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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 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
We found our guide and the meeting point easily and it was not directly at the main entry with the crowds so it was a very relaxed experience to try and locate the meeting point before the tour commenced. Miguel took us through with no hiccups and no wait time and spoke very passionately about the history of the gardens. He ran through the history of the gardens including the history behind the cultural influences of the construction over the years as well as history of the royal family and how they influenced Spain as a country. He pointed out several little interesting facts or visual cues in parts of the gardens we would not have known if we had wandered in on our own. He spoke clearly, well paced for the group and informatively about the history of the gardens. All in all, a great tour and would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Alhambra is a must touristic attraction but there are so much to learn and so many differnet areas to discover, it would've been really hard to look around if you did not have guide. I recommend guided tour for this attraction for sure and our guide was very well spoken and very knowledgeable with history. We had 15 people in our tour group which 9 of them were my family with little kids, and he was very patient throughout in such a hot day. This tour is long and lots of walking so please be prepared. Although hope all the tour guide is clear about the under 2y old ticket because when I was booking online, they did not add on
Our tour was planned ro start at 9.00. By email 2 days before we were informed that it would be 10.00. The evening before the tour we got another mail that said: start at 9.00. By we could not get clarity. Our hotel was at 20 km distance. To be in time for 9.00 we had to leave the hotel before breakfast time. Arriving at the startingpoint we had to wait more than one hour, because the start of the tour was still at 10.00. The Alhambra is fantastic, the tour was perfect and the guide was excellent.
We had an excellent experience touring the Alhambra with Marta. She was friendly, relaxed, extremely well-spoken, informative, and cheerfully encouraged and addressed all of our questions. My wife and I had no problem locating our guide by the Alhambra entrance, and the earphone we were each given to hear her worked beautifully. We highly recommend this tour and especially Marta.
It was the BEST VALUE FOR MONEY TOUR with an all access pass to the 3 main elements of the Alhambra: NAZRID Palaces, Generalife Palace & gardens and the Alcazaba. Our guide, Ruth, was excellent and very consider ate if everyone in our group.