Getting around Granada
There are many visit options:
General Day Visit: (morning or afternoon) includes Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba, Medina & Generalife gardens.
Gardens Day Visit: (morning or afternoon) includes Alcazaba, Medina & Generalife gardens.
Night Visit: you can choose between Nasrid Palaces or/and Generalife gardens.
Special Visit: (during sunset & before the night visit) the space is reserved for you exclusively in order to provide your group with the maximum privacy, it’s focus normally for special groups like incentives.
SLC Incoming expertise in organizing all type of visits according to each group profile:
Touristic groups (adults, students, retired…)
Cruise’s shore excursions (from Almería, Motril or Málaga)
Private tours for associations, friends or families
Specialized visits for experts in a specific subject like Archeology, History, Arts, Gastronomy…
The Cathedral: Diego de Siloé found the perfect way of combining a Renaissance dome with a Gothic floor plan. The construction of this building lasted almost 200 years and seven architects were involved, we must stress Enrique Egas, Diego de Siloé and Alonso Cano.
The Royal Chapel: houses the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Ferdinand together with their daughter, Juana (the crazy), and her husband, Felipe (the handsome). In its Vestry-Museum we can also appreciate a great variety of personal belongings like portraits, tapestries, ornaments and paintings from Flemish, Italian and Spanish painters.
The Madraza: former Muslim School of Koranic Law, located next to the Royal Chapel was founded by Yusuf I. After the city was captured, the building was turned into the Town Hall, where the Governors of the city would meet. A semi-circular arch provides access to the elegant mihrab niche, the only part of the Islamic building that remains today. Inside it has rich decoration in the style of the Alhambra.
Alhambra Guided Visit
A visit to this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site is considered as a must for any traveler visiting Granada, in fact, each year the Alhambra is one of the most visited monuments in Spain and among the top ten in Europe.
This impressive palace-fortress consists of four well differentiated areas: the Nasrid Palaces, The Alcazaba (military area), the Medina (city) and the Generalife Gardens, all the areas are surrounded by woods, trees, gardens & fountains with running water. The complex is the best representation of the artistic, cultural and scientific development during the last Al-Andalus period and is considered as the best preserved Islamic complex of the Middle Age in Occidental Europe.
Guided visit along the historic city center (HIGHLIGHTS)
Others interesting areas to visit in the city center are la Alcaicería (former silk market), Bib-Rambla Square, the town hall, Corral del Carbón, Plaza Nueva or Santa Ana Church among many other places of interest located in a very limited space.
The Cartuja Monastery: a site which marks the height of Andalusian Baroque. The vestry, in fact, is considered one of the towering works of Spanish Late Baroque. Its richly decorated interior includes elements such as marble, columns, carved wood and different inlaid materials. It houses a valuable collection of paintings by artists such as Sánchez Cotán and Bocanegra, amongst others.
Monastery of San Jerónimo: founded just after the Reconquista by the Christian Monarchs, was based initially in Santa Fe and moved in 1492 next to the Cathedral, lands which used to belong to the last Sultan of Granada, Boabdil. It highlights the military and the heroic grandeur of the Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, known as the Gran Capitán ("Great Captain"), who is buried in the crossing with his wife, Doña Maria de Manrique.
Palace of the forgotten: Recently opened, this palace from the XVI is one of the few aristocratic houses from the Albaycin that is still in perfect conditions. It is thought that the house belonged to a “converso” that wanted to erase his Jewish past, that is why the coats of arms from the facade are destroyed. A recomendad visit for those who to understand the Jewish history.
Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation; sharing hill with the Alhambra, this Carmen (traditional house with enclosed garden) could be the prime exponent in Spain of collaboration between art and nature. It is the work of Granada painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta, and uses the local tradition of “carmen” houses to create a unique setting that is a living portrait of his tastes and personality. The garden has several different terraces looking out over Granada’s fertile plain and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fragments of walls and columns in pure Modernist style interplay with cypress hedges.
Get to know the most remarkable quarters of Granada
Granada is famous for its excellent gastronomic offer and combined with the magic of enjoying it in unique places with wonderful views result something not to be missed.
SLC Incoming offers many routes with expert guides who will take you thought the most famous and lively streets of the city. Normally we combine this walk with a stop in one of the charming tea-shops of the low Albaycin quarter where we can try the typical Moorish tea & pastries.
Hamman, Arab Baths Session
Granada, thanks to its Moorish influence, is rich in Arab baths offer and while our visit to this city we can’t miss the opportunity of enrich ourselves and understand the importance that those places represented for the Al-Andalus culture as well as for all middle-east cultures as an important place from social life and as a ritual of hygiene in a very specific architecture.
At the end of the day this option offers the possibility of relaxing with an old technique which will take us back to that time. We have many options in the Hamman; just relax in the different Hamman areas (cold/warm water), add on natural organic oils with different aromas and you can also enjoy different kind of massages. Notice that the space can be booked in exclusivity for a group if you wish.
Parque de las Ciencias (Science Interactive Park)
It is an interactive museum where everything is designed for the participation and enjoyment at any age. It allows us to participate in experiments of the most prodigious minds all over the planet with permanent and temporary exhibitions. We must highlight the Planetarium, a Biosphere Room, a Perception Room, an Explore Room for children, an Observation Tower as well as a Tropical Butterfly Greenhouse.
Flamenco Show in a Cave
This art is even more exciting if you enjoy it in the epicenter of the gipsy caves. Here, the show is called "Zambra", a typical family style, although you may find some bits and pieces of other styles during the show. There is a daily performance in each cave, including transportation from your hotel, a short tour of the Sacromonte or Albaycin neighborhoods, and also the option of including dinner during the show. For Incentive Groups and Special Events, we can organize a masterclass with the experts & a night private show in a spectacular cave or in a great auditorium with incredible views to the Alhambra behind the dancers and singers.
Museum of the Andalusian History
The Museum has 3500 m2 divided along 4 areas which pretends to show the cultural, natural and social heritage of Andalusia. It’s the first museum which provides a global view of Andalusia using mainly the new technologies. There are many ways of discovering this museum as it offers a variety of subjects. It’s possible to make a chronological tour and even choose a specific culture or period of time to approach the contents accordingly. This way it’s possible make a roundtrip along the Roman Andalusia, the Baetica Andalusia or the rich and impressive Al-Ándalus.
We can’t think of a better idea than getting to know a city than through a dramatized visit, you will not remain indifferent to the mix of great guides with actors. In Granada we propose the following options of dramatized visits:
The Romantic Granada
Spain, traditionally seen as the country described by Don Quixote de la Mancha: full of mystic people and knights, old fashioned, rural, with bad roads, full of bandits and gipsy people, represent a great scenery for many European romantic writers, and specially Granada, the last Muslim kingdom in Europe which ended with the expulsion of Boabdil after 10 years of knightly war.
Lorca lives in Granada city center
It’s a summary of the Grenadian poet’s life: the arrival of Federico Garcia Lorca to the city, his relationship with his family and friends and the activities which he performed along his life till his dramatic dead. This tour will take us back to his time and walking along the places where he used to scroll about we will discover the traditions and lifestyle of that time.
The silk trader in Granada
A story settled in the Granada of the Spanish Golden Age. Based in a novel of the Grenadian writer Felipe Romero; “El Segundo Hijo del Mercader de Sedas” which means the second child of the silk trader. The novel describes the society, economy and the religion during the historic period experienced in Spain by the end of the 16th century. Settle in atmosphere with the Moorish, Christians and the silk trade.
The gipsy Sacromonte Quarter, charming quarter full of white washed houses and balconies decorated with the traditional ceramics. It holds many caves where flamenco shows are take place daily and where we can learn this art.
Realejo quarter: The former Jew quarter with its main square, the Campo del Príncipe, which radiates charm and identity.
The Albaicín quarter: the oldest and most legendary neigbourghood of Granada, the Albaycín is an open-air museum. The cobblestone streets are lined with gorgeous Carmenes (large mansions with walled gardens, from the Arabic karm for garden). It survived as the Muslim quarter for several decades after the Christian conquest in 1492.