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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

The tour guide was excellent, helpful, polite and very informative.

The gardens in Alhambra are very beautiful. The castles are amazing. It was one of the best tours I have ever been to. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Private Alhambra Tour From Malaga & Surrounds Reviewed by Michele, 09/18/2018

A great tour with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide Edu

This was a very good tour. AlHambra is a must go sightseeing if u r going to Spain. Our guide Edu was really excellent knowledgeable and friendly. The only problem we had was the audio malfunctioning many times. Edu tried his best to change it but unfortunately even the new one malfunctioned but he made sure we all heard him and were all satisfied and happy.

Skip-the-Line Group Tour of Alhambra Reviewed by Tarek, 09/17/2018

Excellent tour with a personable knowledgeable guide.

Virginia is a PhD candidate in Islamic studies, and the most qualified guide possible. She is also charming and funny. She made the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable and informative. We enjoyed the walk up from la Plaza de Santa Ana all the way through the Generalife. For those who aren’t Spanish speakers, she is clear and coherent as well.

Pablo’s keen storytelling brought magic into every corner of Alhambra

Pablo really delighted everyone on the tour with his gift of storytelling. He is able to take this encyclopedic knowledge of Alhambra and present it in such a magical and fascinating way. He even found ways to engage our children at 6 and 9 years old, with mysterious legends and tales from its history. After taking many tours over the years I believe Pablo has a real gift for sharing this history in such an enchanting way.

Laura was our fantastic tour guide, highly recommend.

We were very fortunate to have a 2 hour with Laura who is a well educated and passionate history expert. She has been living in Granada and so her local and historic knowledge was excellent, logical in delivery, amusing at times and well paced. From our perspective Laura brought the history to life, explaining the chronology and rationale for the monument and its little secrets that only a scholar would know. Thanks for making it so special Laura.

Guided Tour of Alhambra Surroundings Reviewed by Susan, 09/14/2018

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