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Alhambra Granada | UNESCO world heritage site 

The Alhambra is a medieval palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain, known for its Moorish architecture, intricate carvings, and beautiful gardens. This UNESCO World Heritage Site showcases the artistic brilliance of the Nasrid Dynasty. As one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations, booking your tickets in advance is essential so you don’t miss out! Here’s all you need to know about Alhambra tickets.

Things to know before booking your tickets to Alhambra

  • Alhambra is one of Spain's most visited attractions. Due to its popularity, tickets can sell out weeks or even months in advance. Which is why planning and purchasing tickets up to 4 months in advance is highly recommended.
  • Access to the Nasrid Palaces, the jewel of the Alhambra, is strictly controlled and requires a time-specific ticket. 
  • Booking tickets in advance allows you to choose from a wider range of entry times and ticket types, including guided tours and audio guides. 
  • Please note that the Alhambra is a palace complex. If you would like to visit the Nasrid Palace, Generalife Gardens or the Alcazaba, make sure you select a ticket that includes access to the separate sub attractions.

Which Alhambra Granada ticket is best for you?

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If you are short on time

Go for: Skip the line tours
Duration: 2 hours
Guide: Guided Tour

  • Experience a comprehensive 2-hour tour covering the primary highlights of Alhambra, including the Generalife Gardens and Alcazaba.
  • With skip-the-line entry, you can bypass the usual wait times, allowing you to focus on enjoying the sights without the stress of delays or overcrowding.
  • Choose from guided tours available throughout the week in English, Spanish, French, German, or Italian.

Recommended Tours: 
Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of Alhambra Complex, Alcazaba & Generalife without Nasrid Palaces

Female Tour Guide with tourists

If you prefer a more personalized experience

Go for: Premium Tours
Duration: 3 hr.
Guide: Guided tour

  • Embark on an intimate tour of the Alhambra with a maximum of 10 guests.
  • Benefit from a multilingual guide for a comprehensive understanding of this iconic site.
  • Visit key attractions, including Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba, Palace of Carlos V, the unique Patio of the Lions, and the Bath of the Mosque.

Recommended Tours: 
Skip-the-Line Premium Tour of Alhambra with Access to Nasrid Palaces

Tour guide talking to a group of tourists

If you are a history enthusiast

Go for: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
Duration: 2 hour - 3 hour
Guide: Guided tour

  • Explore the Alcazaba Fortress, the ancient military stronghold that provides panoramic views of Granada.
  • Choose a guided tour in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
  • Visit the Carlos V Palace, a Renaissance masterpiece within the complex. Learn about the architectural transition and historical context of this structure.

Recommended Tours: 
All Alhambra: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Nasrid Palaces

Nasrid Palace

If you are on a budget

Go for: Granada Card
Duration: Flexible Duration
Guide: No Guide

  • Gain access to Granada's key monuments, including the Cathedral, Royal Chapel, and the iconic Alhambra with Nasrid Palaces. 
  • Get the flexibility to choose when you go to the Nasrid Palace. 
  • Optimize your visit with the Granada Card, bundling 9 bus trips and 1 tourist train ride. Select from 24, 48, or 72-hour validity from your initial use.

Recommended Tours: 
Granada Card with Priority Access to Alhambra

Highlights of Alhambra Granada

Palace Rooms

Palace Rooms

The Salón de los Embajadore, the largest room in the Alhambra and Sala de los Abencerrajes showcase stunning Moorish architecture and intricate decorations. They were used for royal receptions and ceremonies.

Entrances and Statues

Entrances and Statues

The main entrances include the Puerta de las Granadas (Gate of Pomegranates) and the Puerta Judiciaria. A statue of Washington Irving stands nearby, he was an American author who played a significant role in popularizing Spain's Moorish past through his books like ‘Tales of the Alhambra.’ 

Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions)

Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions)

The central Fountain of the Lions is supported by twelve marble lions, symbolising strength. The decor surrounding the fountain includes an ornate gallery adorned with delicate stucco work, intricate arabesques, and geometric patterns, typical of Moorish architecture.

Patio de los Arrayanes (Court of the Myrtles)

Patio de los Arrayanes (Court of the Myrtles)

This is an extremely peaceful courtyard, offering the perfect place to take a break. The shimmering reflecting pool, bordered by manicured myrtles, creates a striking contrast against the pristine marble pavement. It serves as an entrance to the Palacio de Comares.

Plan your visit to Alhambra in Granada

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Patio inside Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain
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  • Lockers: Storage lockers are available at Alhambra, since attractions like the Nasrid Palace do not allow you to carry backpacks and luggage.
  • Baby Carriers: Free loan of baby carriers (up to 12 kg) 
  • Social Assistance Animals: Entry allowed with proper accreditation form.
  • Baby Changing Facilities: Baby changing tables are available in the toilets of the building next to Puerta del Vino and Generalife.
  • Wheelchair Loan Service: Wheelchair loan service available at the Access Pavilion, subject to availability.
  • Health Care Service: Emergency health care service located in the building next to Puerta del Vino.
  • Parking: Parking for bicycles and cars is available outside in Plaza de la Alhambra, next to the entrance pavilion.
  • Official Alhambra Bookstores: Three official bookstores are located at the Access Pavilion, Palace of Charles V, and in the city center at Calle Reyes Católicas.
  • Wi-Fi Access: free Wifi is available in the premises.
Tips
  • Book in Advance: Booking tickets to the Alhambra in advance is essential to guarantee your entry, especially during peak tourist seasons. 
  • Explore Generalife Gardens: Spend time exploring the beautiful Generalife Gardens. The serene atmosphere and greenery provide a delightful contrast to the palaces.
  • Follow the Recommended Route: The Alhambra has a recommended route to help you explore the site in a logical sequence. 
  • Courtyard of the Lions Fountain: Examine the fountain at the center of the Court of the Lions. The twelve lion statues supporting the fountain showcase remarkable craftsmanship.
  • Horseshoe Arches: Observe the numerous horseshoe arches throughout the complex, a characteristic feature of Islamic architecture.
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  • Parador de Granada: Located within the Alhambra complex, the Parador de Granada offers stunning views of the Generalife Gardens. Try: Salmorejo (a cold tomato soup)  and Espinacas a la Granadina (Granada-style Spinach)
  • Bodegas Castañeda: Situated in Plaza Nueva, this historic tavern is known for its Andalusian tapas. Bodegas Castañeda offers a cozy atmosphere and an extensive selection of wines. Try: Patatas a lo Pobre ( Andalusian  potato dish ) and Ensalada de la Casa ( House Salad ) 
  • Mirador de Morayma: Located in the Albayzín district, Mirador de Morayma provides a casual dining experience in a Moorish-style house. Try: Albóndigas de Berenjena (Eggplant Meatballs)  and Tarta de Queso con Frutas (Cheesecake with Fruit)
  • Café Baraka: Found in Albayzín, Café Baraka is known for its vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu. Try: Hummus con Verduras ( Hummus with Vegetables) and Berenjenas Rellenas ( Stuffed Eggplants)
Luxury hotel room

Budget Options: Pensión Alfin, Hostal Atenas, Hotel Inglaterra

Mid-Range Options: Hotel Comfort Dauro 2, Carmen Hotel, Eurostars Washington Irving

Luxury Options: Parador de Granada, Nazaríes Business & Spa

Cathedral of Granada
  • Cathedral of Granada: The Cathedral of Granada, or the Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación, is a stunning example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. 
  • Carmen de los Mártires: A historic garden with beautiful views of the Alhambra, Carmen de los Mártires is a peaceful retreat. Explore the gardens, ponds, and enjoy the tranquility.
  • Albayzín (Albaicín) Quarter: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Albayzín is the historic Moorish quarter of Granada. Wander through its narrow, winding streets filled with white-washed houses, discover hidden squares, and enjoy panoramic views of the Alhambra.
  • Royal Chapel of Granada: Adjacent to the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel houses the remains of Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II.

Frequently asked questions about Alhambra Granada tickets

What is Alhambra?

The Alhambra is a medieval palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain, known for its stunning Islamic architecture, intricate carvings, and beautiful gardens. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When should I book tickets to the Alhambra?

Owing to its popularity, tickets to the Alhambra often sell out weeks before. It is recommended that you book your ticket online well in advance of your trip to Granada.

What is the cancelation policy for Alhambra tickets?

 It depends on the Alhambra ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancellation. Please check before you make your reservation.

What can I access with my Alhambra ticket?

It would depend on the ticket chosen. If you would like to visit the Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces and Alcazaba, make sure they are included in your ticket. 

Does my Alhambra ticket include access to the Nasrid Palace?

 Not all Alhambra tickets include access to the Nasrid Palace. You would have to book tickets that specifically allow access into the Nasrid Palace.

How long will a tour of the Alhambra take?

The Alhambra complex is vast, with multiple attractions to visit; therefore it is recommended that you dedicate almost an entire day to this experience. Please also arrive about 30 minutes before your scheduled slot.

Is it necessary to print my Alhambra ticket, or can I show it on my smartphone?

You can show the electronic version of your ticket on your smartphone at the entrance. Make sure the barcode is clear for scanning.

Is there a dress code for visiting the Alhambra?

 While there isn't a strict dress code, visitors are advised to dress modestly out of respect for the historical and cultural significance of the site.

How do I get to the Alhambra?

The Alhambra is accessible by various means, including bus, taxi, and on foot. There are also car parks available for those arriving by private vehicle.