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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
We went on a night tour of the Alcazar grounds which included palaces and the like. The guide was the best guide we’ve ever had on the multiple tours we’ve had over many years of travelling. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and friendly and fun providing very interesting details on the treasures we viewed. We could not be more satisfied with the the tour!
Our guide was Mar, a brilliant young woman with an Art History degree. Her wealth of information and passion for her subject made this tour exceptional! We learned so much about the history of Alhambra, as well as learning about the Muslim and Christian symbolism living today in the extraordinary walls of El Hamra. This extraordinary feat of achievement filled us with awe while giving us a glimpse into not just how daily life would have been in the 12 C but how profound the faith is. Mar’s energetic and enthusiastic talk breathes life into these ancient walls. We won’t forget our trip! Thank you Mar!
The Alhambra was an amazing place. Our guide Isabella had a vast knowledge of the history, the meaning of the symbols and some tales of the place. The wonder of the Alhambra and her tour kept us engaged, even tho we were thorough soaked, it rained, unusual apparently for this time of year. Will have to return when the gardens are in full bloom in May, as they were beautiful
An unforgettable experience and the guide Carmen was really great! Much information, perfect answer to all the questions, perfect English, friendly, sympathic and no hurry.
the Alhambra is a must-see place, we stayed on after the tour and explored further. The only way to appreciate the history and scale is with a guided tour