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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

Excellent tour of the Alhambra and palaces.

A great guide and we visited the Generalife gardens and the palaces. Everything was very well organised. Thank you for a great trip.

Skip-the-Line: Alhambra & Generalife 3-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/20/2017

Wonderful tour with a lovely, informative guide

We took a morning tour with Antonio on 18.08 - the group size was small enough that you didn't feel like cattle being herded round. The pace was great, and Antonio was a very informative guide. This was a great way to take in the beauty and the history of the wonderful Alhambra palace.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Rachel, 08/20/2017

An excellent historic place, well worth visiting.

Thank you To our guide 'Christina.' You knew everything about the Alhambra and the gardens. You made the tour interesting and kept it flowing beautifully. It certainly didn't feel like 3 hours in 38 degrees. Well done

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/20/2017

Very informative tour with a knowledgeable guide.

As first-time visitors to the Alhambra this was an ideal tour, Blanca was an excellent guide who provided key information on the background history of the place. The pace was generally good; even when she sometimes walked ahead we could still keep up with the information due to wearing the microphone earpiece.

Skip the Line: Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour Reviewed by Richard, 08/17/2017

The guide was excellent in his explanation, thourly enjoyed the tour.

Get your. Guide was an excellent choice in organising my trip, the guides was at dedicated point at the time prescribed, the explanation and tour route was excellent. The complete family had a great experience. I would most defernetly use GYG again!

Skip-the-Line: Alhambra & Generalife 3-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/17/2017

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