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5 Lovely Highlights of Alhambra Palace

Granada's Alhambra Palaces, built for the court of the Nasrid dynasty, date back to 889AD. So much history means there's quite a lot to learn. So, where should you start?

Alcazaba Military Fortress

Alcazaba Military Fortress

This former stronghold is the oldest part of the complex, dating back to the 13th century. It protected the Muslim settlers of Andalucia from the Catholic Crusaders.

Generalife Gardens

Generalife Gardens

Once the summer residence of the sultan, the palace is surrounded by lush vegetation in the gardens (now enjoyed by visitors in the present day!).

Courtyard of the Lions

Courtyard of the Lions

View the main courtyard of the Nasrid dynasty's regal home, and take a step back into medieval Mediterranean times. Book a night tour to see the illuminated beauty of it all.

Hall of the Two Sisters

Hall of the Two Sisters

Named for large marble stones in the floor, this central hall boasts carefully-crafted lighting and intricate detail. Pause, and imagine the sultana and her family that lived here.

Albayzin

Albayzin

The palace is located in the Albayzin neighborhood. Find a winding side street in the town, and stop to take beautiful photos of the Alhambra from afar.

Our insider tips

When can I visit?

The palace is open all year, except for December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).

What are the opening times?

The open times are divided into morning tickets (8:30AM to 2:00PM) and afternoon tickets (2:00PM to 8:00PM). Entry to the Nasrid Palaces is allocated per half-hour time slot. Tickets for the night visit to Nasrid Palaces are valid from 10:00PM to 11:30PM.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code for the palace, but be aware that some other Catholic establishments in the city may require arms and legs to be covered. And remember to stay in the shade and drink lots of water!

How do I get there?

Public transport (line C3) will take you right to the ticket office. Alternatively, you can walk. There are a few different routes from the city center (about 800m each). The most serene, beautiful, and historically interesting is the road from Plaza Nueva. The route will take you up the Cuesta de Gomérez, through the Gate of the Pomegranates, and into the tree-lined avenues that lead to the Alhambra.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The palace is open all year, except for December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).
  • Is it expensive?
    The adult ticket prices start at €14.00, and booking in advance is highly recommended.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You may be interested in an expert's narration while you try to take in the architecture, room by room.
  • How to get there
    Public transport (line C3), car, or on foot from the city center.
  • Additional information

    • This attraction is free for children under twelve years old, but booking is still required.

    • Entrance to the Nasrid Palaces is allocated per half-hour time slot. Don't be late!

What people are saying about Alhambra

Long (3 hours) visit, but really worth it. Guide very knowledgable

Really enjoyed the visit although could not see 2 main palaces. Guide friendly and experienced. A bit expensive, thoudh.

Very informative, enjoyable and woth the money.

It was great to learn about details and meanings of the buildings of Alhambra. It's worth it. Need to understand Spanish.

Guided Tour of Alhambra Surroundings Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/11/2018

We had the best guide ever (sorry I forgot his name).

He knew a lot about history but also about the plants. He told us things we could not find in books.

Juan, our tour guide made sure we had great experience.

Juan did well to ensure we had a great experience despite the number of people who were admitted. He also had to cope with having to speak in Spanish and English which he did very well.

Informative tour with knowledgeable guide; wished for more time

Asier was a great and knowledgeable guide, and I learned a lot that I would not have known if I had visited the Alhambra on my own! The radio headsets are nice because you can move around and still hear, though the sound quality is not great on them and I really had to focus at times to understand what was being said, between the headset and Asier's accent (though his English is excellent!). It took me a few minutes to find the group at the meeting point before the tour started, because the white NHUE umbrella was laying on the ground, rather than up in the air where I could easily see it! The only downside to a tour is that you have a limited amount of time to take photos since there are only three hours to walk through the entire large Alhambra complex. The tour keeps you moving along through the palace, the gardens, and the Generalife and you can't enter again after the tour is over. I'd like the tour to end before the Generalife exit gate to allow exploration afterward.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Amelia, 02/11/2018

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