A walk through Granada's history.
Activity: Historic tour through the city of Granada.
Services: Official Guide + Tickets to the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel.
Frequency: Every Saturday during the period between 1st April 2019 and 31st December 2019 (excepting the following blackout dates: 1st January, Easter, 24th December, 25th December and 31st December)
Departure time and duration: 4.30PM (2 hours. approx.)
Start Location: the third stop of Granada City Tour, at Plaza Nueva. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins with your printed voucher in order to check in
Conditions: This tour is only available on request. Book at least 72h. advance. Cancellation fee: 100% for less than 48 hours notice or no-shows
Languages: Spanish and English.
Voucher: show your paper voucher to your guide the day of the service (digital voucher will not be accepted)
How were the Catholic Monarchs and Granada related? What legacy did they left in this city? These questions will be answered as this tour goes on. You will visit the Cathedral of Granada, the second largest one in Spain, as well as the Royal Chapel, where the king Fernando and the Queen Isabel spend their eternity. The Cathedral and the Chapel are part of the same architectural complex.
Your guide will show you a wide variety of styles during this tour. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, some time after the Christian reconquest, the architects Gil de Hontañón and Enrique Egas were called upon to build the Cathedral in a Gothic style. However, Egas was substituted by the architect Siloé. They made use of the Gothic elements that were already built, but it finally turned into a Renaissance style temple. Its Plateresque front, which was a kind of Renaissance style developed in Spain, is impressive seen from ''Plaza de las Pasiegas''.
In addition, another remarkable style that you will see in the façade of the Chapel is the Spanish Isabelline Gothic architecture, a kind of Gothic proper of the Catholic Monarchs period. The sepulchres of Isabel and Fernando, the Catholic Monarchs, are inside of the Royal Chapel, as well as the tombs of Felipe el Hermoso and Juana la Loca, their daughter. This four emblematic figures are all immortalized here in marble in a very natural and realistic way.
''El Corral del Carbón'' is another stop during this tour. It is less known than the Cathedral or the Royal Chapel, but that does not make it any less important. This Nasrid building used to be a warehourse under the Reign of Yusuf I, during the fourteenth century. Two centuries later, Christian people transformed it into a theatre. You will also have the opportunity of walking through the narrow alleys of the ''Alcaicería'', the old Arab zouk. This maze of streets used to be an important market where goods, especially silk, were made and traded. Nowadays, it is the perfect escenery to travel back in time and to think how could be this city and its people during that period. On top of that, there are some shops for buying crafted goods as the traditional ceramic of Granada, that made a perfect souvenir.
Where do travelers go on this tour?: the Cathedral of Granda, the Royal Chapel, ''El Corral del Carbón'', la ''Alcaicería''.