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Top sights in Granada
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.
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.
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.
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 tickets to see the Alhambra in advance is a great way to make the most of your time.
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.
The palace is open all year, except for December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).
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.
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!
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.
- 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
The guide of my tour was fantastic. Our guide was telling in Spanish and English and because of this the members of the group had enough time to see all the details of the Alhambra and to make a lot of pictures. Especially our guide was very well prepared and she knew a lot of interesting stories and background information to tell. It was never boring! I never had a better guide in any tours I experienced in my life! She really made the difference and made the tour enjoyable. She was also very interactive and involved all members of my group!
I would recommend a guided tour of Alhambra to fully understand the history of the different buildings and get the most out of the visit. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered every question thoroughly. We would have preferred more time at Alhambra instead of going into Granada, but otherwise the day was very well organised. The bus journey was also very comfortable with one stop each way for refreshments.
Tour bus and guide was good. The palace grounds are huge. Be prepared to walk three hours non-stop to see the various sections and gardens. There are a lot steps to ascent and descent to see different levels of the grounds and palace sections. Save your energy to the last section where the sultan’s living quarters are. That makes it worth it. !
The tour was conducted at an easy pace, thus providing time for individual questions, which the tour guide, Sabrina Navarro, always readily answered. Although I am not a fan of organised tours her knowledge, easy going style and sense of humour ensured that the three hour tour seemed to pass in a moment
A well paced and managed tour through the complex sight with such interesting history. The movement of tourists through the complex is well managed. It was good to cover the three section. We were glad we’d organised transport to and from the site as well as it allowed us to enjoy to full tour.