Acequia Real: Guided Hike Through the Alhambra & Generalife

Overview

In this private guided tour, explore the Alhambra and the Generalife, and ask your guide anything about their ancient water supply system. As you tour the scenic area, enjoy engaging commentary and fascinating historical stories and facts.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a hike full of culture and nature, while your guide reveals all secrets behind the Alhambra's history, its fortifications and its ancient olive trees
  • Enjoy engaging live commentary by your guide in your preferred language (English, Spanish, French or German)
  • The perfect tour for travelers interested in historical places, medieval roads, hydraulic technics, and in doing a light cultural hiking activity
  • Tours are planned and conducted with attention to detail
  • Let your curiosity flow and take advantage of the experience, knowledge, and personalized attention of your guide

Key Information

Important Information

• All reservations must include the full name of all participants • We can adapt the tour to people with impaired mobility, upon request • Baby carriers are recommended; prams or strollers can make the route difficult • A mobile phone with a fully charged battery and headphones may be required for using a voice transmission system with your guide. If so, your guide will inform you in advance

Description

In this private, exclusive tour, enjoy the opportunity to see and learn all about the fascinating water supply system of the Alhambra and Generalife. Your tour will take you on a walk through the meadow of the Generalife, over the imposing space of the Albercones and the Santa Elena Fortress, with impressive views from the Sacromonte and Valparaiso neighborhoods up to the Fuente del Avellano. One part of the tour runs along the banks of the Acequia del Tercio, which has provided the Alhambra and its inhabitants with water for centuries. You'll learn how a hydraulic system was built in the 13th century to bring water to the Cerro del Sol. Your guide will tell you all about the vegetation that thrived on the hill thanks to the water supply, including the old orchards and new gardens of the Generalife, and all of the traditional olive groves in the Dehesa del Generalife — a tradition that began in the Muslim period and continues to this day. This tour also passes through the Castle of Santa Elena. Built above the Acequia Real, a water channel, this fortification was used to watch over the water supply. Your tour then ends in an idyllic spot: the Fuente del Avellano. Located across the Sacromonte Abbey, it's inspired many romantic intellectuals throughout the 19th century. Our guides, professionals with a passion for the history of Granada and the Alhambra, will accompany you on this walking tour through the most beautiful natural corners of Granada.

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