Highlights of this tour
- All outside visits:
- Plaza Nueva
- Madraza (Madrasah)
- Royal Chapel
- Bib-Rambla Square
- Corral del Carbón
Visit the most popular highlights and areas of Granada during this historical city center tour. This tour includes an officially licensed guide who tells you all the ins and outs of this magnificent city. You meet your guide at a preset location in the city center. Alternatively he picks you up at your hotel, this depends on the location of your accommodation.
During your tour today, one of the sights you pass by is the Madraza, which Yusuf I founded in 1349. Originally it was a Muslim University, and later it functioned as the town hall of Granada. Today it is a part of Granada University. The university is open for visitors since 2011 and is recognizable by its small balconies and Baroque façade. If you wish to enter, inside the ceilings are beautifully decorated and the Islamic prayer room is impressive.
Opposite the Madraza, you see the Royal Chapel. This chapel is an Isabelline Gothic building and was constructed between 1505 and 1517. You continue towards the Granada Cathedral, which is a 16th century Roman Catholic church, built on the site of the former Great Mosque. Inside the cathedral, you see a combination of a Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque style. The construction of the cathedral took a total of 181 years. It is made accessible to enter, by means of a ramp with rails at the entrance. Inside surface is flat.
Your tour continues with a visit to the Bib-Rambla Square, a square located in the bustling city center of Granada. The square is also known as Plaza de las Flores which means square of flowers in English. Initially, the square used to be the scene for bullfights, festivals, and many more commercial happenings. Later, the square became the central trading point of the city. The market vendors focussed mainly on selling fish, meat, and vegetables. At this square, you find a lot of flower stalls with in the middle, the fountain of Neptunes.
Nearby Plaza BIB-Rambla, you find Alcaicería, this is the main market of Granada. Originally this was a Moorish silk market, but today it is a historical and cultural series of streets where you can buy exotic Arabic items such as traditionally painted ceramics, stained glass lamps, silver jewelry, and spices.
Furthermore, you visit Corral del Carbón, the Isabella I of Castille and Christopher Columbus.
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