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Granada: Soul of Andalucia
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Explore Granada’s medieval Alhambra and Albaycin quarter, which are both World Heritage sites that have beautifully preserved their Arabic look and ambiance.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an immensely scenic drive inland along the edge of the Sierra Nevada National Park to Granada. The city is likely named for the Spanish word for pomegranate, a fruit so abundant it is depicted on Granada’s coat of arms. Or Granada may have derived from its Moorish name, as the city was the Moors’ last stronghold before falling to Spain’s Catholic monarchs in 1492.
Granada features a wealth of extraordinary architecture such as your first stop, the Carlos V Palace within the Alhambra complex. Its construction began in the early 16th century, following a Renaissance ground plan with a circular courtyard within a square building—the only one of its kind in Spain. Amazingly, a monarch has never lived in the palace, nor did it even have a roof until 1957.
Walking a bit farther, you will soon arrive in the labyrinthine streets of the Albaycin quarter, the city’s oldest section. UNESCO has recognized it for its harmonious blend of Moorish and Andalusian architecture.
Nearby, you will find the glorious Royal Chapel, the final resting place of Spanish monarchs such as Queen Isabella and Kind Ferdinand. Be sure to see the chapel’s mausoleum, spectacular altarpieces and ornate grilles before enjoying free time and perhaps lunch on your own in the surrounding historical area.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes approximately 4 hours of walking. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
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