L'Alhambra it is a real walled city that occupies most of the hill of Sabika, positioned in a strategic point that offers a magnificent view over the whole city and the lawn. This led to the belief that other buildings were already on that site, even before the Muslims arrived. The structure is of such historical importance that in 2011 a commemorative two-euro coin was dedicated to it. Here is useful information to visit it.
- Hours and prices
- Online tickets and guided tours
- What to see and how to visit the Alhambra
- Where is it and how to get there
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Hours and prices
- from 1 April to 14 October every day from 8.30 to 20.00, from 15 October to 31 March: every day from 8.30 to 18.00.
- Best time to avoid queues: very early in the morning. Admissions to the attraction are limited
- Daytime visit price (Alhambra General): € 14,00. The visit includes the accessible places of the Alcazaba, Palacios Nazaríes, Generalife, Bath of the Mosque and the Gardens.
- Price of the visit to the gardens (Alhambra Garden): € 7,00. Allows only daytime access to gardens and other areas that vary from month to month (marked with the words Space of the month)
- Night visit price (Alhambra at Night)There are two types of night visits: visit to the Palacios Nazaríes and visit to the Gardens. The two types are independent and incompatible, as they occur at the same time. Tickets cost € 8,00 for Palacios Nazaríes and € 5,00 for the Gardens.
- Reductions: there are reductions only for the day visit (Alhambra General). Children between 12 and 15 years old and people with disabilities (greater than 33%) pay € 8,00. Children under 26 and pensioners from the European Union pay € 9,00.
- Free: admission for children under 12 is always free
Online tickets and guided tours
What to see and how to visit the Alhambra
Alhambra is a very large palace complex and, in order to visit it all, you must order the tour according to the time and from the entry point. If you enter the ticket office, unless the deadline for visiting the Palacios is running out, it is recommended to use this criterion: Generalife - Alcazaba - Palacios Nazaríes. If you enter from the Puerta de la Justicia instead, the recommended order is Alcazaba - Palacios Nazaríes - Generalife.
In case your visiting time to the Palacios is close to that of your entrance to the Alhambra complex, you should reach the entrance of the palaces as soon as possible since it takes 17 minutes from the ticket office and the queue could represent a stumbling block. Having said that, let's analyze the various buildings in detail, with particular attention to the things not to be missed.
1 - Palacios Nazaríes and Partal
Built as a private residence of the sovereign, this constitutes the access point to the palace, and to a courtyard where the emirs met the people. The Arabic style of the different rooms are certainly the most fascinating feature of the complex which can be visited only and exclusively in the time slot indicated on the ticket: not a minute more or less. A visit to these environments, to be truly complete, must include:
- Mexuar: Hall, Oratory, Cuarto Dorado and Patio del Cuarto Dorado;
- Palacio de Comares (Serallo): Patio de los Arrayanes, Sala de la Barca, Salón de Embajadores;
- Palacio de los Leones (Harem): Sala de Mocárabes, Patio, Sala de los Abencerrajes, Sala de los Reyes, Sala de Dos Hermanas, Habitaciones del Emperador, Mirador, Patio de la Reja, Jardín de Lindaraja;
- El Partal: Pórtico del Palacio, Jardines y paseos, Rauda, Palacio de Yusuf III, Paseo de las Torres.
2 - Generalife
Il Palacio de Generalife it was the summer residence of the Nasrid sultans of the Sultanate of Granada. Subsequently the Durazzo family took over the marquisate, acquiring the title of Marquis of Generalife.The palace and its gardens were built during the reign of Muhammad III, and allow visitors to do a real thing in the past, immersing themselves in idle life of the rulers of the time.
Do not miss:
- Jardines Bajos;
- Jardines Altos;
- Escalera del Agua;
- Patio de Descabalgamiento;
- Patio de Acceso;
- Patio de la Acequia;
- Patio de la Sultana;
- Paseo de las Adelfas;
- Calle Real.
3 - Alcazaba and Palacio de Carlos V
L'Alcazaba it is the defensive stronghold of the ancient military area of the Alhambra, of which the bastions and some towers have survived. The Palacio de Carlos V instead, it was built by the emperor himself, when I arrive in Granada on my honeymoon. Bewitched by the beauty of the city and the Alhambra, Charles V first settled in the Arab palaces, and then built next to them, a large and mighty custom-made palace for him. The visit to this section includes:
- the Torre de la Vela
- the jardines de los Ardaves
- the plaza de los Aljibes
- the terraza de la torre de las Armas
- Palacio de Carlos V
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: the attraction is located in a rather central area of the city, positioned on a promontory. It is possible to reach it on foot but the walk is quite steep and takes about 1Km. The best option is to go up from the Plaza Nueva, through the woods, along the Cuesta de Gomérez road. Get directions
- By bus: there are two buses available to get to the Alhambra in Granada, the c30 (Centro - Realejo - Alhambra) and the c32 (Centro - Albaicin - Alhambra). Both depart from the bus stop behind the statue of Queen Isabel la Católica and Cristoforo Colombo at the end of Gran Gran Vía, and stop at Plaza Isabel la Catolica. The route of the C32 is longer.
- By car: If you are coming from the north, i.e. from Madrid, Jaán, Almería or Murcia, follow the Granada ring road (E902 / A44) and the signs for Motril. Take exit 132 (Ronda Sur - Alhambra), keeping left. You will find yourself on the A395. Follow the road and move into the left lane as you pass the tunnel. Take Exit 5B and follow the signs for the Alhambra. If you are coming from the south, i.e. from Motril, follow the Granada ring road (E902 / A44). Take exit 132 (Ronda Sur - Alhambra), keeping left. You will find yourself on the A395. Follow the road and move into the left lane as you pass the tunnel. Take Exit 5B and follow the signs for the Alhambra. Near the attraction there are 4 parking lots.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: only 7000 visitors can access the structure every day, therefore, it is recommended to go to the gates as soon as possible, especially if you do not have a ticket.
- Choose a guided tour: The Alhambra of Granada is a well of history and culture and a guided tour of the complex is certainly the best solution, both to avoid getting lost in the large environments, and to be able to better capture the essence of the whole fortress .
- Save your time: Skip-the-line tickets are available to visit the Nasrid and Generalife Palaces
- Buy tickets in advance: The number of tickets is limited; We recommend purchasing them in advance due to high demand. Each person can purchase a maximum of 10 tickets.
- All visitors must bring a ticket with a barcode: including those whose admission to the monument is free, such as children under the age of 12.
- Recommended time for the visit: The minimum recommended time for a visit to the Alhambra in Granada is approximately three and a half hours
Restrictions in effect:
- For safety reasons, children under the age of 8 must be held by the hand
- Backpacks, large bags and strollers must be left in the cloakroom. The Patronato de la Alhambra and the Generalife provide a service for the loan of baby carriers.
- It is forbidden to drink, eat and smoke, except in designated areas
- It is forbidden to lean on or touch the columns, decorations and columns of the garden.
- It is forbidden to lie down on the benches
CAUTION: those who do not respect the above prohibitions risk being expelled from the facility, without being entitled to any refund
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
L'Alhambra it is the only masterpiece of Arabian art to have reached us almost completely intact. Historically it was a fortified royal citadel, equipped with everything inside, which came to count in the fourteenth century 1500 inhabitants, when Granada had it 40000.
The name, obviously of Arabic derivation "al-Hamrā '" means La Rossa, more precisely red fortress, since the entire name was al-qalah al-hamrā' probably due to the reddish color of the walls that surrounded it, or for the of the beard of Muhammad ibn Nasr or Nazar, founder of the first nucleus of the complex.
The possibility of visit the wonderful Alhambra it was given to us by Catholic Kings who, after having conquered it in 1492, settled there and did not destroy it but rather continued the construction works.
In 1984 the Alhambra of Granada became, together with the Generlife of Granada, Cultural Heritage of Humanity , and was among the finalists forthe seven wonders of the world modern.