The drive from Malaga to Granada will take approximately 2 hours. We will enjoy a panoramic overview of the city upon arrival.
During the period of Muslim domination of Spain, Granada was the finest city on the peninsula. Today it is still home to the greatest Muslim legacy in Europe, and one of the most inspiring attractions on the continent the Alhambra. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sight, this 14th century hilltop fortress-palace of the Nasrid Kings is the most remarkable monument to Moorish art and architecture in Spain. Much has been written about the fortress, the palace, its patios and gardens, but somehow nothing can really prepare visitors for the experience. The Alcazaba is the Alhambra's Muslim fortress dating from the 11th to the 13th centuries, with lovely views of the city from the tops of its towers. The Nasrid Royal Palace is the centerpiece of the Alhambra, and is noted for the intricacy of its stonework. In addition to the Alhambra, our visit will also include the Generalife Gardens, the summer palace of the sultans set in the lush gardens with lazy fountains and tranquil pools.
Perhaps enjoy lunch in the historic Parador de San Francisco, located within the Alhambra complex. The Parador is housed in an ancient convent built on the orders of the Catholic Monarchs on top of a Nasrid palace, of which important remains are still conserved, such as the Nasrid Hall. (lunch not included)
After lunch, drive to the opposite hill of the Alhambra, to the Albaycin district for a wonderful panoramic view of the Alhambra before returning to the port in Malaga.