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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
My guide was absolutely superb, her English was pretty much perfect. The Alhambra itself was beautiful, having gone in the quiet season there were plenty of moments to be able to stop and take photos. Our guide also clued us in on some other important places to visit in Granada, all in all it was a wonderful experience. The only possible negative comment is that the audio equipment that lets you hear the guide does struggle at times when it is windy or you lag too far behind the group.
First time I have used this service but found it very easy. When I discovered that I could pick up my tickets the day before, the alternative was simply explained. Staff in Granada were very helpful giving clear advice on travel to the Alhambra. The actual visit was totally memorable.
Alhambra was simply magnificent. Our guide Christina was excellent. Extremely good English, very kind and professional, with wide knowledge and experience on Alhambra. An unforgettable experience. Thank you
She was. It only knowledgeable and well organized. But also super organized. Totally pro at her job. She made the tour go by quickly because it was so fun
This Alhambra tour is definitely not for the faint hearted(or less physically fit) lasting as it did almost 3 and a half hours.However although strenuous it was packed full of interest.Our guide Christina clearly knew her stuff and explained the history and symbolism of the site so clearly, a truly educational experience.