Charles V Palace tours figure among the most popular tours in all of southern Spain. Part of the reason for this is the palace's delightful courtyard, which is unique due to its circular design. Also helping to make Palacio de Carlos V tours so popular is the fact that they are most often combined with tours of the other attractions at the Alhambra, not to mention tours of the neighboring Generalife Palace.
On guided Charles V Palace tours, guests can get wonderful insight into the structure itself. Much of the focus is put on the architectural style and the beauty of the central courtyard. A two-story courtyard, it boasts a circular design that contrasts with the rectangular exterior of the palace itself. Interestingly enough, the Palacio de Carlos V is widely considered to be the most impressive Renaissance building in Spain, even if its dome was never finished. This alone is reason enough to take a tour, whether that tour be guided or unguided. It is worth mentioning that Carlos V's son, Philp II, abandoned the Charles V Palace project to begin work on his own palace. This palace is the famed El Escorial, and it is (as are all the amazing palaces here) worth touring while visiting the Madrid area.
For those who are planning on taking guided Charles V Palace tours, there are numerous options. It is possible to book a tour through a local agency, for example, and travelers who are stationed in other regional cities such as Seville and Malaga can arrange their tours there. In general, the various tours include transportation, admission to the Alhambra precincts, and a well-qualified guide. Budget-friendly audio tours that cover the main parts of the Alhambra complex can also be enjoyed onsite, and visitors going the unguided route should be happy to know that admission to the Palacio de Carlos V and its two art museums is free!