royal complex and adjacent gardens while an official guide reveals the secrets behind their multicultural history and design.
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Alhambra, Nasrid Palace & Generalife Garden group tour

Alhambra, Nasrid Palace & Generalife Garden group tour

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We will get to know the true history of the Royal Palaces throughout the eyes of your local guide. You will be able to understand the history of Granada along with its artistic styles, not only of the Alcazar but also the surroundings. We will visit sites that only locals know. I hope you are surprised by the places we will see. You will Skip the long queues and begin your 3-hour guided tour of the Alhambra including Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Palace of Charles V, and the Bath of the Mosque. The Alhambra was a former palace, fortress, and citadel that was once home to the Nasrid Sultans and top government officials, court servants, and the royal guard. The site consists of 4 clearly distinguishable zones: the Palaces, the military zone or Alcazaba, the city or Medina, and the villa of the Generalife, all of which are surrounded by woods, trees, gardens, parks, and vegetable gardens.
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Generalife Gardens on this walking tour. Sail past long lines at the entrance hall with an exclusive priority access pass, and then embark upon an enriching exploration of the palace complex. See the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid palaces and a gain a glimpse into the decadent sultans who once inhabited the opulent structure. Admire panoramic city vistas from a hilltop perch; stroll through the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens and enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transportation during this exciting excursion.
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Alhambra and Generalife guided tour in a premium small group.

Alhambra and Generalife guided tour in a premium small group.

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Take a guided tour through the beautiful Alhambra Palace and discover its rich history. Stroll through the corridors of this UNESCO-listed site and learn about the palace’s famous past residents before heading to the Nasrid Palace for a short, guided tour of the “Sultans Residence.” Skip the notoriously long lines of these landmarks with this tour and get some insider tips from your guide to round out your experience.
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4WD Sierra Nevada Safari PRIVATE TOUR

4WD Sierra Nevada Safari PRIVATE TOUR

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Embark on a half-day 4WD adventure in Sierra Nevada National Park that’s tailor-made to provide the most spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, white mountain villages and Mediterranean forests. Access remote and less-visited sections of the park, and enjoy a drink at an alpine restaurant while soaking up panoramic vistas.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada

Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada

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Watching a traditional Flamenco performance is a highlight of any visit to Andalusia and this 1.5-hour dinner show is located in one of Granada’s most spectacular venues. Take your seats in the atmospheric cave-restaurant of El Templo del Flamenco, tuck into a delicious 2- or 5-course dinner, and be entertained by a thrilling live flamenco show.
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Private Walking Guided Tour in Alhambra

Private Walking Guided Tour in Alhambra

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This action-packed private tour is ideal for travelers with limited time in Granada. By going on a private tour, you won’t have to wait around for other travelers, and you’ll have your guide’s undivided attention. Save time waiting in long visitor lines with skip-the-line entrance tickets included. See multiple palaces in one day, including Alhambra, Generalife Gardens, and the spectacular Nasrid Palaces.
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Malaga to Granada: skip-the-line at Alhambra & Nasrid Palace - for cruisers only

Malaga to Granada: skip-the-line at Alhambra & Nasrid Palace - for cruisers only

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When your cruise ship sails in the port of Malaga, set out to explore the cultural majesty of Granada on a full-day shore excursion. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, immerse yourself in the regal extravagance of the Alhambra palace complex on a guided tour. Sail past the long lines at the crowded entrance hall with a priority access pass and immediately begin exploring vast courtyards, winding walkways and richly decorated chambers. Admire the architectural amalgamations inspired by Moorish and colonial styles then absorb the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. An intimate experience is ensured with numbers limited to 18 people.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Priority Access to Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada

Priority Access to Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada

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Escape the crowds and maximize your time in Granada’s magnificent the Alhambra on this tour. With a priority-access pass, you’ll be one of the first to enter the Alhambra — a UNESCO-listed landmark famed for its architecture — with a guide. Explore the Alcazaba Fortress, walk through the Generalife Gardens and take in panoramic views of Granada from Torre de la Vela.
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Alhambra of Granada (Skip-the-line) Guided Tour

Alhambra of Granada (Skip-the-line) Guided Tour

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Enhance your experience of Granada on a comprehensive 3-hour walking tour of the gorgeous Spanish city. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, stroll through Granada’s charming streets and visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra palace complex. Explore the opulent chambers of the Nasrid Palaces; ascend to the summit of the Alcazaba Fortress; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. Receive an insightful introduction to the history of Granada’s revered landmark from your expert guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Motril Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Day Trip

Motril Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Day Trip

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Sail into the Port of Mortil and set out to explore one of Granada’s most alluring attractions with a skip-the-line shore excursion to the Alhambra palace complex. Enjoy luxurious transportation and a knowledgeable guide as you wander the opulent chambers and pristine palaces of the complex. Sail past the long lines of the entrance hall with a priority access pass and visit historical highlights like the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife Gardens.
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Skip the Line: Alhambra Palace Tour with Generalife Gardens

Skip the Line: Alhambra Palace Tour with Generalife Gardens

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Delve into the UNESCO-listed Alhambra and explore its chambers and gardens on this 2.5-hour guided tour. Skip the long entrance lines to Spain’s most visited monument, and stroll through the Nasrid Palaces and Charles V Palace as your guide shares tales of the buildings and the Moorish sultans who originally lived here. Plus, enjoy a walk around the Generalife Gardens, with their ponds, courtyards, and orchards.
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Alpujarrras Day Trip from Granada

Alpujarrras Day Trip from Granada

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Discover the whitewashed mountain villages called ‘Las Alpujarras’ on a tour from Granada to Lanjarón, Pampaneira, the Poqueira Valley, Bubión, and Capileira. With a driver to handle the winding roads into the mountains, you can focus on exploring as you cover the dramatic terrain. Along the way, pause to stroll through picture-perfect villages and some of the most iconic of the Alpujarra towns.
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  • 7 hours
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Alhambra and Albaycin Private Tour

Alhambra and Albaycin Private Tour

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The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. With our guide you will jump the queue and enjoy interesting and fun legends and stories and stunning views of the best viewpoints in Granada. We will pass through the Barrio del Albaicín: private gardens, old houses, we will talk about the history of the last Muslim city in Spain. A wise man once said: "There is nothing worse than being blind in Granada." This may be the most beautiful city in the world. Get carried away by the "City Lovers"
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  • 5 hours
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Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide

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Save time when visiting the popular Alhambra fortress in Granada by pre-booking a skip-the-line admission ticket. The ticket gives you access to the Alcazaba and Generalife Gardens, where you can proceed at your own pace with an audio guide that provides informative commentary about the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nasrid Palaces not included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

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Succumb to tranquility at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus, opulent Arabian baths located in the heart of the historical Old Town. Enjoy relaxing amid candle-lit walkways and beautifully designed pools; then indulge with a massage from a professionally trained masseuse. Submerge yourself in the soothing waters of a thermal bath and inhale the scented aromas of the steam room while sipping fresh mint tea. Upgrade your experience to include a 30-minute Midra 30 or 45-minute Midra 45, both of which include an exfoliating body scrub.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Historical Tour at the City Center of Granada and Albaicin

Private Historical Tour at the City Center of Granada and Albaicin

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Feel like an authentic local on this private tour by the historical city centre of Granada and the Albaicín, the world recognized quarter. Let yourself be carried away by an experienced local guide and get lost in the tiny and cosy streets of the city of Granada. Its magnificent viewpoints, its atmosphere...A magical city to be discovered.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Granada: Alhambra, Abadia, Albaicin 3 hour historical tour

Granada: Alhambra, Abadia, Albaicin 3 hour historical tour

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Discover intriguing secrets of Granada on 3 hour historical segway tour. It's a great way to see all major sigts with local exprerienced guide. Due to special geographical location Granada offers great routes with picturesque views. The city is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains so the streets go up and down making segway probably the most comfortable way of transportation. As soon as you ready the journey begins. Cruise in the green gardens of Alhambra and learn about the majestic islamic palace. Friendly and knowledgeable guide will gladly share important historical facts of this unique place included to UNESCO World Herritage list in 1984. Pass by Plaza Nueva, Fuente del Toro, Paseo de los Tristes, old gypsy caves all the way up to Abadia del Sacromonte. The Sacromonte Abbey shows the cultural past of the city and is vital to understanding the history of Granada.
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Granada Segway Tour

Granada Segway Tour

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Make easy work of Granada’s hills and zip around the sights on this 2-hour guided Segway tour. Enjoy an intimate experience, with a small group of just six people; explore the atmospheric Albayzín and Sacromonte neighborhoods; and admire landmarks such as the San Cristobal Church, Paseo de los Tristes, and Palacio Daralhorra.
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