- 4 hours
- La Alhambra complex
- Nasrid Palaces
- Generalife Gardens
- 4 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
- Skip-the-line tickets to the Alhambra (please make sure to provide your Passport ID details which are required for the tickets. For more information, please see under FAQs)
- Timed entry to the Nasrid Palaces
We often meet and end near the Alhambra, though we can adjust if needed. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.
- Full names of each client
- Nationality & passport numbers
- Mailing address with the postal code (hotel name will do)
Please also note that a Photo ID will be required on the day of your tour, due to entrance policies and security at the venue.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to be prepared; we encourage keeping an eye on the weather and bringing along an umbrella, sunscreen, water, or a hat as needed.
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Blanca Espigares Rooney, an architect from the University of Seville (2003), specialising in heritage and urban studies, as well as Andalusi architecture. She has a Master’s degree in Architecture and historic heritage (2006-2007) and a PhD from the University of Granada (2015). She has worked on restoration and value enhancement projects in the Alhambra and in historic cities, which have enabled her to acquire a deep knowledge regarding their structures and main elements. Besides this, she worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Granada and actively participates in the city with conferences and activities about architecture, urbanism and heritage. Acuriosity about her is that she belongs to one of the families that are still living inside the Alhambra. Her father, her grandmother and her great-grandmother were all born and grew up inside the walls of the Alhambra.
Manu is master architect by the University of Granada and master in historical construction technology by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Born in a small town of La Mancha region, by 2008 he moved to Granada to study the architecture degree, where he also managed an urban photography course and worked as editor of an international arts and architecture magazine. After finishing in 2015 he did an overseas university program in the Yokohama National University in Japan. From 2016 he worked as architect in the architecture office of the University of Castilla La Mancha, doing several projects in cities as Toledo, Cuenca, Albacete and Ciudad Real until 2018. During this period he did a master course in historical construction technology in Madrid with a final thesis based on the islamic decorative technique of the "mocárabes". In May of 2018 he got his official guiding licence and stablished his own architecture studio, working since then in the andalusian territory as guide and on his own projects and with worldwide teams as architect. He has been invited as guest lecturer in different universities and schools around Spain and Europe. During the pandemic in 2020 he did several courses about visualization technology in restoration and architecture and got a third master degree in teaching by the University of Granada. Apart from the academic work Manu also loves painting, having some realism-rooted works in different exhibitions in Andalucía, and enjoys flamenco, traditional gastronomy, literature, history and traditional spanish white carpentry.
Marina studied Art History at the University of Granada, with a focus on the intersection of traditional artistic techniques and building methods, and how to conserve historic structures. She combined her university studies with two years of practical training in Masonry for Heritage Conservation, finishing both degrees in 2004. Afterwards, she continued her studies in Roman/Byzantine mosaic production and restoration at Scuola del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy. When she returned to Spain, she pursued a postgraduate degree in Architecture and Historic Heritage (2008). While undertaking her studies, she trained as a Restoration Assistant in order to work in Commercial Archaeology, not only in Spain but also in the UK. Marina is passionate about continuous learning: as a fellow of the European Leonardo Da Vinci Programme she was a Trainee in Paper and Photography Restoration in 2013; she has done several courses focusing on more specific fields as Conservation-Restoration in archaeological sites and Archaeology of Architecture.
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