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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

Our tour in English with GrupoXplorer was excellent in every way!

GrupoXplorer were faultlless. The driver to pick us up from our hotel phoned the hotel to advise he'd been delayed in traffic. When he arrived he was very courteous and friendly. Our guide for the tour could not be faulted. He spent as much time in English as in Spanish and his knowledge and enthusiasm were remarkable! After the tour we were delivered back to our hotel, again by the same friendly driver. 5 stars out of 5!!!

Granada: Full Alhambra Complex Guided Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 03/18/2019

Excellent/informative/interesting Alhambra tour with Edu!

We really enjoyed our tour with Edu and would recommend him as a guide. He is clearly very knowledgable and interested in the topic.

Alhambra: Select Group Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/17/2019

Very knowledgeable guide and kept us interested for the full time.

Great experience. The Alhambra would have been utterly overwhelming and we would have missed a lot without the guide. Highly recommend.

Alhambra: Select Group Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by Timothy H, 03/17/2019

Super! Very knowlegeable guide, excellent french language skills.

Very personable guide who shared his enthusiasm for the culture and architecture in a charming way. Perfect French skills, we are very pleased indeed.

Skip-the-Line: Alhambra Palace & Generalife Gardens Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/15/2019

Excellent value and a knowledgeable guide

I booked this about two weeks before going to Granada, after discovering all the day tickets had been sold. However, with hindsight, I should have booked this guided tour anyway. Alhambra is huge, and a maze of gardens and palaces. Our group only consisted of 20 people (Trust me, that's a small group!). The NHUE organiser and Manuel the guide met us outside the main ticket office, and clearly explained the plan for the day. Manuel, who spoke excellent English, took us in. We had a very enjoyable and comprehensive tour of the Generallife and Alhambra sites over almost 4 hours. It would have been impossible to cover so much ground without a guide. He explained the history, architecture and purpose of each site, and was open and helpful to all sorts of questions . We passed ticket barriers and security without any delay, circumventing the queues and moving on. Simply, he turned what would have been a confusing visit into something very memorable. Excellent value and recommended.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Robert, 03/11/2019

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