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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 36,563 reviews

Wonderful but tour was too quick to fully take it all in.

The Alhambra and Palaces were absolutely stunning and well-worth the visit! The architecture was breathtaking and the gardens were spectacular. Our guide was informative and spoke perfect English, interspersed with rapid Spanish, which did make it a little hard to follow at times. The three-hour tour also moved quite quickly meaning there was little time to fully appreciate the splendour of what you were seeing before we had moved on. As the audio headsets only worked within a certain distance of the tour guide himself, one had to move quickly in order not to miss something, or lose him! Unfortunately this meant we did not get to spend as much time in the palaces as we would have liked and, when we tried to return later in the day, the queues were too long and we gave up. Finally, it wasn't very clearly signposted which entrance we were required to meet at and, as they are about a 15 minute walk apart up and down hills, we very nearly missed our tour as we were at the wrong entrance

An excellent way to see this famous site

We took this tour in July 2019. The Alhambra is exceptionally busy and this tour meant that we were guaranteed entrance at a time which suited us (10:30 am). What you get is much more than just "skipping the queue". The administration is very good, including a message on the day before the tour to confirm that all is still as arranged. It was easy to meet the guide at the Alhambra entrance, just where we were told to meet. We were fortunate in having a very good guide (Juan). Obviously, in the Alhambra you need to keep moving and for the most important points, you need to be there at a fixed time. Nevertheless, Juan gave the impression that we could proceed at a leisurely pace and take plenty of time for photographs and simply to enjoy the experience. Juan's time management was wonderful. His commentary was just what we needed; he seemed to judge his audience quickly and to strike just the right note. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and recommend it without hesitation.

Walk in Granada are the only tours you need.

I went with these guys for 3 different tours whilst in Granada and each one was brilliant. The guides are super friendly and super knowledgeable. My guide for this particular tour was the lovely Jenny! She dealt with everything perfectly and we had so much time to see everything and got so much information but not in an overwhelming way. Nothing was rushed. She even followed up with me after the tour had finished later that night to recommend to me a tour company for the Sierra Nevada once she found the information out from a colleague. How's that for customer service? :D

Skip-the-Line Group Tour of Alhambra 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.

The tour guide, Juan, was exceptional. He was engaging, knowledgable,

I read many, many bad reviews about this company. I have to say, that I mistakingly booked this tour on the wrong day. I noticed that the tour was non-refundable, so I acknowledged my error and re-booked for the correct date. I was notified by both the local tour operator and by the Operator and offered a refund. I was slightly confused by the meeting location, but was eventually able to locate the guide and the group. My experience was very, very positive.

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