📷 Guided excursion to Granada from Seville
While you’re in Seville, in Andalusia, you can take the opportunity to visit one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions and possibly the most interesting trip you can take in Spain: The Alhambra in Granada, the Nasrid palace of the Arabian Nights.
🚐 Day Trip to Granada from Seville
full-day trip to Granada from Seville.
🚐💎 Private trip from Seville
Private Granada Day-Trip with Alhambra Visit
Check also the Muslim heritage tour in Sevilla
Luckily, there are companies that offer a transfer service, ticket booking and guide from Seville without the need for an overnight stay, with a return trip on the same day, for an intense but unforgettable day in Granada’s palace of dreams.
You can book an organised daytrip to Granada from Seville. They are available every day and they are very well organised, with transfer and tickets included. Ask us for more info.
In this section, we present the main day trips to Granada from Seville.
Comfortable, interesting, no queues, no worries… A highly recommended option.
The excursion to Granada from Seville can be done in one day with a return trip. The perfect way to do this is to book an organised tour with transport and skip-the-line tickets.
Connect with the heart of Al Andalus, the historic kingdom of the Muslims in Spain and visit the palace of the kings of Granada that has captivated entire generations of visitors.
Its great attraction, as in other Moorish works of the period, lies not only in the interiors, the decoration of which is among the finest in Andalusian art, but also in its location and adaptation, creating a new landscape that is fully integrated with the pre-existing nature, in which gardens and water play a leading role.
Alhambra and Generalife, overview
Above the city of Granada, on the Sabika hill, is the monumental complex of the Alhambra, “The Red Fortress”, declared a World Heritage Site. It arose with the Taifa Zirí kingdom when the capital of Elvira moved to Granada. Samuel ibn Nagrella moved his palace there from the Alcazaba fortress in the Albaicín area.
It was founded as a palace city by the first Nasrid sultan, Muhammad ibn Nasr, in 1238. The initial complex consisted of a palace, citadel and fortress, which reached its peak of splendour during the reign of Muhammad V (14th century).
Five of the seven gates (the initial Armas gate, the Arrabal, the Explanada, the Vino and the Albercas) are Nasrid; the Granadas gate, formerly the Alegres Nuevas gate (Nasrid), dates from the time of Charles V; and the Carros gate dates from the Christian period. The first construction was the Alcazaba, with towers such as the Cubo, Hidalgos, Vela and Homenaje towers. The latter, six storeys high, may have been the initial residence of the royal family.
The different Nasrid palaces outside the walls of the Alcazaba were built during the fourteenth century. We must highlight the Patio de los Arrayanes courtyard or the Salón de los Embajadores hall (Torre de Comares) in the Palace of Comares; or the Sala de los Mocárabes hall, the Patio and the Fountain of the Lions, the Sala de los Abencerrajes hall or the Lindaraja lookout point, in the Palacio de los Leones.
Other interesting rooms are the Mexuar or courtroom, the private rooms of the Sultan and the Partal. A multitude of openwork and relief plasterwork, tiles and bricks with natural and floral motifs punctuate the various rooms, where numerous passages from the Qur’an and prayers are reproduced. Splendid stained-glass windows and fine woodwork punctuate the windows, walls, latticework and ceilings, inlaid with gold and lapis lazuli.
The Palacio de Carlos V palace was built during the period of Christian rule. It is the work of Pedro Machuca, with a square floor plan and circular courtyard, Mannerist in the courtyard and Renaissance and Baroque in the façade. The first floor houses the Museum of Fine Arts of Granada.
Also worth mentioning are the Convent of San Francisco, now the Parador de Turismo, the upper Alhambra, under archaeological study, and the Torre de los Siete Suelos, where some of Washington Irving’s stories were set.
The Generalife was built in the 12th century as a retreat and resting place for Muslim leaders. Inside the Generalife is the Patio de la Acequia courtyard, with a rectangular structure, through which the Acequia Real irrigation channel ran. From the Patio de la Acequia, an arcade of five arches leads to the Sala Regia hall, with sober decoration in plasterwork, which, in turn, gives access to the Sala Mirador de Ismail I hall, with plasterwork and coffered ceiling.
From this viewpoint, you can see wonderful views of the city of Granada, the Alhambra and the lush natural landscape.
The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. It is known for its stunning architecture, its beautiful gardens, and its fascinating history.
On a higher level, although setting off from the Patio de la Acequia, we reach the Patio de la Sultana courtyard, which is accessed by stairs, with hedges on intermediate islets surrounded by a fountain. Continuing upwards, following the layout of the terrain, you come to the Escalera del Agua steps, the Escalera de los Leones steps, along the edges of which, in numerous waterfalls, runs the Acequia Real irrigation channel. The stairs lead to the Jardines Altos del Generalife (High Gardens of the Generalife).
Don’t miss the Generalife, an essential complement, with beautiful Moorish gardens.
Making your own way from Seville to Granada
If you have your own car and you like road trips, stopping along the way without having to rush, and discovering new places, the trip from Seville to Granada is a fantastic opportunity. Take the A-92, follow the signs for Granada and these are the most interesting stages or places to stop:
Alcalá de Guadaira
15 km from Seville. Visit the Castle, the San Miguel neighbourhood and the Church of Santiago. Good typical bread.
83 km away, it is dominated by a hill, where one of the best preserved artistic historical sites in Spain is located. The University is a magnificent sixteenth-century building. Check out the Iglesia Colegial de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church, an imposing architectural complex that is the greatest attraction of the city. Visit the Plaza Mayor, the sixteenth-century Town Hall, the Church of the Convento de la Concepción, Baroque, 16th and 17th centuries, of the Conceptionist order.
110 km away. A town with an industrial vocation, which is ideal to visit around the Christmas season, as traditional Christmas sweetmeats such as polvorones, mantecados, and alfajores are made here, among other things. The Monumental complex of the Cerro de San Cristóbal is beautiful: visit the old Moorish Alcazaba, the Church of Santa María la Mayor de la Asunción and the Balcón de Andalucía, with magnificent views of the countryside.
Fuente de Piedra lagoon
139 km from Seville, the largest lagoon in Andalusia that offers a privileged environment for the breeding of the pink flamingo, as well as being a wintering and passage area for many other birds.
160 km away, one of the most important cities in Andalusia, a constant reference in history, art, politics and culture. It houses an architectural heritage composed of more than fifty religious and civil buildings, as well as numerous archaeological sites. Highlights include the Real Colegiata de Santa María and the Alcazaba, and a true monument of nature, El Torcal, a true natural wonder, declared a protected area by the Junta de Andalucía that must not be missed.
171 km away, in the province of Malaga, declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1980 for its Baroque urban and architectural heritage.
190 km away. An important tourist enclave, due to its important trout and sturgeon farm and its magnificent complex of restaurants and hotels. The star of the tables of Riofrío, however, is the beluga-quality caviar produced by the Sierra Nevada fish farm recognised as one of the best in the world.
198 km away, and 55 kilometres from Granada, in the mountains of the same name. It has an important monumental heritage with the Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación church, built between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries and declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, as well as the Alcazaba, palaces, convents, etc.