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GRANADA

Tours and experiences

Granada possesses an outstanding heritage, the result of a blend of civilizations. This city will transport you to different worlds. The palaces and gardens of the Alhambra Citadel will introduce you to magical architecture and an atmosphere worthy of the Arabian Nights.

Granada also contains many other hidden traces of its rich Islamic past, which live together with monasteries and churches replete with art, such as the Royal Chapel and the Cathedral. Moreover, Granada harbours charming historical neighbourhoods, like the Albayzín, settled on the slopes of a hill, from where you can gaze at the stunning views of a city built between a fertile plain and the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada.

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TOURS

ALHAMBRA & GENERALIFE

ALHAMBRA & GENERALIFE

Perched high on a strategic hill dominating Granada, the citadel of the Alhambra displays a collection of lush gardens and magical palaces, the only royal residences of an Islamic dynasty still standing since the Middle Ages.
Courtyards, where water is omnipresent, and walls covered by refined geometric and floral motifs, recreate in a codified manner the image of the Garden of Eden.
During the three-hour visit, your guide, an expert in Islamic Art, will explain the secrets and symbols contained in these palaces worthy of the Arabian Nights - the mathematical achievements, the philosophical concepts and the metaphors of the poems carved on the walls, a reflection of a whole civilization. Duration: 3 hours Note: It is very important to make the reservation long before the visit, because a limited number of tickets are sold every day.

ALHAMBRA JUST FOR YOU

ALHAMBRA JUST FOR YOU

Get the keys to the Alhambra! Enjoy with your friends, your family or in the context of a special event, the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces in an absolutely private way, when the monument is closed to the public. Opened exclusively for you, the palaces of Comares and of the Lions will fully display their overpowering grace and magnificence. Our guide, an expert in Islamic Art, will show you the secrets and symbols contained in these palaces worthy of the Arabian Nights. Timetable: In summer, the timetable for this tour is from 20.00 to 22.00 hrs, just when the sultans’ residences and patios are wrapped in a crepuscular and copper-coloured light. In winter this will take place in twilight (18.00-20.00 hrs)

THE GARDENS OF AL-ANDALUS

THE GARDENS OF AL-ANDALUS

We invite you to discover the scents of the gardens of al-Andalus, conceived in order to produce a state of sensuous ecstasy and to recreate the image of paradise. Our official expert guide will take you through orchards, woods, gardens and palaces, inside the fortified city of the Alhambra and its surroundings. Together we will learn about the achievements in botany, agronomy and hydraulic engineering during the civilization of al-Andalus. Duration: 2:30 hours. IMPORTANT: this thematic guided tour does not visit the Nasrid Palaces, but includes a complete visit to the gardens, the Generalife and Partal palaces.

THE ALBAYZIN QUARTER AND THE CITY CENTRE

THE ALBAYZIN QUARTER AND THE CITY CENTRE

This tour provides the necessary complement to the Alhambra visit as we discover the most outstanding treasures of the Islamic and Christian Granada. It includes the visit to Albayzin, the oldest quarter and now declared a World Heritage Site, as well as the city centre. Here the Royal Chapel of the Catholic Monarchs constitutes a remarkable monument which illustrates the troubled period succeeding the Christian Reconquest. Duration: 2.5 hours

THE ISLAMIC GRANADA

THE ISLAMIC GRANADA

During this private guided tour we will explore the glorious heritage of Al-Andalus in Granada. Besides the indispensable visit to the Alhambra, we cannot ignore the Albayzín quarter (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here you will see the structure and shape of the medieval Islamic city in its labyrinthine streets marked with old palaces, cisterns, minarets converted to bell towers, gates and walls of the primitive citadel founded barely one thousand years ago. From the top of the hill we will stroll towards the city centre, which preserves some remarkable monuments of the last capital of al-Andalus - like a “hammam”, a steam bath of the 11th century, the Madrasa Yusufiya (ancient university), a “funduq” (caravanserai) of the 14th century and the reconstructed Alcaicería which recalls the once prosperous silk industry. Duration: 2.5 hours

THE ESSENCE OF GRANADA FOR A JEWISH TRAVELLER

THE ESSENCE OF GRANADA FOR A JEWISH TRAVELLER

The citadel of the Alhambra displays a collection of magical palaces, the only royal residences of an Islamic dynasty still standing since the Middle Ages. They recreate in a codified manner the image of the Garden of Eden and the beauty of the palaces of King Solomon. After almost 2 hours of tour to the Alhambra Palaces, we will walk down to Granada so as to visit the “Sephardic Palace”, a recently opened museum by the Darro River, right at the border of what it was “Gharnata al-Yahud”. The museum houses a countless number of objects that will help us to understand the importance of the presence of the Jews in medieval Iberia through their customs, religion and traditions. Duration: 4 hours

GRANADA IN THE MEMORY OF SEPHARAD

GRANADA IN THE MEMORY OF SEPHARAD

This in-depth tour into the Jewish quarter will take you to a forgotten part of the history and culture of the city. Guided by our specialist in medieval history, you will walk through the old “Gharnata al-Yahud”. Readings from the works of Yehuda ibn Tibbon, Samuel Ha-Nagid, Moses Ibn Ezra and many other brilliant Jewish minds of Gharnata will highlight the crucial contribution of Judaism to the culture of the city. After discovering the significant streets, squares and monuments of Jewish Granada, we will take a break for a drink by the statue of Ibn Tibbon and have a significant reading/debate of some selected historical sources. Then, you will visit the “Sephardic Palace”, to enjoy one of the most outstanding collections of objects related to the presence of Judaism in Spain until 1492.
Duration: 3 hours Tickets to the “Sephardic Palace” are included, as well as the drink during the break. The tour is guided by a specialist in Medieval Jewish History.

OUTINGS

ART IN MALAGA

ART IN MALAGA

With this cultural tour you will discover the essence of this Mediterranean port city founded by the Phoenicians, accompanied by our heritage-expert guide. Two mighty Islamic citadels dominate the old harbour and the city centre, which houses in a dense perimeter monuments from different ages, like the Roman Theatre. The Picasso Museum is a must-see visit where you will feel eight decades of creativity by the brilliant painter born in Malaga. Duration of the Tour: 3 hours. Distance Granada-Málaga: 1 h 30.

TWO WONDERS OF THE RENAISSANCE: ÚBEDA AND BAEZA

TWO WONDERS OF THE RENAISSANCE: ÚBEDA AND BAEZA

Discover two jewels of the Renaissance- Úbeda and Baeza. These historic cities located in the north of Andalusia received extensive patronage from the highest Spanish aristocracy in the early 16th century, bequeathing to us a splendid artistic and architectural legacy. We can visit both towns (declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites) during a full day tour. In Úbeda, the Vázquez de Molina Square houses treasures of the Renaissance in two churches, Sacred Chapel of the Saviour and the Collegiate of Saint Mary, and two palaces, the Dean Ortega and Palace of the Chains. The city of Baeza possesses other wonders of the Renaissance all around the central Square of Saint Mary, where the Cathedral and the Seminary of Saint Philip Neri stand. The Palace of Jabalquinto, with its adorned façade, represents an interesting example of the transition period between the Flamboyant Gothic and the Renaissance.
Duration: approx. 2:30 hours for each town. Break for lunch.
Úbeda is 1:40 hour drive from Granada.

DAYTRIP TO CORDOBA

DAYTRIP TO CORDOBA

Cordoba was a thousand years ago the magnificent capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. The main vestige of its splendor is of course the Great Mosque, the grandest and most beautiful ever constructed in Spain, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. The prayer hall is composed of a spectacular forest of more than 1000 columns of marble, jasper and granite, supporting overlapped arches. The adjacent Jewish Quarter, preserves a synagogue from the 14th century, and charming traditional mansions with blossoming patios. Duration: 2 h 30. Optional tour of Cordovan taverns, meeting places where your guide will introduce you to this genuine cultural tradition in a cosy atmosphere: 1 h 30. Distance Granada-Cordoba: 2 h 30

MONUMENTAL SEVILLE

MONUMENTAL SEVILLE

The walking tour, accompanied by our expert local guide, constitutes an essential and pleasurable introduction to the multicultural identity of Seville. Its Cathedral is the largest gothic building ever constructed, replete with works of art. It was built in the 15th century on the site of the ancient great mosque, which partially preserves its Orange Tree Courtyard and the astonishing Giralda, once the lofty Almohad minaret (12th century).The Real Alcázar (Royal Palace) was the seat of power throughout ages and therefore displays in its collection of palaces, dwellings and gardens an extraordinary juxtaposition and intermixing of artistic traditions. The adjacent Santa Cruz neighbourhood, which partially sheltered the Jewish quarter, maintains a distinctive way of life in its labyrinth of passageways, peaceful squares and blossoming patios. Duration: 3 h 30. Optional ride on a horse carriage, accompanied by your guide, on the majestic banks of the Guadalquivir river and the romantic gardens of Maria Luisa Park: 1 h 30. Distance Granada-Seville: 2 h 40

THE ALPUJARRAS. DEEP INTO WHITE-WASHED VILLAGES

THE ALPUJARRAS. DEEP INTO WHITE-WASHED VILLAGES

One of the very few regions that has succeeded in keeping its traditions, history and urban structure since the Middle Ages is Las Alpujarras – a series of white villages with only a few hundred inhabitants. You will get to know a region that is known for its geographical isolation and culinary traditions based on self-sufficiency (farming, crops, curing of illnesses etc.). The tour begins in the hotel, where the guide will first tell you about the rich history of the region, and then you will visit two or three villages, Pampaneira and Capileira among them, where you will have lunch and taste the superlative cuisine in the area. Duration: 6 hours- Lunch, drinks and transportation are included in this tour.

HIKING AND TRADITION

HIKING AND TRADITION

During this activity, near the South face of the Sierra Nevada in the region of the Alpujarras, you can indulge your passion for hiking along with the discovery of a past rich in history and tradition. Our local guide will select the perfect itinerary for you adapted to your needs and will traverse the natural park of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, an incomparable natural environment with valleys, rivers, vegetation and a climate perfect for trekking. Additionally you will cross through white villages with a few hundred inhabitants that have preserved their urban structures since the Middle Ages. We will be in a region that is known for its geographical isolation, gastronomic traditions based on self-sufficiency (farming, crops, curing of illnesses, etc) and a way of life that is rich in tradition and history which will allow us to understand how humans adapt to their means.
Duration: 6 hours

EXPERIENCES

PRIVATE SPANISH GUITAR CONCERT AND DINNER

PRIVATE SPANISH GUITAR CONCERT AND DINNER

Our guide will take you to one of the best local restaurants in the city where you can enjoy our rich gastronomy while a professional Spanish guitarist, in a private concert, performs a wide repertory of classical, flamenco and copla songs. This really magical and emotional moment will be the perfect ending to your day. The concert lasts about 50 minutes, beginning as the first glass of wine and the starters are served and finishing when the main courses are ready.
The dinner is always a la carte, taking your preferences into account. All of our restaurants are among the most reputable in the city, each offering a varied and exclusive experience of fine dining. Since every palate is individual, we haven´t included the cost of your meal in this evening.

THE ROOTS OF FLAMENCO. PRIVATE SHOW

THE ROOTS OF FLAMENCO. PRIVATE SHOW

In the neighborhood of Sacromonte, the most emblematic place for flamenco in Granada, we will discover the Caves. In this unique setting you can enjoy authentic flamenco shows full of magic and colour. This pure and passionate art will delight you in a private atmosphere where the fusion of dancing, singing and guitar evoke the essence of this Andalusian folk expression. Duration: tailor-made experience.

FEEL FLAMENCO FROM THE INSIDE

FEEL FLAMENCO FROM THE INSIDE

If you want to be fully immersed in the Spanish culture and traditions, this experience is for you. You will be able to take a closer look at flamenco, learn about this magnificent Andalusian art, with its different palos and styles - including the chance to try the different types of “compas” and basic steps. -
Granada Exclusive offers the opportunity to attend the “Illustrated Lecture” focused on the theory of Flamenco, with a small recital of dance, song and guitar (buleria, tangos, soleá, seguiriya, alegrías, farruca and guajira); or the “Flamenco Workshop”, a practical course adapted to the level of the participants which also includes a lecture. The demonstrations are performed live by a professional dancer.
Duration: depending on the chosen activities.

ALBAYZIN AND TAPAS TOUR

ALBAYZIN AND TAPAS TOUR

This one-hour walking tour through the maze of streets of the Albayzin will take us to Mirador San Nicolás, the finest viewing point in Granada. The walk ends in a traditional Tapas bar at the lower part of the Albayzin where we will enjoy a few drinks and have dinner tapas-style. That is the way most “Granadinos” socialise and spend time with friends and families. Duration: 3 hours. * Drinks and a wide assortment of tapas are included.

ALBAYZIN & WINE PAIRING

ALBAYZIN & WINE PAIRING

History and wine are fused in a common heritage in Granada. Let us take you with our proposal into a labyrinth of blended cultures which finds its perfect expression in the Albayzin. After the Albayzin tour, we create a private wine pairing event for you. Our sommelier will design your wine tour accordingly to your likes. During this sensory experience you will be able to taste four different top quality wines, each of them accompanied by a traditional “tapa”. Duration: approx. 3 hours.

WINE PAIRING

WINE PAIRING

We create a private wine pairing event for you. Our sommelier will design your wine tour accordingly to your likes and expectations. During this sensory experience you will be able to taste four different top quality wines, each of them accompanied by a traditional “tapa”. Duration: This experience takes about 1.5 hours.

COOKERY CLASS

COOKERY CLASS

One of the aspects that will remain longest in your memory after your visit to Spain will be its rich and exquisite gastronomy. You can take this home with you forever by learning the characteristics of Spanish recipes at the hands of professionals. During this activity, you will not just learn the secrets of Spanish cuisine, but will also be taken to a local market to select the necessary products to cook these dishes. Duration: 3 hours. *Food and drinks are included in this experience

SANGRIA MASTERCLASS

SANGRIA MASTERCLASS

What better experience could you have than taking a part of Spain home with you? With this experience, you will discover the secrets of our most famous drink, and surprise you relatives back home with a delicious glass of homemade Sangria. Along with this Sangria, you will enjoy a selection of exquisite tapas.

GREEN GOLD EXPERIENCE

GREEN GOLD EXPERIENCE

You will learn why olive trees are vital to our culture, since Andalusia is the world´s first olive-oil producer in the world. In a quiet and white-washed village at the feet of Sierra Nevada, you will go back to time in a unique 15th century olive oil mill. You will learn about the extraction process that gives the best quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Learn how to choose the best olive oils by understanding the labels and concepts like Extra Virgin Oil, organic, unfiltered, etc. Discover also with us all the benefits for your health and beauty involved in the using of olive oil. On this tour, you will also experience how fun and delicious an olive oil tasting can be. Enjoy new sensations, flavors, and aromas.
Duration: 2:30 hours. *Transportation from Granada is included in this tour

ORGANIC CAVIAR. DIAMONDS OF GASTRONOMY

ORGANIC CAVIAR. DIAMONDS OF GASTRONOMY

The tasting will take place in a specially chosen location not far from Granada, at a set table under old walnut trees in front of the sturgeon pools. An expert technician will take you on a guided tour of the pools so that you can learn about the breeding and production system. You will be able to taste a total of 45 g of caviar (15 g of each kind): Organic, Traditional and Russian Style, Champagne Taittinger Brute Reserve, Vodka, Canapé Payusnaya and Dice of caviar with Vodka. The tour lasts between 1:30 and 2 hours. You may wish to choose other options too, such as make your own caviar or touch the sturgeon.
Duration: 2 hours.

ANDALUSIA FROM THE AIR.

ANDALUSIA FROM THE AIR.

Enjoy the most spectacular sights of Andalusia from the air. We can take you by helicopter over the highest peaks of Sierra Nevada. You can fly over the only desert in Europe (Tabernas’s desert), where Sergio Leone filmed most of his iconic westerns. The coastline of Andalusia, or the magnificent monumental cities like Granada, Ronda or Seville, can be truly appreciated from a different perspective. Ask us about the different tours available and we will be pleased to help you with your aerial experience.
Duration: different options. See pricing list.

SKI IN SIERRA NEVADA

SKI IN SIERRA NEVADA

In Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range in the Iberian Peninsula, where a mixture of sun, snow and fun are almost guaranteed. Sierra Nevada is the sunniest and most snow-sure skiing resort in Spain. We can arrange world-class ski and snowboard tuition in English for you and your family, accommodation hand-picked by us plus all the additional elements such as lift passes, childcare and airport transfers.
If skiing is not possible because of the weather, we can always find alternative cultural and leisure experiences in Granada, located 25 km away from the skiing resort. We can guarantee you will not miss a single day of your holidays.

A fascinating heritage

The unique history of Granada has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Islamic palaces and Christian Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque treasures. The city has been formed around the hills, where the old districts in the Albayzín and the magnificent Citadel of the Alhambra were founded, brimming with steep, narrow streets, and marvelous landscapes.

Granada was the “last stronghold”, the last capital of the Muslim Spain conquered by the “Catholic Monarchs” Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. This date marks the final point of almost 8 centuries of Islamic presence in the Iberian Peninsula which have left us uncountable treasures. That was a year when some of the most important episodes of Spanish history were written, and they all happened in Granada.

Indeed, the discovery of America coincided that very same year in Granada, where Christopher Columbus obtained from Isabella the funds for his adventurous ocean travels, which would definitely change the face of the world. On the 31st of March of the same year, the Edict of the expulsion of the Jews was also signed in Granada, a dramatic prelude of the forced conversion of the Muslim.These edicts will sadly put an end of centuries of prolific coexistence between ethnic and religious communities. However, not a single decree is capable to cancelling centuries of cultural blending.

Granada is a unique city in the world where you can constantly navigate in between a striking Islamic architecture and remarkable Christian churches. Inside the citadel of the Alhambra itself, the bewitching and ethereal palaces of the Nasrid sultans live together with the vigorous Palace of Charles V, a masterpiece of the Renaissance in Spain. In Downtown, the oratory of the Madraza (the medieval Islamic university) is still present, just in front of the Royal Chapel which contains the marbled mausoleums of the Catholic Monarchs and beside of the Cathedral, one of the largest in the world.

Moreover, between hilly areas and the fertile plain, Granada possesses lively historical neighborhoods such as the Realejo, which calls to mind the silenced memory of the old Jewish quarter, or the Albayzín, declared a world heritage site since it marvelously preserves the shape of the medieval Islamic city in its labyrinth of narrow streets. Furthermore, the incomparable location of the city, 20 miles away from the highest peaks of Sierra Nevada and 40 miles away from the Mediterranean coast offers you the possibility of practicing many sports like skiing, hiking, diving, parasailing…

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