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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

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

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

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

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.


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

Perfect way to experience the Alhambra and Nasrid Palace

The arrangements were clear and straight forward. The audio guides were informative and easy to navigate; the tour is broken up into separate parts for different locations within the complex. This was extremely convenient as I could plan the visit around the time allotted for access to the Nasrid Palace. I actually preferred the audio guide (compared to a tour group with a guide) as it gave the flexibility to explore at a leisurely place. One of the most spectacular places in the world- and this was a great way to experience it.

Granada: Full Alhambra Complex Guided Tour Reviewed by Janani, 26/09/2018

An informative small-group tour with an enthusiastic leader.

True to its billing, our tour group was small - about 10 people. Our witty, good-natured guide, Edu, was able to maneuver us around the larger groups so that we had more time and better viewing conditions than we would have had otherwise. Edu was well-versed in the history of the Alhambra and Granada, and helped us understand the context of the Alhambra and to imagine it both as it was in its prime and how it was reimagined, centuries later, when it was "rediscovered" by the Romantics. His passion for its aesthetics opened a new depth of appreciation and understanding for us, and his background in landscape architecture really shone in the gardens and around the Generalife.

The drivers and the guide were excellant,however the planning needs m

Improvments. We had a 3 hours tour and 8 hours of pick up and delivery of passengers .

Marta was knowledgable, informative and very passionate, excellent tou

Excellent tour, however we should have known that the terrain was very hilly with steep steps in places and very taxing if unfit or disabled and totally unsuitable for wheelchair and pushchairs. However we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and thanks to Marta for her incredible knowledge of the Alhambra and General life.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Michael, 23/09/2018

Jose Francisco was a very polite, thorough, knowledgeable guide.

Jose was an excellent guide. Our only complaint was that we were staying in the parador but had to cab downtown to 6 Thrills and walk back up to Alhambra instead of meeting at the gate at top as one in our party has a condition effected by climbing

Granada: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 23/09/2018

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