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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

Great experience with an exceptional guide

Had a great experience with our guide Christina who was very knowledgeable, professional and punctual. She also made it a very engaging experience giving space for questions and discussion

Our guide Jaime made the experience extraordinary. Best tour ever

I would like to thank Jaime - our guide. He was funny and knew everything. He answered all the questiones enthusiastically and created and amazing experience. Alhambra is a wonderful place and the visit was great. Even though it lasted more than 3 hours, we enjoyed every moment. Thanks a Lot!

Granada: Full Alhambra Complex Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 27/01/2019

Great depth of experience from an experienced guide

Having visited 25 years ago without managing to get tickets, we were determined to have an in-depth tour this time. Enrique, our guide, has been taking visitors to the Alhambra since 1987. He was extremely knowledgeable and provided great insights and answered all our questions. This was not a cheap tour, but we were happy to have spent the money.

Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 19/01/2019

Our guide was extremely knowlegeable and kind not to mention efficient

Our guide was extremely knowlegeable and kind; not to mention efficient!!! Not to mention her ability to coordinate a large group! My husband and I had been before but I wanted to give our friends from Canada a special treat and we succeeded thanks to the lovely guide! I will highly recommend this tour!

Informative, educational and a lot of walking

Our guide gave a very informative talk and was extremely passionate about Alhambra. He knew much more than the audio tour would have explained. We walked from one side to the other as we learned interesting tidbits. There was ample time for pictures and adequate time was spent inside the exhibits. Getting a ticket and doing it yourself may be less expensive, but in this case, I would recommend spending the extra money and going with a small group ( we had 13 people that consisted of three families). The tour is advertised as three hours, be we took 3 hours 45 minutes mainly because the tickets to enter are timed and we had to wait for that time to enter the exhibit. I was with my spouse and adult daughter.

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