Granada excursion from Seville
On this day trip to Granada from Seville, go on a guided tour of the Alhambra and enjoy free time to get to know some of the city’s other important monuments.
The trip between the two cities lasts about 3 hours, including a stop about halfway, in order to cover the 250 kilometres between Seville and Granada. However, this time is still worthwhile since La Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and one of the most beautiful examples of historic and artistic heritage in the country.
The main protagonist of the tour is the splendour of Granada’s La Alhambra. Here are just a few ways to describe this palace in Granada: World Heritage Site, great jewel of Spanish heritage, and eternal candidate for the list of the current Seven Wonders of the World. During the visit to La Alhambra, you will discover a million and one reasons for such praise.
Our excursion to Granada from Seville includes VIP entrance to La Alhambra and a guided tour of approximately 2.5 hours throughout this magnificent complex.
We will begin this journey through history and art in the oldest area of the fort: La Alcazaba. This area is the origin of La Alhambra and was commissioned by the Moorish Kings of Granada as an impenetrable defensive castle above the city.
We will continue our tour by visiting the Nazarene palaces of Los Leones, Mexuar and Comares. In these palaces, we will find the most beautiful and emblematic places of our visit, such as the Patio de los Arrayanes(Court of the Myrtles), the Patio de la Alberca (Court of the Blessing or Court of the Pond), the Court of Lions and fountain or the Hall of the Ambassadors.
On the tour through the palace rooms, we will appreciate the extravagance of imagination in the form of traceries, sculptures, mosaics and fountains that transform La Alhambra into one of the most spectacular Spanish monuments.
We will finish up our tour through La Alhambra in El Generalife, a palace within the palace. This residence was used by the Nazrene kings as a place of retreat and rest, mainly in the summer. In addition to the palace, we will pass through its beautiful gardens where Moorish artists created an idyllic space by combining architecture, water, aromas and vegetation.
The Generalife Gardens mark the end of the tour of La Alhambra, but our day in Granada is not over yet. You will have about 2 hours of free time to get to know the city and discover its major attractions. Take the opportunity to visit the solemn Royal Chapel, where the Catholic Monarchs are buried, or the impressive Cathedral of the Incarnation of Granada, one of the most celebrated works of the Spanish renaissance.
You can also walk along the lovely Paseo de los Tristes, through the animated Plaza Nueva or through the popular neighbourhoods of Sacramente and Albaicin.
If you prefer, you can simply go shopping or get something to eat. The goal is that you take full advantage of those two hours in the city before it’s time to return to the bus and head back to Seville.
The return journey will seem much shorter as you reflect on the impressive visit to La Alhambra and El Generalife. It is a unique, beautiful and admirable monument that undoubtedly will remain in your memory as one of the most impressive places you will ever visit.
Note: excursion is not suitable for people with limited mobility.