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Alhambra Tours – Is it worth taking a tour?
The Alhambra complex is a historical complex crafted out of pure creativity and art. It derives its Arabic coined name from the red color of its walls. It is found on the west side of the city of Granada. It is situated strategically such that it is possible to have a view of the entire Granada city.
The Alhambra is an architectural masterpiece with all the spaces in the complex filled with decorations. The complex has different attractions that are a combination of gardens and palaces. These attractions include:
Charles V Palace and surrounding areas: The Charles V Palace is an ancient building that spots ancient architecture. It was built for purposes of the Emperor’s comfort since the palaces were not comfortable enough. The surrounding places of interest are the Square of the Cisterns, the Justice Tower, and the Wine Gate.
Nasrid Palaces. These palaces were the residential places for the kings. When you visit, you will be taken on a tour of the Comares Palace, the Mexuar, and the Palace of the Lions.
Towers and higher Alhambra. The Alhambra has many different towers that were used to serve different purposes in the ancient times.
Generalife. The Generalife is where the kings used to spend their leisure time. Official business was not conducted here.
Tour options have been designed to cater for the diverse kind of people who wish to visit the Alhambra. The available tour options are:
- Self-guided tours where a tourist will visit the attractions with an audioguide
- Guided tours where a guide will accompany the tourists.
So, just how much value do you get by booking a tour to the Alhambra? Due to the huge demand for tickets to the Alhambra, as well as the limit to the number of persons who can visit it in a day, I recommend that you book a ticket at least a month before your visit.
Easy – advance tickets mean that all you have to do is show up at the chosen time.
Focused –A guided tour of the Alhambra will ensure that you have a feel of everything there is to experience. The Alhambra is wealthy with plenty of sight-seeing and a guide will help you spend quality time on what is important.
All your questions answered – The marvels of the Alhambra will leave you intrigued and puzzled at the same time. Who better to answer your questions than the accompanying guide? As adventurous as I am, I often find myself keen on details and I always want explanations for things I may need details about. Yes, one can look up details over the internet. But why waste such precious time when a guide has more details that will be provided interactively?
Let no detail escape you! – When I visit places, I often tend to underestimate the amount of detail behind things that appear obvious. Always, a guide will come to my rescue and unravel details that I could never have imagined.
Alhambra tours – Which one is right for you?
Nobody wants a boring outdoor experience. Because of this, I often find myself being cornered by tourists to give a personal preference for the kind of tour one should go for. Believe me, there is no bad tour. It all depends on your budget and what you wish to experience.
Most of the skip-the-line ticket tours by Alhambra have an English-speaking guide. Here is a list of the tour options that you get to choose from:
- Audio-guided tours
- Private tours
- Group tours
- Avoid the crowd: early morning & night tours
- Alhambra Tours with Arab Bath included
- Alhambra Tours with a Flamenco show
- Day trips & Guided tours of the Alhambra from Seville
- Day trips & Guided tours of the Alhambra from Malaga
Alhambra tours – audioguided tours
This is the cheapest option, the cost is the entrance ticket plus 6 euros for the audio guide rental. Check online here for best prices.
You have an option to forego the Alhambra guided tours for an audio-guide. Compared to a printed info-guide, an audio-guide will provide you with more information.
I still recommend that you secure the services of a human guide. A human guide will provide you with much more information. The fact that the experience will be interactive, no question will go unattended and you will learn more.
You can pay for an Alhambra Audio-Guide to be included in your pre-booked ticket or you can still pay for it once you are in the museum.
Alhambra tours – private tours
An Alhambra private tour is quite advantageous. You get to skip the line and make decisions on what you want to see. You have the power to use the time to your convenience since you can slow or hasten the sightseeing. Also, you make a choice of the language you want. Better still, you have the privilege of choosing to be picked up from a hotel you might be residing in. Check out TourScanner for available rates.
Alhambra tours – group tours
The group is among the most popular Alhambra. These tours have up to 30 people per group. Like the other tours, you skip the line and a knowledgeable guide is availed.
To enhance the tour experience, “whisper” headphones are provided. These headphones are able to refine the speech from the tour guide so that his or her voice will be impressively audible.
Often, groups tend to select the “small-group tour” billing when, in reality, the group has up to 30 tourists. I, therefore, advise that you check the limit on the number of participants allowed in a group so that you get the best out of the tour experience. Preferably, make a private or a semi-private booking and the tour experience will be top-notch.
Avoid the crowd – early morning & night Alhambra tours
Alhambra tours are well designed to accommodate everybody. Time is always a great factor to consider when planning for anything. For flexibility, there are both early morning and night Alhambra tours. In these tours, you skip the line and spare quality tour time.
Both the early morning and night tours are the best options if you want to stay away from crowds. You will also be guided by a local expert.
Alhambra tours with Arab Bath included
In this package, you start with a morning tour of your preferred attractions. In the afternoon, you spend time relaxing in the Arab baths also known as the Hamman Al Andalus. In this tour, you can also upgrade the package to have a massage included.
Alhambra tours with a Flamenco show
In this package, you will be treated to a Flamenco show experience inside the Sacromonte cave. You do the show after touring the Alhambra in the morning hours. You will also be part of a traditional dinner cuisine experience.
Alhambra tours from Seville
You do not have to worry if you happen to reside in a hotel in Seville. Some websites recommend that you consider a day trip originating from Seville with the ticket and a guided visit of the Alhambra included in the price. It will be a great travel experience all the way. After your tour of Alhambra, you will be taken to the Granada city center for lunch. After lunch, you can take a walk and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the Albaicin quarter.
Alhambra tours from Malaga
A journey from Malaga to Granada is a typical shore excursion. On this package, you skip the line and will have a local expert guide all through. You spend about two hours aboard an air-conditioned bus.
After you have been through the information-rich and magnificent architecture, you will have ample time to explore Granada. When time is up, you hop into the van and travel back to Malaga.
Is there any free Alhambra tours?
You may be on a tight budget and cannot afford to pay for the available tour packages. Unfortunately, none of the Alhambra tours is free. The only cheap tour you can have is the Audio-Guided tour where you only part with an extra 6 Euros.
However, the Alhambra can be accessed without paying a dime during the Open Doors Day on November 16. This special day has been set aside as the International Day of World Heritage.
Are any Alhambra tours included in the Granada Card?
Being in possession of a Granada Card gives you rights to access the Alhambra even when the tickets are sold out. However, no guided tours are available for the Granada Card holders.
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I hope I have answered all the questions you may have regarding Alhambra tours. Wishing you a great visit in Granada and enjoy your tour of Alhambra. Have fun !
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