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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.

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 place, great guide, great experience

This is a brilliant place, huge history. We had great weather, sunny but not too hot. The guide was excellent, Raffa. Really enjoyed it.
Granada: Alhambra and Generalife Tour Reviewed by Frank, 10/18/2016

Nothing beats an informed, enthusiastic, and personable guide.

I visited many sites in Spain with audio guides, booklets, or just on my own and I really did not understand the big picture or the most important themes. In Granada, I thought it would be overwhelming to tackle these sites on my own. I could not be happier with my decision to use a guide. She was very well organized and made the sites come to life. She provided interesting detail to supplement the big picture, but the focus was always on the major themes. Power of the Moorish palace v. the people living outside the walls. The relatively understated exterior of the palace v. The plush, peaceful interior spaces so the outside people would be unaware and not envious of the pleasures within. The 3-hour tour was appropriate in length and content. Overall, it was a very satisfying experience.

Violetta was excellent bringing history to life, highly recommended !

The detail and general information we got from our guide was interesting and brought the palace to life. So much better than a guide book...

Very interesting and enjoyable. Friendly guide

The tour is really worth the money. The guide was friendly and I learned a lot about the Albaicin I previously was walking through wondering about the history. Also the Sacromonte part was interesting because this would have been a part which I wouldn't have visited myself but I learned a lot about the history there.
Granada: Albaicín and Sacromonte 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/15/2016

Great Experience and very informative tour guide

Everything was great from the meet up with the guide, all the way to the end of the tour.
Granada: Alhambra and Generalife Tour Reviewed by Yasir, 10/14/2016

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