Any recommended group tour companies for Alhambra? Aviator? City Tours Alhambra or? Want history, archi\trechture. thanks!
I wouldn't know about group tours, but you might want to know that at the Alhambra you can rent audioguides that are really good. They look a little like TV remotes that you hold up to your ear as you walk around the complex.
We did a " visita entorno' or Tour of the Urban Landscape and Environment. This is a 5-hour guided walking tour offered by the Alhambra for 25€. You buy the ticket on the same website as the regular visits (ticketmaster.es). The group is about 24 people for the English tour. I highly recommend it.
Here is the link for the tickets and a brief description: http://www.ticketmaster.es/nav/en/mucho_mas/granada/alhambra_y_generalife_09oz/visita_entorno/index.html And more information on the Alhambra Patronato website: http://www.alhambra-patronato.es/index.php/Tour-of-the-Landscape-and-Urban-Environment/36+M5d637b1e38d/0/ (There is also a fantastic virtual tour of the alhambra on this website, but not on this page). They do a different tour on each day of the week. We were there on a Thrusday and it was "Conquest of Water" which was a behind-the scenes tour of the water distribution system. We finished at the Arab baths in town, at the bottom of the hill.
We went to the Alhambra without a tour but Rick's guide from his Spain book. We found it to be enough information to let us know what we were seeing, but not so much to be overwhelming. Get tickets online, go early in the day, and dress warmly in layers--it is surprisingly cold (we were there in December) inside! We loved it, and also loved the craft workshops in the alleyways outside the complex. We watched a craftsman making marquetry that was stunning work. Enjoy!