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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 are so glad we booked this guided tour. Not only did it do away with worrying about ticket purchases/printing, but we would not have enjoyed the Alhambra as much as we did if it weren't for Ana's narration and stories. She was very good and also very respectful. Thank you, Ana!
The guide, Isabela made the visit especially memorable by conveying the social, religious, political history of the Alhambra in a clear manner
Our Spanish-English speaking guide Isabella was very knowledgeable and we learned such a lot about fascinating Alhambra and this region developed throughout its long history by diverse cultures.
We were a group of five and most pleased to have the tour to ourselves, especially when we came across one of the free walking tours which included about thirty people! Our guide Violetta was very knowledgeable about the history of Grenada, and Spain generally and her English was excellent. The tour covered a reasonable area over the two hour period with plenty of stops so even though one of our group has a dodgy hip and one an unsound ankle we were all fine! Would definitely recommend this tour as very good value for money.
We were very happy with this choice. Sabina, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made our tour extremely enjoyable. Well worth it!