Alhambra: “Territory, space and city”

  • Alhambra: “Territory, space and city”

Description of the visit ”Territory, space and city”

During the thirteenth century, two sister cities grew in parallel in the current Granada, independent but needing one of the other. On the Sabika hill, rises the palatial city of the Alhambra, the official residence of the royal family and their servants and artisans. While at his feet, along the Darro river, life flowed over the bourgeois city of Granada, inhabited by artisans and merchants. Although on a different scale, the same artistic and functional standards can be recognized and identified in both cities during this special tour.

In the 11th century, the Zirid dynasty settled its capital in Granada, on the hill of the Alcazaba Qadima, and since then, the city began to gain importance within Al- Andalus: the population increased, so that the city extend into the plains nearby, new neighbourhoods grew across the river, such as the suburb of Al- Fajjarin, today called Realejo neighbourhood. For strategic and geographical reasons, Alhamar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty, moved the seat of his kingdom to the Sabika Hill, where a Ziri fortress already existed, and the new city of the new sultans was created around it.

The Alhambra in Granada was not only the Nasrid royal residence, but it also had an important role as “citadel”, “another rising city, above the rich and populous Granada” as described in the 14th century by Granadian poet, Ibn Al- Khatib . It was a private town, with its medina and main streets, as High Royal Street, Down Royal Street, or Ronda Street, around the entire perimeter of the wall, flowing into the Justice Gate.

These two cities Granada and the Alhambra, gather similar features like a sober outward appearance, coupled with a richly adorned interior. In the case of the Alhambra, it was the highest representation of Nasrid art, but it also may be seen previously in Granada in buildings such as the Royal Room of Santo Domingo or the House of the Girones.


 Route of the visit ”Territory, space and city”

1. Justice Gate 11. The Urban District and Calle Real (Royal Street), Muhammad III Bath and the Alhambra Medina
2. Wine Gate 12. Seven-Storeys Gate
3. Arms Gate and the gate next to the tower Torre de la Vela 13. Parapet Walk and Abencerrajes Palace
4. Tahona Gate and the area next to Mexuar 14. Justice Gate
5. Madraza of the Princes Court and Machuca Court 15. Ears Gate
6. Machuca Gallery 16. Plaza Nueva
7. The Mexuar- Oratory 17. The Corral del Carbón
8. Court of the Guilded Room 18. The Alcaicería
9. The Court of the Myrtles and Throne Room 19. The Madraza
10. The Court of the Lions

Details of the visit ”Territory, space and city”

  • Included: Ticket for all the spaces of the route, some of them are closed to public and will be opened specially for this visit, and the company and guidance of our oficial guide.
  • Not included: transport and lunch.
  • Language: Spanish & English.
  • Meeting point: Granavision Welcome Visitor Centre From 8:45 to 9:15.
  • Duration: 4 hours, aprox. (from 9.30 to 14.00).
  • Date: Fridays at 9:30.
  • Limited. Groups up to 30 people.

NOTE: This type of visit focueses on specific aspects of the Alhambra. Therefore, the ticket does not give acess to the full area of the Nasrid Palaces, the Fortress or the Generalife Gardens, but, on the other hand, it includes some areas that usually are closed to the public visit inside the monumental complex and other selected places in Granada. 


Your booking will be confirmed automatically upon finalizing the purchase process through our encrypted payment system. You can easily pay with your credit card (VISA and MasterCard) or by bank transfer
You will receive an email with the confirmation of your payment and the voucher of the visit.
You must print this voucher and handle it to your guide before the beginning of your visit, and you will receive your ticket for the monument. This voucher is the proof of your purchase and no other proof will be accepted to make the guided tour.
If you want to modify or cancel your reservation, please, contact us through our Custom Service form.

Additional Information

Due to the duration and the lenght of the tour, we recommend the usage of comfortable shoes and the intake of enough water during the visit.
Sometimes, for indications of the Patronate of the Alhambra, the order of the visit could be modified, as well as some places cannot be visited, so in case this happens the agency will change the itinerary to another ordered by the Patronate, without reducing the duration of the tour.

We recommend you to be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour.If you want to modify or cancel your reservation, please, contact us through our Custom Service form or phone us at  (+34) 682 086 011 or at (+34) 958 535 872.


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