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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.

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.

Alhambra: Our 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 to visit
    The 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 there
    Public 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 value of money. Great time. Great guide

Alhambra is very big and definitely would be able to covered it all without the guided tour in 3 hrs.

The tour was very rich of information, very interesting and impressive

The tour guide, Marta, was a very enthousiastic, funny woman Who told many things books wouldn't tell you.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Fabian, 10/12/2017

good tour route but little explanation from guide

The group was mostly Spanish, (we were the only 2 non spanish speaking) and the guide seemed to spend a lot of time explaining the history of the sites to them, her translation was only one or 2 sentences into english which was very disappointing. We may as well have walked the route by ourselves. There are several tours on offer, including cheaper and free ones.. if you are looking for an english speaking tour perhaps try another! The route itself and the views are beautiful, so we still had an enjoyable afternoon..

Informative knowledgeable, well organised, friendly guide

Our guide had a wealth of knowledge and was very happy to answer questions. He steered us away from other large groups so that we could hear him clearly and take our time.

Simply wonderful, knowledgeable, helpful, courteous, friendly and grac

Our guide msde our time here spectacular. I highly recomend her as a guide. She has the ability to be gracious, knowledgeable and helpful at the same time.

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