The Alhambra
The Alhambra
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8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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The second most visited site in Europe: this breathtaking palace-city is a sophisticated blend of medieval Islamic, Renaissance Christian and modern architectural styles..
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • BharathiMani
    Bengaluru, India3,160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss Nasrid Palace
    This is one of best palace and fortress complex that I have ever seen in my life. Absolutely not to be missed. #1: Buy tickets from official website only. There are other sites which are rip offs. They only allow limited number of people per day #2: IMHO no point to visit Alhambra if you can't get into Nasrid Palace. #3: there is a specific time printed on your ticket for Nasrid Palace. Be there 10-15 minutes before that time. #4: keep looking for tickets that include the palace late in the night (CEST time). They get freed up the night before. We were fortunate to find 2 tickets. #5: there are 3 car parks for personal cars. They are all close to the entrance #6: don't forget your passport. Tickets are linked to it The Nasrid Palace is just mind blowing beautiful. The work on it is very intricate. The views from Generalife and Alacazaba are beautiful. Don't miss the palace of Carlos V. Very beautiful In general the site was extremely well managed and audio tour easy to follow. Note to the management: I understand that you want to remove middle man and that's why tickets are not transferable but it should be allowed at the window. We purchased tickets w/o Nasrid Palace. Later we were lucky to find ones that included the palace. The earlier bunch of tickets got wasted. It's not about the money but some people who couldn't visit could have gotten in Anyways there was unofficial sites selling tickets so for sure middle men are involved
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2023
  • anchi100
    Prague, Czech Republic416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just go...
    I was glad to visit in the "Winter season" - early March. Not too many people and not hot. It was a marvel! I had a dream about it afterwards. Please allocate sufficient time - there is a lot to see / do / walk and you may want to make a stop, grab a cup of coffee or sit with a book in one of the many scenic gardens or patios. I would go for the whole day...
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • EdinAust
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom372 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind-blowing
    It’s hard to think of words to describe the Alhambra and do it justice. It’s vast, awesome, splendid and opulent, and that’s just for starters. Set aside a whole day to see the entire complex and just drink it in. The Nasrid Palace is an essential part of the visit but requires advance booking, separate from the rest of the site and is highly recommended. Also spend some time in the old town of Granada looking up at the Alhambra to appreciate its position and sheer scale.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2023
  • LAMMER13
    Rochester Hills, Michigan217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A “must see” in Granada. Don’t miss this.
    We rented the audio guides. Definitely worth the price. Give yourself at least 3 to 4 hours. The views of the city and surrounding area are fantastic on top of the walls. The history is very interesting. Signage is limited so again recommend getting the audio guides. Take your time to look up at the ceilings and at all of the detail throughout the complex. There’s even a little bit of American history with a link to Washington Irving. There are several places to sit down and rest. The upper levels are not very accessible for those with mobility issues. Reconstruction continues and workers are present while tours are given and visitors walk around the venue.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 March 2023
  • JoeV314159
    Chicago, Illinois158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to enhance your visit to Granada.
    A wonderful way to spend a day and learn about the history and culture of Granada while getting some exercise. Take your time to stroll through all of the beautiful, rooms and gardens as well as to stop and enjoy the scenery. Booking your tickets in advance on the internet is very easy and well organized. You need tickets to enter the Nasrid Palace. Booking online only enables you to skip the ticket purchase line. You will still need to queue up at your specified time to enter the palace. If you skip the ticket purchase line you can enter through the Puerta de la Justicia - a short walk uphill from the town center starting just off the Plaza Nueva.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • JocelynHale
    Rimont, France39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Well worth the 3-5 hours you can spend there and glad we did it off season. The onsite cabin for drinks and food was very reasonably priced. Make sure you get a bus to the entrance as the walk from the town can be challenging for some. It was like doing Gold Hill 40 times.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Redkitewatcher64
    Andover, United Kingdom1,825 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Have heard so much about this place , as we were in the area we had to visit. We had pre-booked online, but make sure that you get the official site where you can buy a day entrance ticket for 12 euros. There are a lot of sites that look official but are really tour companies offering guided tours. You can easily walk around it without a guide. Note they do not have paper tickets not you have to use a QR code, but we picked up a free map from the shop opposite the entrance. Make sure you stay on the main motorway into Granada and follow the signs to the Alhambra , our sat nav took us off and we ended up going through all the side streets of Granada. Even mid week in Feb it was packed ! It was a lot bigger than I expected with 5 palaces to explore. You have a timed ticket for one section and you need to make sure you are on time as there is a long queue to get in. The whole place is stunning , with so much history at every turn . So many different design styles and as you come around some corners your breathe is taken away, In between the castles are beautiful gardens and fountains , but come prepared with footware for a lot of walking. The only thing that let it down was there were little facilities to get food or drink. The views from the ramparts over Granada are equally as stunning . Go early and take your time enjoying all the beauty
    Visited February 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • nick9874
    Florida200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    By far this was the best thing we saw on our entire trip. The history was so unique and the building and grounds were so well taken care of. If you are anywhere near Granada this is the one thing you need to do. Make sure you have a guide so you can appreciate the history and architecture.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The eighth wonder of the world
    This imposing palace and fortress complex is a must place to visit when you are in Granada. It is advisable to book the tickets online. Beware there are many sites selling more expensive tickets. The official price without guiding is 19,09 euros. Bring your ID card or passport with you. It is needed at various points during the visit. From the city, it is advisable to take a taxi (7-8 euros) to the ticket office which is located at the furthest end of the area. Walking down is much quicker and easier.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 April 2023
  • RamblinRoes
    Media, Pennsylvania220 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best to do early in the day
    If you're in Granada you're probably here for the Alhambra. It's a truly unique and beautiful site but it can be a bit tricky to get to the right place at the right time. It's highly advisable to purchase tickets well ahead of your visit, especially in the high season. I believe you can see and feel it at its best if you reserve the first entry to the palace. Even though the site is huge, the palace is relatively small and requires a timed entry. Also be sure to leave yourself ample time to get get to the site and the proper entry gate. Depending on where you are coming from and your mode of transportation it can be a bit of a journey. We weren't willing to risk being late so we simply took a cab and it was well worth it. Also, they do require your passport for entry so be sure to bring it along! By midday the site can be overwhelmed with tour groups and school groups and can get very hot so be prepared. Leave plenty of time to explore the gardens and then you can even walk back into town. Just plan well and you'll have a great experience!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 April 2023
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Boisenb
Boise, ID400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Until you see it for yourself, you can't image the beauty of it. Plan to spend at least one full day (or more if you have time) exploring it.
Written 28 February 2024
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William H
Calgary, Canada8 contributions
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Tour company Minreserva online guide failed to show at their designated place for an Alhambra tour in Feb 2024. Don’t use this unreliable company under any circumstance - it ruined our day. A complaint to the Andalusian Tourist authorities is in progress…
Written 27 February 2024
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Jon
Decin, Czech Republic5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very interesting historical place to visit in any season. Be prepared for lots of people. Beautiful architecture and views from towers of this place. Buy tickets online few weeks before the visit, because tickets to buy here are being sold out quickly.
Written 17 February 2024
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Geggsy63
Thornton Cleveleys, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This tour meets you just a short walk from from Alhambra entrance, at a hotel veranda. This is a good idea as you don't get tangled up with the dozens of others tour groups milling in the car park. Our tour, led my Jaime was excellent. Knowledgeable and passionate about the location. It's thoughtfully worked out so to avoid too many visitors in one place all together and fitting in a refreshment and toilet breaks. The whole tour took 3.5 hours so even though it was slow going waiting for crowds to clear Jaime didn't skip any part of the tour.
Alhambra is more beautiful and fascinating than I can describe.
It is worth the price.
A must see at least once!
Written 17 February 2024
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Carol D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was an excellent tour. Antonio is extremely knowledgeable and filled us in on the history of the Alhambra as well as the history of Spain. He paced the tour so we were able to see everything in the time allotted. He answered all of our questions and offered to take photos of couples.
The Alhambra is a must see.
Written 15 February 2024
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Caroline R
Berkshire, UK173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Need to prebook online to guarantee entry a with a good timed slot for the Nasrid Palace (limit numbers) for a Monday in January. Cost about 19 euros each. We drove there and parked in the car park mid morning (parking is extra). The entrance isn't well organised or signed. We used the downloaded self guided audio tour. Can scan the QR code onto you phone from the signs.
There are freelance tour guides at the entrance who will approach you. Or you can prebook tour guides online or in Granada. There is a bag search on entry (which is difficult to find as poor signage!). Also our passports were scanned at a few places as I'd entered our passport numbers to purchase the tickets. There are few souvenir, drinks, snacks shops and a couple of hotels inside. There's a combination of (unimpressive) gardens and the famous buildings to visit. Need about four hours to see it all with a short break.
There were two queues (one for groups) to get into the Azcabar and tower with only one man working to scan passports/tickets. Where's the staff? You're told to come to the Nasrid Palace queue 5 minutes before your ticketed time. However we went 15 minutes before as the queue was so long and that took 20 minutes (again only one woman working there) to get to the front of that queue to check ticket times. Then you walk a few meters to a second queue with again only one person to scan tickets/passports at the main entrance. I definitely wouldn't go in the summer if they create such long queues in January. Many were complaining. We enjoyed the history, buildings and decoration. You need to look out for the audio guide sign numbers on the small, waist height stands in the rooms/areas as these are often obscured by the crowds.
Recommend going early in the day before it gets too crowded with groups and schools. Great panoramic views over Granada.
You can bring water bottles in. You need to be fairly fit to get around it all. Wear comfortable walking shoes/boots. I did my 10,000 steps there. Not very accessible for the those who are less physically able and young children as lots of steps. The Fine Art gallery is closed on Mondays.
Written 9 February 2024
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LESLEY F
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We bought our tickets in Granada from the official site. The woman on the desk was minimally helpful. At no time did she emphasise the importance of getting to the Palace by the time on the ticket. We thought this was just the time to enter the monument. This information is written in tiny writing on the reverse of the ticket. Who reads the back of tickets??? Due to lack of signage to the entrance we spent over an hour wandering around the gardens looking for it. As a result we lost our time to visit the Palace. We pointed out that we had missed our time due to looking for the entrance in the gardens to which she responded 'the gardens are on the other side' as if we hadn't discovered that for ourselves. We mentioned to staff that we had difficulty finding the entrance and suggested they improve the signage, the response was that it was above her paygrade. So very poor customer service, chaotic queuing and very expensive considering we were not allowed to visit the best part of the monument.
Written 7 February 2024
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Jennifer M
Beacon, New York3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A spectacular place but lacking in important information for visitors. No one told us that the time stamped on our tickets was the only time to view the Palace so we missed the most important part of the trip.
Written 2 February 2024
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Angela M
Royton, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you’re visiting the Costa de Sol a visit to La Alhambra is a must. Beautiful architecture and so peaceful place to visit. It is a wondrous place full of history . Booking is essential as only a certain number of people are allowed at any one time. Watch out for the church siesta closing times we missed this as it wasn’t advertised. Still a wondrous beautiful place.
Written 31 January 2024
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Dawn B
Norwich, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Amazing place, full of history and on a sunny day, fantastic views and gardens. Recommend booking an independent guide to make the most of the site as it's huge and sprawling, you could easily miss something. Make sure you book tickets in advance regardless, incredibly popular place. Not a problem for me but be prepared for lots of steps and uneven surfaces. The lack of 5 stars is the sheer amount of people allowed in! Over 6,000 tickets are sold every day and despite the size of the place, some areas get very cramped and crowded.
You can access much of the site without booking so if you're undecided, that's an option.
Written 30 January 2024
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The Alhambra admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 3,934.09, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 686.53 per person.