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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 35,116 reviews

Worth it. Glad we did it, but would change Albaycin tour

The worst part- the local company and this website have totally different pick up locations. Be very careful to go to the right place. Really enjoyed the tour of Al-Hambra. Gustavo was an amazing tour guide. He was humorous and engaging and I really enjoyed learning from him. Our tour guide on the way up/ for Albaycin was okay. Her English was a little hard to understand at times, but she was kind and sweet. I wish we hadn't booked the Albaycin. We saw cool stuff, but would have enjoyed some solo exploration more. Albaycin was fine, but not worth the money or the inability to do touring alone. Another thing, we got some free time to rest during our al-Hambra tour but the free time took place in outside of Al-Hambra. I wish we had some free time to explore al-Hambra. I wanted to see some things for longer, but that opportunity never arose. A don't regret doing this day trip at all and would recommend, but wish I could make some minor tweaks.

From Seville: Alhambra Palace and Albaycin Tour Reviewed by

Great relaxed and informative tour of Alcazar

We found our guide and the meeting point easily and it was not directly at the main entry with the crowds so it was a very relaxed experience to try and locate the meeting point before the tour commenced. Miguel took us through with no hiccups and no wait time and spoke very passionately about the history of the gardens. He ran through the history of the gardens including the history behind the cultural influences of the construction over the years as well as history of the royal family and how they influenced Spain as a country. He pointed out several little interesting facts or visual cues in parts of the gardens we would not have known if we had wandered in on our own. He spoke clearly, well paced for the group and informatively about the history of the gardens. All in all, a great tour and would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Thoroughly enriching experience! Excellent guide!

We were 2 couples and all of us felt our guide Francex, a highly educated art historian, did an outstanding job. He delivered fascinating information tailored to our interests in a conversational way. It was in depth without being overwhelming and all questions were welcomed. He set a pace that was relaxed but also ensured that we saw and understood what was most important and most interesting historically and artistically about this very large complex. Don’t wander around lost, wondering what you’re looking at or following someone with 30 other people and so no time for your questions — get your own guide! Totally worth it! Also a great (and the only) way to get last minute tickets.

A beautiful and historically fascinating experience.

The Alhambra was breathtaking. Our guide (Natasha) was excellent. She provided a very informative and good humoured tour, answering all questions. At several intervals she invited the group to answer questions of her own about the possible use or identify of several objects and artefacts. We were given adequate time to take photographs at various points during the tour. A memorable experience enhanced by first class tour guide.

Granada: Alhambra and Generalife Tour Reviewed by

Good BUT we didn’t get to see everything!

Part of this is my fault for waiting until the last minute to get tickets to the Alhambra and I also ASSUMED that everything in the Alhambra was included in the tour and access. The best thing is buy from the actual Alhambra website. It is only 17 Euros and it includes everything and you can come and go as many times as you would like. As far as the tour guide though, she was really nice and helpful, knowledgeable.

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