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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.



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

Excellent tour, tour guide was very good. Pricey though.

It was very helpful to have a guide, and Carmen was excellent. She provided a lot of good information, both historical and about the Alhambra. The audio devices worked very well. The cost was high thought, over $100 CDN per person. But, it seemed to be our only option to get into the Alhambra. We could not buy tickets, except from a tour company. And when we got there, we were told that there were no tickets put on sale that day at all at the door. So, we would have been out of luck if we tried to buy walk up tickets. A tour, though, was a much better way to see everything, rather than just walking through on our own. We bought the tickets online, and the ads all promoted the tours at 30 or 35 Euros. But, when I clicked on the ads, there were no 35 Euro tours, all were $69.

Amazing and beautiful! This is well worth seeing.

We booked with Granavision, you meet in the coffee shop upstairs. The cafe/office is on the street opposite the car park near the entrance to the Alhambra. We paid about 50 euros each to see everything with a guide which took just over 3 hours. The guide must have a special mention-his name is Viktor and he was not only extremely knowledgeable about the history but he made it interesting and entertaining because he was so funny. His English was excellent and we understood everything. Highly recommended company.

Book a tour with Pablo Chaves at 6Thrills

I was dreading a 3-hour tour, until it started with Pablo. He is so knowledgeable on the history of the Alhambra, including the political and religious climate of the time. We had an informative and fun time.

I would definitely recommend a small group tour!

We’ve done a few tours on our own, but this one was fantastic. Our guide, Alseir, was very knowledgeable and made the experience fun.

Exceptional site to visit, great guide : Irene was fantastic to listen

Liked the parcours, the story, the site, we did it with family, right rythm and enthusiasm of our guide Irene. She transmitted he passion and willing to answer many questions. Great moment Thank you Irene (309)

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