Our driver arrived early and was very pleasant (and had great information to share) on the drive to Alhambra. Once at the Alhambra, we were easily passed off to our tour guide where we had the most wonderful 3 hour tour. We were able to skip all the lines and had flexibility on when we went into the palace (usually a timed entry). Our tour guide shared great information with us and kept us moving along at a nice pace. We were handed back off to our driver who took us into Granada where we had a couple of hours for lunch before returning to Malaga. The only thing I would say to improve the trip would be to allow for more time in Granada. We really only had time for lunch. Our driver was very kind and gave us some extra time to shop, but we definitely went over the time we were supposed to have the driver. Highly recommend this tour!
We highly recommend this private tour with Apartrip to experience the wonder of the Alhamra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Hiring this company made the whole process simple. We were well taken care of from the moment we registered for the tour, with great communication. They got the much sought-after tickets for us, and arranged for our driver, and our excellent local guide, who expertly led us through the fascinating and enormous complex.
Our driver, Eduardo, confirmed our departure point and time the night before the tour. He picked us up on time right at our Airbnb in Fuengirola and even thought to make sure we had our passports with us before we left. Eduardo was pleasant and polite, and talked with us about the beautiful landmarks we saw as we made our way up into the mountains on the drive to Granada. He described the overview for the day, and after a very comfortable drive, Eduardo introduced us to our local guide for the Alhambra, Fatmi.
Fatmi was so knowledgeable about the Alhambra and grounds. He went at our pace, encouraging us to ask questions, and provided us with so much information about the history and culture of the site. He really helped us understand the complicated story of the site from its first residents through to the present day. He pointed out the art and architecture and uses for each of the buildings, towers, bridges, walls, fountains, etc., explaining how their uses changed as the site was conquered and buildings were taken over and modified by different powers. We can't express what a wonderful experience it was to learn from Fatmi about that amazing place.
Having our personal tour guide helped us get the most out of our visit. The three hours went by so quickly, and we were amazed how much we learned during our tour with Fatmi.
After the tour, Fatmi led us back to where Eduardo was waiting for us. Eduardo took us on a wonderful tour of the historic center of Granada, pointing out important buildings. We loved seeing the cathedrals and mosques, the ancient gate to the city, etc. Then he took us to Albayzín. He promised us stunning views, and he was right! We had some free time to take pictures. We were impressed that he could drive skillfully through the narrow, picturesque, winding streets. Then we went to Old Town in Granada, and had about an hour to explore around the Cathedral and Royal Chapel area. Eduardo made sure we knew exactly where to meet him after our free time. We appreciated his level of professionalism.
When you only have one day to see a beautiful place like Granada, hiring this company makes the adventure stress-free, and you get the most out of your limited time there, with all the logistics being taken care of by their top-notch staff.