Granada: Alhambra Ticket and Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces
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- Duration: 3 hours
Learn everything you need to know before visiting Granada’s fantastic Alhambra. From the historical significance to how much time to spend, our tips and information will help make your trip unforgettable.
As both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain, the Alhambra holds special significance in the region. While all of the monuments are worth visiting, the Nasrid Palaces are the Alhambra’s most popular feature. Near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the palaces recall Granada’s prominent Muslim heritage and history. Made up of the Mexuar, Serallo, and Harem, the royal complex exhibits the extravagance of life at the height of the Nasrid dynasty.
Planning ahead is always smart, but it’s a must to see the Alhambra. The monument holds a 3-day cutoff policy for ticket sales. For popular times of the year like the winter holidays or around Easter, travelers should book at least 3 months in advance to ensure entry. If basic entry tickets are sold out, you may still be able to book a guided tour of the monuments. Remember, you’ll need to provide your full name and ID or passport number to receive your tickets.
Surrounded by mountains, accessing the Alhambra isn’t easy. Few roads lead to the palace, so make sure you’re not in a rush. If you’re already in Granada, the trip takes at least 20 minutes. Most guided tours that include the palace complex and Generalife Gardens take at least 3 hours. As one of Spain’s most popular attractions, you may also find yourself waiting in line. Of course, purchasing tickets to see the Alhambra in advance is a great way to make the most of your time.
Originally built in 889 AD on top of Roman ruins, the Alcazaba Military Fortress is the oldest part of the Alhambra. Renovated by the Nasrid Dynasty in the 13th century, monuments like the Generalife Gardens and the Courtyard of the Lions were eventually added to the fortress. While some guided tours of Alhambra will take you to all of the monuments, each monument has its own access point and entrance tickets. Additionally, some areas on the palace grounds are free to access.
The palace is open all year, except for December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).
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.
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Guide Borja was brilliant, very well informed on Alhambra history as well as the history of Granada and had opinions on just about everything, very good communicator and fun to listen to for the 3 hr duration of the tour
Thank you very much for such a beautiful tour. Alhambra is an amazing place and our guide Esther provided us with so many interesting facts. We enjoyed it so much!
We only purchase the entrance ticket without a guide but we enjoyed exploring Alhambra. It’s fascinating and amazing.
It was a nice experience and our tour guide was very nice. It is a must in Spain
Estuvo excelente, muy buena explicacion.. y súper guia