Alhambra, Granada, Spain

What is Alhambra?

  • Alhambra is a fortress/palace located in Granada, Spain. It was initially built as a fortress then re-built to be used as a palace. It is built on an elevated area of the city, so you can see the view of Granada from here. The palace has Islamic influences and the details inside each building (patterns and tiles) at Alhambra are very impressive. It’s a must see place when you are visiting Granada or the Andalusia area.
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • For more details, click here for the website for Alhambra

Address: Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

  • How to get there: You can get to Alhambra by taking bus #C3 from Plaza Isabel (costs 1.20 euros one way)

Hours:

March 15th – October 14th:

  • Monday to Sunday – 8:30am to 8pm
  • Evening Visit Friday and Saturday – 10pm to 11:30pm

October 15th – March 14th:

  • Monday to Sunday – 8:30am to 6pm
  • Evening Visit Friday and Saturday – 8pm to 9:30pm

General admission fee: 14 euros (includes access to Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Palace of Charles V and the Mosque Baths)

  • Instead of the general admission, you can purchase admission to Alhambra Gardens only (includes Alcazaba and Generalife palace and Gardens) for 7 euros. However, I don’t recommend this one, because the highlight of Alhambra is the Nasrid palaces and the Alhambra Gardens admission does not include access to the Nasrid palaces.
  • Alhambra at night admission (includes visit to Nasrid palaces): 8 euros – Alhambra is known to be beautiful at night. This is recommended if you have the time in Granada to go see Alhambra both during the day and night.

Advance ticket purchase: Highly recommended and can be purchased online here. If you don’t purchase the tickets advance, then you will have to wait in a really long line up (longer than the line-ups I’ve seen at other tourist attractions in Spain)

  • It is best to book your tickets at least one month in advance in order to get the time slot you want (ideally, about 2 months in advance is recommended if you will be visiting during a peak season to be able to secure the time you want)
    • When you purchase your tickets online through the link above, you will get to select the time frame to visit Alhambra (i.e. morning or afternoon) and also a specific time for entrance to Nasrid Palaces. There is a limit for how many people can be inside Nasrid Palaces, which is why you have an allocated entry time.
  • Once you have purchased your tickets in advance, you just need to bring a printed copy detail and the credit card you purchased the ticket with. When you arrive at Alhambra, you don’t have to wait in the long line up. Instead, you just need to head over to the area where you can print a copy of the ticket from the kiosks that look like this:

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Tips on planning your route inside Alhambra:

  • Once you are at Alhambra, you need to plan your time well to arrive at the entrance of Nasrid Palaces for your entry time. You will notice that there are signs like the one pictured below throughout the palace to show how long it takes to get from one area to another as the palace is huge.
  • The major sections/areas in Alhambra are: Generalife, Palacio de Carlos V, Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba, and Partial gardens.
  • Generalife is in a different area of Alhambra than the rest of the major areas, so if you have about 2 hours before your entry time to Nasrid Palaces, then it’s best to go to the Generalife area first, then go to Nasrid Palaces and the other major areas around it.

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Photos of Alhambra:

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Photos inside Nasrid Palaces in Alhambra:

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