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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

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The Alhambra tour was excellent and our guide very knowledgeable.

A must see when in Spain. The history so interesting and the ingenuity around the design inspiring. The view from our accommodation also stunning.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by

Fantastic place to see with an even better tour guide

I had no idea that this place would be so spectacular in size and beauty! Our tour guide was also very passionate about this place and it made it that much more enjoyable! Would highly recommend.

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, as did my 2 friends.

The guide was great and being local and having visited since a boy, brought so much to the alhambra story. He has a really nice voice and tone. We all agreed, excellent evening. A privilege being in the Palaces with way fewer people.

Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces Exclusive after Hours Tour Reviewed by

Guide was great! Beautiful and such an interesting tour.

If you can get a tour with one language it would be best, but our guide (I think Emilio) did a great job with Spanish and English. So knowledgeable and friendly. So glad we booked the tour.

Granada: Full Alhambra Complex Guided Tour Reviewed by

A very enjoyable, meaningful experience with a knowledgeable guide

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour which helped me appreciate the history and beauty of the Alhambra. All this is due to our very knowledgeable guide Marina who did a absolutely fantastic job and made the tour very enjoyable and meaningful.

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