The Alhambra in Granada - Essential Guide, Practical Information and Tips
Visitors often ask: What is the Alhambra? What can I see in the Alhambra? How to visit the Alhambra? How much does it cost? Here we answer all these questions.
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The Alhambra is not just a Palace. It is a castle and a fortress, a royal palace and a town, amazing gardens and a summer retreat. The Alhambra is all of that and much more.
It was built between the XIII and the XIV centuries and was the crown jewel of the Emirate of Granada, whose territories stretched from part of Córdoba, Sevilla, Jaén, Murcia and Cádiz, to the whole of Almería, Málaga and Granada.
Where and how to buy tickets for the Alhambra Palace in Granada on the same day, in the ticket office, on the Internet or by telephone.
Guided visit of the Alhambra with an expert in a small group that includes the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife and the Alcazaba. Discounts for children.
The origin of the Alhambra palace, its transformation over centuries of history and handing over of the Alhambra to the Catholic Monarchs.
Wheat to do is when the tickets to the Alhambra are sold out, how to buy other types of entrance, release of tickets at midnight, pernocta card, etc.
The Generalife were the gardens of the Arab architect, beautifully spacious Arab gardens next to the Alhambra on the hill Cerro del Sol.
Palaces, royal apartments and towers of the Alhambra in Granada. The military part of the Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and the Patio of Lions.
Admission prices of the Alhambra in Granada and advance tickets. Prices for adults and discounts for disabled people, pensioners and young people.
Opening hours and closing times of the Alhambra in Granada, morning & afternoon sessions of the Alhambra and best time to visit the Alhambra.
Information on Alhambra parking, parking prices, location maps, access points and how to get to the parking areas from Granada city centre.
Getting to the Alhambra palace by bus, getting to the Alhambra on foot from Cuesta de Gomerez and other ways to reach the Alhambra.
What to see in the Alhambra for free, a complex of palaces, gardens, towers, military buildings and gates which you can see without buying a ticket.
Map of the Alhambra in Granada, location of the Alhambra, the most interesting places around, surrounding neighbourhoods and the streets.
Images of the Patio of the Lions, Nasrid Palaces, the Torre de la Vela, the Palace of Carlos V, the Alcazaba, Generalife and the Comares Palace.
The areas of the Alhambra that are not accessible for disabled people because of the abrupt level changes, stairs, etc... Maps and tickets.
The phone numbers where you can reserve the Alhambra entrance, to buy Granada Card, get public transport and general information.
The best collection of the ancient Nasrid artwork, important representative pieces of the Alhambra, the domestic ceramics, architectural objects, etc.
Certainly, the Alhambra and the Generalife are the main symbols of the splendour and power reached by the Nasrid dynasty.
Finally, after 10 years of war it was taken by the Reyes Católicos in 1492 and they set foot in the palace the 2nd of January.
The first sultan of the Alhambra was Muhammad I, known as Al-Ahmar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty. Muhammad XII, known as Boabdil, was the last one.
The Alhambra of Granada is the most popular monument in Spain, about 2,7 million people visit the Alhambra every year. It became Unesco World Heritage Site in 1984.
After a decade of restoration, the Lion Fountain has returned to its beautiful patio in the Nasrid Palaces.
Its magnificent architecture, its fascinating decoration or the wonderful water gardens and patios in the Generalife are only part of its beauty.
When you look around, you see its spectacular location, stunning views to Granada, the old town Albaycin and the snowed peaks of Sierra Nevada, then you understand the privilege of being here.
"Space of the month" is a special programme run by the Council of the Alhambra that allows visitors to see new areas of the Alhambra, usually closed to the general public.
Each month they select one space and it can be accessed with the general ticket.
If you feel like walking, you can get to the Alhambra by the Cuesta de Gomerez, near Plaza Nueva.
You can see the map, photos and other information on how to walk to the Alhambra in how to get to Alhambra.
According to Spanish legislation and the World Health Organisation's recommendations, new safety measures need to be followed by visitors.
Preventive Safety Measures:
Backpacks or bags over 40x40cm are NOT allowed. Lockers are CLOSED for health and hygiene reasons.
There will be NO audio guides, baby carriers or touchscreens service for the same reason.
Information will be available only in digital format (QR codes). Maps can be downloaded from the website.
You MUST wear a face mask at all times. People without it are not allowed.
There will be hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrance, please use them.
Group visits: only 20 people allowed and social distancing should be kept.
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Page Updated: Aug 05, 2021
Opinions about Alhambra in Granada
Astonishing placeAmazing, with its astonishing castle, fortress, palaces, beautiful rooms and gardens all in one, and views to the Albaycín, and the city of Granada.
A pure jewelI loved Granada, the variety of its architecture, the beauty of the landscapes, the Sierra Nevada, the atmosphere in the streets, the alleyways of the Albaicin and the mountains and unforgettable view of the Alhambra ... a pure jewel.
Alhambra HistoryI would love to see Spain again most importantly Granada this time I will stay longer to get to know more. It was magnificent. I would like to know more about the history Moorish Kings and Queens who lived there? Why it was the palace was named Alhambra. My grandparents talked about Alhambra and I never get enough. Alhambra is our surname (Alhambra).
We were told on the day they couldn't get tickets!I was on a tour of Andalusia last week with Newmarket travel U.K. with entrance to the Alhambra supposedly included. We were told on the day (Sunday) they couldn't get tickets! Our rep said all uk tour operators were being let down. I can't believe if the tickets had been purchased well in advance this wouldn't have happened. Has anyone else had this problem? (Dee)
Devastated visitorHaving paid 240 euro for a trip for my 80 year old husband and myself to visit the Alhambra and a tour of Granada we were really looking forward to it having last visited 35 years ago.
Things were going well until a woman took my husband's ticket which had passport number expirey date his date of birth even our country of origin and told him he was not allowed to enter.
I could go on my own but not him.
After pleading with this dreadful person and our tour guide we had to leave.
We were both devastated we had not on any occasion been told to take passports with us and this was the reason given.
At our ages we had to wait outside in temperature of 32% for over 3 hours for our transport back to our hotel.rnrnWe have wasted all that money as the tour company said it was not there fault the Alhambra are the problem.
Don't worry about pick pockets taking your passport (which you are told to be aware) just remember to take them with you in case you come across this miserable jobsworth!!!