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 1. TOUR ALHAMBRA

Something very surprising about the Alhambra is to discover that it is not a palace or a group of palaces. It was an independent big city which was begun to be built in the year 1238. It has a walled area of 100.000 m2(119.600 square yards), divided in three different quarters which is inside a productive zone of 500 hectares (1235 acres). So the Alhambra was, and still is in a way, a whole territory. You can find lovely gardens, original orchards from the 13th century, remarkable views over Granada and astonishing Palaces which will seduce you with their magnificent beauty.

Description: A general tour to understand the chosen place where the Alhambra was built, about the construction and development throughout these eight centuries. The visit goes over the essential spaces, while focussing on the history and way of life regarding the Alhambra.

Main places included in the tour: Woods of the Alhambra, Gate of Justice, Alcazaba, area of the palaces, the Medina, gardens, Generalife and orchards.

Duration: 3 hours

Meeting point: Ticket office of the Alhambra

Distance: 5 kilometres

Elevation: 100 metres

Level: Easy

Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes.

 

 

2. THE OLD GRANADA: THE ALBAICIN AND SACROMONTE

Description: Granada is a city settled on hills and the oldest one is the Albaicin. It still has remarkable features of its Spanish-Muslim past and architecture. The city evolved after the conquest, Christianising spaces and adapting them to the new cultural way of life. From the highest place of the city, this tour visits many areas such as the Sacromonte (the cave neighbourhood) and the Albaicin, with narrow streets and spectacular viewpoints over the hill of the Alhambra. The tour finishes on the flat area of Granada, visiting contemporary architecture which was influenced and inspired by this historical legacy.

Main places included in the tour: San Miguel Alto, Path of the Enmedio, Walk of the Sacromonte, Viewpoint of San Nicolas, the Gate of las Pesas, Plaza Larga, Dar al-Horra, narrow streets of the Albaicin, Hammam.

Duration: 3 hours

Meeting point: Conference Palace of Granada for the transfer to San Miguel Alto

Distance: 4 kilometres

Elevation: 0 metres

Level: Easy

Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes

Includes:

  • Tickets to the places we visit

 

3. CHRISTIAN INTERVENTIONS IN GRANADA AFTER THE CONQUEST

Description: Right after the conquest by the Catholic Monarchs in the year 1492, a Christian urban plan was applied to the City of Granada to give a new Christian appearance to the city. The new governors begun to renew the Islamic city with traditional symbols and sacred spaces. There were iconic urban interventions in the city centre and the main program was developed surrounding it. The building of churches and monasteries so Granada would become a new Jerusalem. The Cathedral consists of three different buildings (the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel and the Tabernacle) and is a good example of this interesting period of history of Granada.

Main places included in the tour: Royal Chapel, Cathedral, San Jeronimo monastery.

Duration: 2 hours.

Distance: 2 kilometres

Elevation: 0 metres

Level: Easy

Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes

Includes:

  • Tickets to the places we visit

 

4. FLAMENCO, ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORY IN GRANADA

Description: In Granada the evolution of flamenco has created a unique phenomenon: the Zambra, which have had a major influence in the development of great universal artists from Granada. During the 19th century the taverns became full of amateurs, which was the key to keeping the tradition of singing alive. The opening of the first business Zambra took place towards the end of this period, and it was the beginning of a new era. All this is part of a rich history which began at the end of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, but mainly after the expulsion of Muslim people from Spain. The visit includes important sites for flamenco in Granada, which goes along with a ‘cantaor’ (flamenco singer). In parallel with the history of flamenco, the cantaor will sing some examples from the oldest types of songs to the newest.

Main places included in the tour: The façade of the house where Enrique Morente was born, Peña de la Plateria, (the oldest flamenco association of the world) Sacromonte, dinner in a traditional place and an exclusive flamenco show in one of the most famous caves.

Duration: 3 hours (4 hours with the flamenco show)

Distance: 4 kilometres

Elevation: 80 metres

Level: Easy

Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes

 

5. JEWISH GRANADA

Since the 1st century it is known that there was a great Jewish community in the Iberian Peninsula, and in the Middle Ages, it became one of the biggest in the world. The sephardic culture marked the evolution of al-Andalus, due to the way of living, the traditions and its influence.

It is impossible to understand the history of the Iberian Peninsula if we don’t pause and think about the Jewish reality and its legacy. The culture, the art, the music, the poetry and the science had Sephardic well-known members who will left a stamp in the wisdom of al-Andalus

Description: In the 9th century we find the chronicler and geographer al-Rasi who named this town like Garnata al-Yahud. They were a very influential community with important political posts. We can still find some of the corners of the old Jewish quarter and know its history remembering the most relevant well-known people which determined the history of Granada. This tour goes through these areas of the town which are very helpful to understand what it was like by then and their relation with the authorities.

Main places: Realejo quarter, the Sephardic Museum, The palace of the forgotten ones, Casa de los Tiros, the laundry area of the sun, Campo del Principe.

Duration: 2 hours

Distance: 3 kilometres

Elevation: 0 metres

Level: easy

Recommendations: wear comfortable shoes

 

6. SCIENCE IN AL-ANDALUS

 

In our walk around the city of Granada we will focus mainly on the medina. This lower part of the city is particularly interesting as we will discover the public infrastructure of a medieval islamic urban center. The aim of the tour is to relate sightseeing with the major scientific developments of the History of al-Andalus, known also as Moorish Spain. We will start at Plaza Nueva and head for the 11th century hammam called Bañuelo. People cared about their personal hygiene but physicians included cleanliness and healthy diets as a good practice to prevent diseases. Thanks to a very sophisticated hydraulic infrastructure they created public baths but also botanical gardens where they grow new plants for nutritional and medical purposes. All this knowledge was transmitted thanks to books and paper, and thanks to a sophisticated learning system. First they used to teach in mosques, then they build Madrasas, schools owned and controlled by the rulers, like the Madrasa of Granada. After visiting the 14th century Madrasa we will stop at the former the luxury market, the Alcaicería, and discover the Corral del Carbón, a lodge for traders and their goods. Trade within the region and with North Africa and the Middle East brought new goods and ideas that were exchanged in such markets. To facilitate commerce within the greater arabic-islamic empire they invented devices like astrolabes. At the end, all the knowledge they achieved and all the craftsmanship they developed can usually be admired in a sultan’s palace, like the Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo. This last monument to visit on our walk around the city is a wonderful little jewel. Half defensive structure, half pleasure palace, the Cuarto Real is a rare example of the early nasrid art and architecture (13th-15th century).

 

Main places: Bañuelo (Hammam), Madrasa, Alcaicería, Corral del Carbón, Cuarto Real.

Duration: 3 hours

Distance: 3 kilometres

Elevation: 0 metres

Level: easy

Recommendations: wear comfortable shoes

 

7. FLAMENCO IN SACROMONTE CAVES.

The Zambra is the dancing and singing ritual of the Gypsies of Granada, it is composed of three dances and symbolises the courtship and the gypsy wedding. The name of Zambra derives from the name Zamra (Flute) or Zamara (Musicians); it was a musical genre coming from the Moorish of Granada. When they were persecuted during the XVI-XVII centuries, they united and transmitted their music to the groups of Gypsies of Granada that settled in the Sacromonte. These latter ones inherited it and fused it in a very own spectacle that with the passage of centuries gave rise to the world-wide known FLAMENCO. It was declared as World Intangible Heritage in 2010, making of it one of the Universal Arts of the World. The Flamenco is in every corner of this wonderful city, get lost with us in a world of Art and Passion, experience the sensation of the music and the dance.

“Delight all your senses with the flamenco art and magic.”

Options:

A ) Flamenco Show In Sacromonte Caves.

Duration: 60 - 70 Minutes.

Included : Flamenco Show + 1 Drink.

B ) Flamenco Show + Dinner In Sacromonte Caves.

Duration: 2,00 – 2,30 Hours.

Included : Flamenco Show + 1 Drink + Dinner.

 

 

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

ENGLISH

OPTIONAL LANGUAGES ( MINIMUM 10 PEOPLE )

PRIVATE OR SMALL GROUPS

Tour Alhambra General ( Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife ).

55,00 €

60,00 €

Consult us - Subject Availability.

Tour Albaicín and Sacromonte ( The Old Granada ).

55,00 €

60,00 €

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Tour Science in Al-Andalus.

50,00 €

55,00 €

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Christian Granada Tour.

45,00 €

50,00 €

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Jewish Granada Tour.

45,00 €

50,00 €

Consult us - Subject Availability.

Tour Flamenco With a Flamenco Singer " Cantaor ".

55,00 €

60,00 €

Consult us - Subject Availability.

Tour Flamenco With a Flamenco Singer " Cantaor " + Flamenco Show + Dinner in Sacromonte Cave.

110,00 €

115,00 €

Consult us - Subject Availability.

Flamenco Show In Sacromonte Cave.

26,00 €

26,00 €

Available.

A minimum of participants is not required.

Flamenco Show + Dinner In Sacromonte Cave.

58,00 €

58,00 €

Available

A minimum of participants is not required.

*** Price per person and activity.