Granada is one of the most enchanting and beautiful cities in all of Spain. Visitors fall in love not only with its monumental historic past but also with the vibrant culture and people who live there today. As the last Moorish stronghold to fall in 1492, Granada holds many of the secrets of ancient Spain and perhaps more than any other city bears the unmistakable imprint of the Moorish reign.
On this walking tour we will explore the history and culture of this city. From the city’s origins in the narrow cobblestone streets of the Albaycin to the gardens hidden behind the walls of the old houses (Carmenes) to the hustle and bustle of the old silk market, Granada is teeming with things to do and see, so join us and get to know more about this fascinating city.
Some of the highlights of this tour include:
- The 15th century Cathedral, a renaissance building which is one of the largest in Spain. The Royal Chapel holds the crypts of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic Monarchs who united Spain.
- The Arab Silk Market. Most of the old Arab market was destroyed in a fire in ages past, but the remaining street is an explosion of colors and stolls that transports the visitor into another time and its packed with local culture and exotic things to buy.
- El Realejo, the old Jewish Quarter. This beautiful area rests between the Alhambra and the city center, and is possibly the reason for the name of the city itself! The Jewish population in Granada dates back at least to 135 A.D., and played an important role in the development of the city itself.
- The ‘Cuarto Real‘, a recently-restored Arab palace that was the summer home to the Moorish Queen and dates back to the 13th century.