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Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Duration: 3 hours
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Discover the Alhambra and Generalife palace grounds on a 3-hour small-group guided tour of the Moorish and Mudéjar complex, including the Nasrid…

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4 things to know before visiting the Alhambra

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.

Visit one of Spain’s most significant historical sites

Visit one of Spain’s most significant historical sites

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.

Purchase your tickets in advance

Purchase your tickets in advance

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.

Plan for extra travel and exploration time

Plan for extra travel and exploration time

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.

Explore each of the separate monuments

Explore each of the separate monuments

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.

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?
    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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 38,208 reviews

Very slick and organised operation. Knowledgeable and professional.

Martin the tall one was our guide. He is Dutch and speaks excellent English. We appreciated this as sometimes English can be heavily accented and difficult to understand. Certainly would use this company again. Stress free operation from booking online; swift response and confirmation. Knowledgeable Guide who stuck to his itinerary and patter. Please note: if you use a guide for entry you have to remain with them as the tickets will not allow you to renter any areas after the tour is completed (3 hours). However, 3 hours is quite an intense experience with a guide. The audio system worked extremely well and there were no dud audio systems in our group - all equipment appears well prepared and in good condition. Recommend from our experience.

Asier was the best tour guide I have experienced :)

The small group walking tour is the absolutely perfect way to explore and learn the history of Alhambra (this was my second visit in 2 years), and Asier was the most amazing tour guide ever!!! Asier’s historical knowledge was astounding and always engaging with group, Asier’s English was perfect, the pace of the tour was perfect with stops in all the right places to take photo’s, with a pitt stop midway to refuel with food/water etc, and being a small group Asier was able to get us into the ticketed areas very quickly. I would recommend the small group walking tour over any other tour of Alhambra, and will definitely repeat again the next time I visit with my partner, I cannot praise enough about this tour :) Alison (Australia)

Alhambra: Select Group Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by

Esther is an excellent and knowledgeable guide. The tour was fantastic

We booked this tour with Esther before arriving in Granada. It was well worth it. Esther was able to tell us so much about the Alhambra. It made the visit a really enjoyable experience. We were not rushed, and were able to take our time to appreciate the incredible beauty and serenity of this truly amazing place. Esther was friendly, and made us feel at ease. We thoroughly recommend using this company if you want to have a relaxing, informative and enjoyable visit to the Alhambra.

Good, but unequal English/Spanish explanations

Our guide, Christina, was very nice and very knowledgeable. My only problem was that it was a bilingual tour, but the information given in Spanish far exceeded the English version (i understood both, but the people with me lost out as they only spoke English). I felt that the explanations in English lacked the detail and depth of the Spanish version, and thus people missed out on interesting information.

Best to visit the Alhambra with a knowledgeable guide

Veronica guided our group in english and french and she did it in a good pace as she gave us enough time to enjoy the various important sections of the Alhambra. I also liked the way she efficiently conducted the tour.

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