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Learn everything you need to know before visiting Granada’s fantastic Alhambra. From the historical significance to how much time to spend, our tips and information will help make your trip unforgettable.
As both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain, the Alhambra holds special significance in the region. While all of the monuments are worth visiting, the Nasrid Palaces are the Alhambra’s most popular feature. Near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the palaces recall Granada’s prominent Muslim heritage and history. Made up of the Mexuar, Serallo, and Harem, the royal complex exhibits the extravagance of life at the height of the Nasrid dynasty.
Planning ahead is always smart, but it’s a must to see the Alhambra. The monument holds a 3-day cutoff policy for ticket sales. For popular times of the year like the winter holidays or around Easter, travelers should book at least 3 months in advance to ensure entry. If basic entry tickets are sold out, you may still be able to book a guided tour of the monuments. Remember, you’ll need to provide your full name and ID or passport number to receive your tickets.
Surrounded by mountains, accessing the Alhambra isn’t easy. Few roads lead to the palace, so make sure you’re not in a rush. If you’re already in Granada, the trip takes at least 20 minutes. Most guided tours that include the palace complex and Generalife Gardens take at least 3 hours. As one of Spain’s most popular attractions, you may also find yourself waiting in line. Of course, purchasing a skip-the-line ticket to see the Alhambra is a great way to make the most of your time.
Originally built in 889 AD on top of Roman ruins, the Alcazaba Military Fortress is the oldest part of the Alhambra. Renovated by the Nasrid Dynasty in the 13th century, monuments like the Generalife Gardens and the Courtyard of the Lions were eventually added to the fortress. While some guided tours of Alhambra will take you to all of the monuments, each monument has its own access point and entrance tickets. Additionally, some areas on the palace grounds are free to access.
The palace is open all year, except for December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).
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.
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!
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.
- When should I visit?
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Holiday hours may vary
- 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
This was the perfect tour for us! It was about 2.5hrs not 3 although the amount of time was perfect for all that was included. The guide, MaDel Carmen, was very knowledgeable, friendly, spoke English fluently and gave us more than enough time to take pictures, videos and breaks. She told great stories that added to the history and overall excitement of the tour. Although it is important to know that if you purchase this ticket it does not give you entrance into ALL of the palaces, only one. You must purchase a different ticket along with this one in order to get this tour as well as entrance into all three palaces. However, we did not purchase the other ticket and was more than pleased with this tour which included the entrance into the main palace, gardens and more.
The Alhambra is a truly spectacular place. It should be on anyone’s radar. The booking process was simple, the place to pick up your tickets is close to the entrance to the grounds and the staff were very helpful in explaining the audio guides. The only thing I forgot at the end of a hot day was to take the yellow slip of paper back for sign off. Don’t lose it! And if you are from another country take your passport with you. They do spot checks on tourists at the various gates within the complex. Be awed.
Our tour guide was exceptional. For almost 4 hours, she kept us spellbound with facts about the history of Alhambra, it’s architecture and the progressive development of this amazing treasure. She was quick with answers to our questions and was a font of knowledge about what we were seeing and the significance of the various elements. I wish I could repeat it.
Beatrice was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. Without her, we would not have learned nearly so much about the history of the Alhambra, the Palaces and the General Life. All 3 are a must if you are going to choose a tour. Muchas gracias.
Our guide Ana was very knowledgeable and lovely. She was very patient with us and would answer any questions put to her. We were in a small group of 4. The tour was fantastic and would recommend a guided tour.