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Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga

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Málaga, Spain
Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga

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Overview

Visit the Alhambra and Granada on a day-long excursion from Malaga. With a guide, explore the UNESCO-listed Alhambra palace, admiring incredible Islamic architecture around the complex. After visiting the main highlights, Charles V Palace, and the Generalife Gardens, check out the landmarks of Granada on a walking tour. Numbers are limited to 20 people, and the experience includes round-trip transport from Malaga.
  • Day trip to Granada and the Alhambra from Malaga
  • Learn about the UNESCO-listed Alhambra palace on a guided tour
  • Admire elaborate architecture and visit the Charles V Palace
  • Take in views of the Albayzin enclave from the Generalife Gardens
  • Avoid long lines with entrance to Alhambra and Generalife included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This day trip gives you more than just entry to the Alhambra; you get a guided tour of it, too.
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Air-Conditioned motor-coach
Multilingual escort guide
Walking tour of the historic center of Granada
Admission and guided visit of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
Transportation from Malaga directly to Granada.
Free time
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Av. de Andalucía, 10 , Av. de Andalucía, 10, 29002 Málaga, Spain

Avenida de Andalucía 10. Bus stop nº11, in front of Caixa Bank.

8:10 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at a centrally located meeting place or wait in your Malaga hotel lobby for a pickup. Then, travel toward Granada with your guide and group. The historic town is a must-visit stop on any Spain vacation, but it’s the Alhambra that’s Granada’s main calling card.

Set in the hills beneath the sweeping Sierra Nevada mountains, the Moorish palace is home to dazzling displays of Islamic architecture that have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Discover the palace's standout sights on a tour, then check out the neighboring Charles V Palace and the Generalife Gardens. Have your camera ready to capture the vistas over Granada and Albayzin, the city’s old Muslim quarter.

Travel into Granada for a meal at your own expense, then make the most of some time at your leisure. After a Granada walking tour, return to your transport for the journey to Malaga. Your day trip ends back at the starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Alhambra
The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, was built in the 13th century. It is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, demolished part of the architectural complex to build the Palace which bears his name in the 16th century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Generalife
The Generalife is a garden area attached to the Alhambra which became a place of recreation and rest for the Granada Muslim kings. The Generalife gardens are also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Albayzin
After the Alhambra visit, discover from the hand of your guide the beautiful historic center of Granada. Before returning, you will also have free time to scroll around its streets.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that the itinerary of this tour will be subject to the Alhambra visiting hours provided by the Council of the Alhambra
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Due to the policy of the Council of the Alhambra, all bookings must include for each passenger, without exception, the following data at the moment of reservation: Name and Surname all the passengers
  • Please note that the duration of the tour is approximate and can vary.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The tour will be confirmed once we have access to check availability of entrances fees of the Alhambra Palace.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga.
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What is the social distancing policy during Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full Day to Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Direct from Malaga.

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  • "Note for some (not us) but there is a lot of walking and steep steps for those less able." See review

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star-1
Terrible raining day!
karen_k
, Apr 2022
We were scheduled to go the day of the Sahara sand storm and pouring rain. We were cautioned to not be outside during these conditions due to poor air quality. I tried to cancel but was told no! I can't subject myself to unhealthy conditions and the tour should have been canceled.
star-3
Alhambra visit
Freedom144106
, Oct 2019
The bus was late, and when we called Julia Travel, after some good minutes for finding someone speaking in English, a nervous lady told me there there are another 20 people waiting for the same bus, so why do I fuss about. As if the information that we are not the only ones left to wait in the street should have been enough. The guide was bossy, when he spoke, no one else was aloud to murmur:-), but well prepared for the trip. The local guide in Alhambra was a real pleasure! passionate about the topic, a lot of interesting information, an attentive approach toward us, so congrats!
star-2
Small group tour??
Helen_S
, Oct 2019
Booked through this website as advertised as small group tour. So was very surprised when 52 seater coach turned up, and there only appeared a couple of empty seats when we departed. El Alhambra itself is stunning though the tour itself is fast paced and we did have problems understanding the guide. Be warned on leaving the attraction there is a steep walk down to the town centre then after a couple of free hours in Granada another 20 minute walk back to the coach again at a fast pace. You have to be fit!!
star-5
A must tour
Chris_C
, Sep 2019
The Alhambra and the gardens were amazing and a must visit. The guides were very good, especially Andy who described the Alhambra and gardens very well.
star-4
Alhambra is nice, but visiting Granada was "nothing"
Birgitte R
, Jul 2019
Alhambra Palace and the gardens was a nice experience, but the stop in Granada down town was 2,5 hours with no value.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Satisfactory
Dream39309335551
, Jul 2019
It was all you can expect from a one-day trip. We've seen all of the Alhambra necessary parts (Nasrid Palaces included), and also a bit of Granada. A little bit rushed due to midday hours of visiting Alhambra, but enjoyable nonetheless.
star-5
Al Hambra tour
Anne_M
, Jun 2019
We, my sister 2 brothers sister in law and husband found the trip to Alhambra great. The bus, the tour guide on the bus was very attentive. His English was good and easy understood. The alhambra was magnificent and all be that we walked for 3 hours, it seemed like 30 minutes, we were so engrossed with the splendor of the place. I would recommend anyone to go and take the guided tour as the whole of the palaces and gardens are taken in.
star-3
Alhambra Palace
Jeemol U
, Jun 2019
Very good site. The tour rushed us through the main Nasrid Palace, which was disappointing. Spent most of our time in the gardens!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Way to the Alhambra was not so great what once you are there it's amazing!
LauraMilena_D
, May 2019
I would strongly recommend to remove the guy on the bus. Hearing random facts about the region in 4 different languages is very annoying, especially when he doesn't make a correct translation (at least the German version was very bad) The guide in the Alhambra was great! Perfect German and had very interesting stories about the place. We had a great time there! After the tour we had around 90 minutes in the city center which basically it's only enough for eating something. It could be better to just return one hour earlier.
star-4
Alhambra
Kathleen_J
, May 2019
The pickup was very smooth and the drive to Alhambra good and also offered one comfort stop. The tour guide Paco was very friendly, knowledgeable, spoke different languages clearly (including English) and gave us good commentary all the way there. The tour pick up from Alhambra was well managed and our guide was excellent. Note for some (not us) but there is a lot of walking and steep steps for those less able. Thoroughly enjoyable. What I didn’t like was the Granada town drop. There is no tour and virtually no guidance. The bus parking is too far from the centre of town and by that stage Paco was tired and probably only wanted lunch (perhaps understandably). Nonetheless it was a very disappointing component of the tourm
star-5
Excellent day trip
david_n
, May 2019
This was a great day. We went to granada in the morning and the Alhambra palace after lunch.The guides were friendly and well informed. The day was excellent value for money.
star-5
Excellent day trip
david_n
, May 2019
This was a great day to Grenada and the Alhambra palace. The guides were excellent and well informed. The Alhambra palace is magnificent. This is a wonderful day trip.
star-2
mistreatment of elderly event participants and poor communication with all participants
SUSAN_B
, Apr 2019
An elderly woman had considerable pain and difficulty during the 20 minute downhill walk from the Alhambra. The guide left her behind with her husband in Granada, a crowded urban area. When we stopped in a plaza for free time to find lunch, the guide complained to us that he would have to use his free time to go back and find them. The organization should provide participants with the name and address of the bus meeting point (which was over a mile from the Alhambra) so that participants can make their own way to the meeting point without being lost. Verbal announcement of a meeting point in a strange city before people realize they will need it, is not a professional solution. The guide's attitude was shameful.
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Carina_C
, Apr 2019
Everything was very smooth, the pickup was in time and easy to find and the guide at the Alhambra, Maria-Jose, was so friendly and really knew a lot of facts and could answer our questions.
star-1
Alhambra is amazing! The tour is teribble
Dimitri H
, Mar 2019
We where picked up in the morning at 8 by a bus that was already packed! And some couples where taking dubble seats. We stopped after a hour for a 30 min “tecnical” stop. In the bus there was a guide (jean-piere) who we didnt understand all.. and we didnt see him much the whole tour. We where at the alhambra and had to wait 20 minutes before we could in because he lost members of the group.. the guid anthonio inside the alhambra was amazing! And knew alot. Then we where promissed to had free time in the city around 2,5 hours and we had to walk from the alhambra down to the city.. now are young people but there where also older people around 70 who had to walk also.. when we where finaly in the city, they told us that we had 1HOUR free time.. so everyone was upset about it!! And after that one small hour we had to walk again but now for 20 minutes to the bus again, instead of picking us up at the city. On the way back after a 45 min we had to stop for another “tacnical” problem, and guess what?! At the same resturant?.. then we noticed its just a deal between them so we eat and drink there something. Instead of letting us stop there 2 times they could have gaven us more free city time. Overall, the alhambra is beautiful! But i would never recoment this tour. Viator thankyou, tankyou for the worst tour i have ever been on.
star-4
An interesting daytour at the Alhambra
Anders_U
, Jan 2019
We spent a day with going from Malaga to Granada and return. It was an excellent and interesting tour with a very nice guidness - both at the bustrip and onsite at Alhambra palace.The tour inside Alhambra had a very good guide with a lot of intersting facts and stories to tell.If You visit Alhambra it´s a must to have a guide in the area - otherwise I think it is realy hard to get something out of the walking.Most of the day was perfect but some stop was not really necesarry. First the bus took us by narrow streets up on a hill to watch the Alhambra in distance. That was actually not wort the time we spent there. Just some walls fare away to watch.The other thing was the stop back to Malaga in the afternoon. It was a "trap" for getting some oliveoil being sold at a coffeshop. We just wanted to come back to Malaga.Otherwise we rather had some more free time to spend in Granada after visiting the Alhambra palace.
star-4
A memorable experience!
David_W
, Jan 2019
We enjoyed the tour once we were in Granada. But we were concerned about the local tour company saying that there were no pick up places (e.g. hotels) in Malaga. When the bus arrived at the pickup point it was already 1/2 full! We had to cancel two other tours because of this.
star-3
Alhambra Gardens great, Granada not so much
Joanna_W
, Jul 2018
Our tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Our guide was amazing, but she had to do multiple languages, as there were 2 couples that spoke spanish and not english. made our tour a bit longer, but our guide did a good job of trying to balance it. Our bus tour was another story. The man who was the guide on the bus did not speak english well, and the bus was a mix of french, spanish and english. The guide seemed like he was reading the same script in 3 languages and was not gracious at all. He was rude, and since we did not understand english, any question we asked was met with hostility. also, we got to granada during siesta, so the only choice we had to do was eat lunch and could not shop. Alhambra, totally worth it. The rest of it, not so much
star-5
We would like to thank your tour...
Elena_Z
, Jun 2018
We would like to thank your tour leader Paco Ruiz, for a beautiful tour of the unforgettable Granada and Alhambra. It was a great experience and at the same time it was very educational. For those who love history and architecture, once again Granada is the city not to miss. Well done and thank you Paco.
star-5
This was a wonderful trip to the...
Harriet M
, Apr 2018
This was a wonderful trip to the past. Our guide was so great--she really made the history of the area come to life. I think it was one of the best tours I have done!!

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