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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

This guided tour was marvelous, so it is very recommendable

Alhambra is so huge and has many sectors. The weather was so hot and I only had few hours to visit there. I needed a guide who knows well to show me the places which sould never been skipped. The guide, Edward gave great explanation about many places, buildings, flowers, and also trees. It was an enchanting experience to look around Alhambra and Generalife. Special thanks to Edward.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/17/2018

Jus was amazing and full of local & global knowledge

Amazing experience and Jus was exceptionally knowledgeable and people’s person. Congratulations.

Irene was excellent and we loved her enthusiasm.

Irene took us on a very informative tour of the Alhambra. She was articulate, spoke English well and she had a passion for Granada which made the tour captivating. Thanks Irene.

Our guide told us the stories of the Alhambra palaces....

Great experience .... we leant a lot and it has sparked our interest to learn more !

Excellent and entertaining guide with a true enthusiasm for the histor

Sabine Navarro was an excellent and entertaining guide with a true enthusiasm for the history of Alhambra. We came away with a greater appreciation for the beauty and complex history of the site. We were each provided with a wireless earpiece that made it easy to hear our guide throughout the three hour tour.

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