Special dates 8:00 h. 159,00 € / Adult y 99,00 € / Child (3-11 years)
Full-day Shore Excursion from the Cruising port of Almeria to discover the Jewel of Andalusia, the exquisite Alhambra Palace in Granada. Customized excursion in order to ensure your timely return to the Port of Almeria.
Our staff will be waiting for you at the Cruise Ship Pier in Almeria. We'll start our shore excursion with a comfortable, scenic drive through gorgeous Andalusian countryside, discovering a variety of landscapes while passing through the stunning Desert of Tabernas (moon-like scenery and place where the famous Dollar Trilogy starring Clint Eastwood was shot), travel along the famous Sierra Nevada Mountains while discovering from away the highest peaks of the Iberian Peninsula – Mulhacen 3482 mt. and Veleta – 3393 mt.) to reach Granada, the former capital of the Moorish Nasrid Kingdom.
About halfway we will make a stop with the possibility to have a coffee and use the toilets. Upon arrival we will do a walking tour into the city center of Granada and you’ll enjoy as well some free time at your disposal to keep exploring this magnificent Moorish city, have something to eat or buying some souvenirs.
Later on we will discover the most visited monument in Spain, the Alhambra Palace of Granada, the jewel of Andalusian heritage and masterpiece of Muslim art in Europe, former residence of the Moorish sultans. Discover Alhambra with a professional live guide. Skip the long lines and immerse yourself in history. For 2.5 hours your guide will lead you along the streets and through the palaces, courtyards and famous Generalife Gardens of the Alhambra. You’ll learn about the history of the monument, typical Moorish architecture and the lives of the Nasrid sultans who lived in these palaces.
In the afternoon we start the return-trip to our ship. Arrival at Almeria Cruising Port and the end of our service.
Included in our prices:
- Travel - insurance
- Transport by modern bus
- English speaking tour escort during the whole excursion
- Skip the line admission to the Alhambra Palace (Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Gardens)
- Professional live guide (or electronic guide)
At the foot of Sierra Nevada, between the rivers Darro and Genil, lies one of the most interesting cities in eastern Andalusia: Granada, founded by the Romans under the name Illiberis. Later, in the 8th century AC., after the invasion of the peninsula by the Muslims, they gave it the actual name of Granada. The Catholic King and Queen reconquered the city in 1492 in order to complete the Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula for Christianity. Queen Isabel of Castille received Christopher Columbus during the siege of the city and offered him the means to start his voyage to the West Indies.
This troubled history left its footprints in Granada by means of palaces, churches and other buildings that proclame the rich cultural heritage of Granada. The monumental complex of Alhambra and Generalife, fortress, city and palace of the Nasrid Kings is world famous because of its beauty as of its impressive view offered to the visitors by its privileged situation. Within the complex we can also find the Renaissance Palace built by Emperor Charles V.
In front of the Alhambra on another hill is situated the district Albaicin, a narrow and fascinating maze of little streets where white houses with patios are known as carmenes. Not far from the Albaicin is another emblematic district, Sacromonte. Known because of the caves where one can still enjoy the most pure flamenco shows.
The city has one one of the largest cultural heritages of the country. Apart from the worldfamous Alhambra and the district of Albaicin, called by the UNESCO as Heritage of Humanity, Granada has a Cathedral in Renaissance style, whose construction was started in the sixteenth century and is considered to be the first of Spain in this style. Directly next door lies the Royal Chapel, built as a tomb for and by orders of the Catholic Kings. Many other churches can be found in the city, built by the Moors after the Reconquest, which gave birth to a unique style, known as Mudejar.