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Top sights in Granada
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?
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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?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 therePublic 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
We enjoyed our tour tremendously. We had time to see everything we had hoped to see, without feeling rushed. Our guide, Pedro, was just outstanding.
Asier is amazingly knowledgeable about the history of Andalucia and Granada. He also has a flair for dramatic delivery and explaining the architecture in context of its purpose. An unforgettable 3 hours, the only downside was it's too short.
As good as any Islamic/Arabic archaeological site I’ve seen in Morocco, not to be missed for its history and amazing craftsmanship. The guided tour is certainly worth it for the details and explanations of key points in the palaces and did live up to the promise of bringing the site to life. I would suggest the longer (3 hour) tour of possible as the 90 minute time limit meant that certain parts felt a little rushed. The guide was very good with a friendly sense of humour and catered for all our needs and questions.
The tour started with Francisco a great informative guide of the Alhambra, I would recommend that you request him if he is available, his English is great and kept the group on task to see this impressive iconic palace and gardens and he gave us good recommendations for lunch. We then proceeded to do the Segway tour (our third) we love this form of transport especially on old world pavements. Again our guides where great Fabricio led the way and was fun and informitive, again ask for him. We had a tremendous day because of both these hard working guides!
He was just very helpful, very patient with all the questions and also he spoke very good English/ French and Spanish. Very respectful even when another tour guide was being mean to him he kept his cool and just apologized to her, I wish I could find out her name to make a formal complaint. I lost my entry ticket (which you need to get into two tower sites) and he helped me find it. Great guy thank you very much.