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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.

Albayzin

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

Fantastic tour with Juana from Lolitas tours

Juana from Lolitas tours is an exceptionally good and funny guide. Definitely worthwhile!!

The NHUE Concierge Tour with Marta was Wonderful

This tour surpassed our expectations. Marta was our guide and the use of a microphone and ear pieces so we could all hear her clearly at all times was wonderful. She spoke English very well and was easy to understand even though she grew up in Granada. She gave us good information throughout the tour about the history and the construction of the buildings. The weather wasn't ideal as it poured rain at one point, but that wasn't the tour's fault.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Randy, 28/11/2018

A majestic day, such a beautiful palace and gardens.

Our guide Emilio was very friendly and knowledgeable he was happy to answer our questions. It was a magical day with so many autumnal colours against a sunny blue sky.

Granada: Full Alhambra Complex Guided Tour Reviewed by Teresa, 19/11/2018

Enrique and Anna were outstanding guides and knowledgeable hosts

Enrique drove us to Granada on a cold, rainy day and once in town, went the extra mile to ensure enrich our tour of the old Arab quarter and cathedral area with insights and substantive details. Once at the Alhambra, Anna took charge, and provided a thorough and compelling tour. Both guides deserve high marks for a very enriching day.

Long (3 hours) visit, but really worth it. Guide very knowledgable

Really enjoyed the visit although could not see 2 main palaces. Guide friendly and experienced. A bit expensive, thoudh.

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