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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 to visitThe palace is open all year, except for December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).
- What is the price?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 tips
- 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
Great tour. Only downside was that it was tricky to find the meeting point. The guide was knowledgeable and say to understand.
The tour was great... our guide was exceptional. Gustavo was very engaging with everyone in our group and displayed a great sense of humor and wit. Great, great guide. If/when Gus has his own TV show and or comedy tour I plan t watch/go. Thanks!
I don't know how to spell the name of my tour guide but I think it's Juan. He was very good, extremely knowledgeable, charming, witty and knew how to give the breaks so that we were comfortable throughout the 3 hours of the tour. Overall experience mind blowing.
We booked a private tour in Spanish. Our guide Marta also does tours in English, so if this review makes you lean towards her, know that you can book her for a tour in English too. On the day of our visit it was a blazing hot day (over 42ºC / 108ºF), but our guide Marta adjusted the pace of the walking and the information masterfully to match our pace (I was travelling with my 73 and 84 year-old parents). Doing the private tour allows you not only to skip the line for buying tickets, but also for entering the various buildings within the Alhambra - if you can afford it: go for it! Marta was a wonderful guide in every sense... not only does she hold a wealth of knowledge about the Alhambra, but she was honest when she did not know the answer to one of our many off-beat questions. She was very friendly and spending 3 hours together felt easy and fun for everyone - yes, I think for her too :) At first we thought this was expensive - now we know it was money well spent! THUMBS UP!!!
We enjoyed the tour very much. We had "garden" tickets for the previous day which allowed us to explore at our own pace and take photos which is more difficult in a group. It's a large site and one moves quickly fir 3 hours as there is so much to see. The tour gave us access to the palaces which were spectacular. We had left booking tickets late. Great guide, clear audio on receivers. Would really recommend the tour.