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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.

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

Magnificent with an incredibly knowledgeable guide

Our guide had an in depth knowledge of the Alhambra and was able to turn it into a bit of a story to make the tour more exciting

Skip-the-Line: Alhambra & Generalife 3-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/05/2018

Excellent guide,makes you listen to what he says, helpful,amazing trip

Wonderful place to visit, very nice and well talking guide who knows a lot about this, I got what I asked for, everything is great

Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife 3-Hour Private Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/05/2018

Excellent guide with insightful knowledge and friendly vibes

Ana (Ani?) was a very cool guide that me and the family really enjoyed to have during our visit at the Alhambra. Since she was also from the region, her knowledge and affirmation of the culture and history provided us an insightful view of the relic and region's past. In addition, with a very natural and easy-going personality, it was easy for us to have conversations and ask questions that would also expand to social and political topics which further gave us an access to the past and contemporary Spanish culture. We totally recommend to have her as a guide if you are looking for a both knowledgeable and un-cheesy person. Would totally like to meet her again during our next visit back to Granada.

Antonio our guide was exceptional. He was so informative and helpful

It was a wonderful experience and it was made better by our wonderful guide Antonio. He was very helpful and informative. Top marks to him.

Edu was an excellent charming guide who shared his immense knowledge.

Edu was a very nice guide: interesting funny and made everyone was happy. He answered questions and it was a very good 3 hour tour.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Juliet, 08/01/2018

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