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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 guided tour of the complex, including the Nasrid Palaces. Choose from a small-group…

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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 tickets to see the Alhambra in advance 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 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
4.5 / 5
based on 46,645 reviews

Excellente et très agréable visite de l’Alhambra. Notre guide Marco-Antonio fût excellent à tous égards : il partage son savoir encyclopédique avec humour et s’exprime dans un français parfait. Cette visite est très riche (les palais et les jardins nécessitent au moins 3 heures de visite), mais nous n’avons pas vu le temps passer. Marco-Antonio est spécialiste de l’histoire médiévale espagnole et sera le guide parfait pour vous faire découvrir (ou redécouvrir) l’Alhambra, tant pour relater les faits historiques majeurs ayant façonné ce lieu d’exception que pour partager des anecdotes culinaires en longeant le potager. Un guide passionné et passionnant!

My best experiment in Andalousia! The visit was supposed to be with an audioguide but because of covid, Getyourguide employed local guides to make the guided visit. It began on August 12th at 10:30am and ended around 2pm. The guide, Mar was simply awesome: erudite, effective, she managed the covid rules changements nicely and made us at ease. We visited the place like royals and she generously shared informations and answers. No need to say: the place is gorgeous, even more than what I was expecting. Thank you Getyourguide and muchas gracias Mar.

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La visite guidée avec Amélie fût exceptionnelle ! Sa passion pour l'histoire de Grenade et de l'Alhambra nous a transporté, nous n'avons pas vu passer les 3h de visites. De l'humour, de l'interaction et des bons plans pour visiter la région. Merci encore pour la découverte de ce lieu magique. Betty et Maxime

Ana was our tourist guide, and I would definitely recommend her for the tour. Her knowledge and the information provided was fantastic. Also the explanations were very clear. It was a great visit!

Stunning views, amazing architecture, art, history and gardens. The guide knew very much about and spoke maybe faster then she should with to much detail. I had to unplug sometimes to get a rest.