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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

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

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

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

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

Wonderful 2 days in Granada with our guide!

We had an amazing time in Granada visiting the Albacin & Alhambra. We booked the private tour based on other reviews and we were so glad we did, our guide Eduardo was fantastic! We have 3 adults and a 21 month old baby and with great communication with the tour company, we split our 5 hour tour into 2 days. We started with the Albacin tour at 14:45 in and visited the Alhambra at 10:00 the next morning. It rained on the 1st day and Eduardo made sure we were comfortable at all times. He is very knowledgeable, his warm, patient and happy demeanor was much appreciated on a rainy day. The Alhambra tour was outstanding and we had sunshine, a perfect ending to our Spain vacation.

I highly recommend this tour of the spectacular Alhambra.

Ana, our fun and very knowledgeable guide, brought the history and significance of this remarkable site alive for us. I'm so glad I booked the tour!

Skip-the-Line Alhambra Guided Tour Reviewed by Judith, 03/16/2018

Our guide Mercedes was just great. And I enjoyed thr tour very much.

Très bien malgré le temps maussade. Unfortunately, my sister was sick and could not join we lost a lticket.

Skip-the-Line Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Guided Tour Reviewed by christiane, 03/15/2018

Great guide. Very informative and friendly

Great introduction to Alhambra. I would have liked longer to linger at times at chosen places but not practical a group. I think though it was the best way to get to see everything and find out about the place. It was also the only way to get a reasonable ticket less than 1 month before visiting.

Excellent tour guide (Maria?) made visit memorable .

Guide had extensive knowledge and she presented with good humour, all enhancing visit.

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