Skip the line access to tour the Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces
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The Alhambra has reopened its doors to the public, following a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several health and hygiene measures have been implemented at the Alhambra for public safety. If you plan to visit, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the changes.
Here’s everything you need to know before planning a visit to the Alhambra:
An official UNESCO heritage site, the Alhambra is one of Spain’s top-visited sites, drawing more than 6,000 visitors each day. The Alhambra palace is perched on the top of a hill, overlooking the old town of Granada and set against a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
This marvelous piece of Islamic architecture was originally built in the 9th Century as a walled city. The current structure dates back to the 13th and 14th Centuries when it served as a residence for the Moorish monarchs of the Nasrid dynasties. The name Alhambra is derived from the Arabic phrase Al-Qala’a Al-Hamra (the Red Castle) due to the reddish color of its outer walls.
There’s plenty to see and do here! With an Alhambra ticket, you get access to the stunning Generalife Gardens, Alcazaba military fortress and the pivotal attraction, the Nasrid Palaces.
Since the Alhambra is one of Spain’s most-visited attractions, visitors will always experience long waiting lines at the entrance. The best way to avoid wasting time is by opting for skip-the-line Alhambra tickets. With this ticket, you can bypass the long waiting lines and get priority access to the Alhambra, including the Alcazaba fortress, Generalife Gardens and if included in your ticket, the Nasrid Palaces.
There’s no better way to explore the historic structure than by opting for an Alhambra guided tour. Your local tour guide can speak several languages including but not limited to English, Spanish and French. They will guide you through all the important areas of the Alhambra complex including the Alcazaba fortress and Generalife gardens, informing you about its history, architecture and design, and other interesting trivia.
The Nasrid Palace is the main attraction of the Alhambra, visited by millions of visitors each year. Owing to its popularity, a standard Alhambra ticket does not include access to the Nasrid Palace -- you would have to book a ticket that specifically provides access to it. This ticket would give you skip the line access and a guided tour of Nasrid Palace.
If you’re looking to save time on commute, opt for Alhambra tickets that provide return transfers. By opting for a ticket with return transfers, you don’t have to worry about planning transport from your hotel to the Alhambra, and back again. As part of this ticket, you will be picked up directly from your hotel, taken to the Alhambra, and then dropped right back.
The Nasrid Palace is the Alhambra’s central attraction, showcasing the finest Islamic-era architecture in Europe. It boasts perfectly-proportioned rooms and courtyards, intricately-molded stucco walls, beautiful tiling, finely-carved wooden ceilings, elegant patios and beautiful facades with complex Islamic geometric designs.
This iconic structure was the official residence of the first Moorish king, Mohammad I, and has continued to serve as the seat of the Nasrid emirs. The Nasrid Palaces are divided into three key areas: the entrance through Mexuar which is the administrative and public part of the complex, the Palacio de Comares which was the emir's official and private residence, and the Palacio de Los Leones which served as a private area for the royal family.
This military rampart is the oldest segment of the Alhambra, dating back to the 9th Century. Built and originally used as a residential quarter by King Mohammad I, until the completion of the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba fortress was mainly used for military purposes.
Although the fortress is mostly in ruins, the Torre de la Vela or the Watchtower is definitely worth a visit. Once you climb up the winding staircase leading up to the tower, you will be mesmerized by the breathtaking views, including the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the backdrop. The tower is also historically significant as the one where the cross and banners of the Reconquista were raised in January of 1492.
The Generalife, the emirs’ gorgeous summer estate, dates back to the 14th Century and derives its name from the Arabic phrase, Jinan Al-‘Arif, meaning ‘the overseer’s gardens’. Situated farthest away from the rest of the Alhambra buildings, the enchanting Generalife gardens and palace were used as the emirs’ summer home. The perfectly manicured rectangular gardens are laden with colorful flowers, towering trees, an amphitheater and small fountains, evoking resplendent imagery.
While you stroll through these gardens, you will arrive at a string of elegantly-designed rectangular plots, the Jardines Nuevos or the Lower Gardens. These lead up to the whitewashed Palacio del Generalife, the emirs’ summer palace, from where you can see the Alcazaba Fortress.
Alhambra opening hours vary based on the time of year you plan to visit:
From April to mid-October: 08:30 AM to 08:00 PM.
From mid-October to end of March: 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM.
The Alhambra is open on all days of the week.
The Alhambra is closed on January 1 and December 25. It is otherwise open through the year and every day of the week.
The best time to visit the Alhambra is between April to June and September to November. During spring, you can enjoy the Generalife gardens in full bloom, while fall season offers pleasant weather and less crowds. The busiest time of the year is during summer, between June to September.
Getting to the Alhambra is possible by car, taxi or bus. You can also opt for Alhambra tickets that include return transfers.
Yes, if you want to get to the Alhambra by bus, you can take buses C3, C30 or C32. They will drop you directly in front of the Alhambra entrance.
Yes, you can take a car or taxi to get to the Alhambra. A journey from Granada center to the Alhambra would take about 10-15 minutes.
Not all Alhambra tickets include access to the Nasrid Palace. When you purchase Alhambra tickets that specifically include access to the Nasrid Palace, you get skip-the-line access as well.
Yes. Your Alhambra skip-the-line tickets do include a local, multilingual tour guide.
Yes. Storage lockers have been made available at the Granada for visitors, since attractions like the Nasrid Palace do not allow you to carry backpacks and luggage.
Yes, small cafeterias and vending machines have been made available to the public inside the Alhambra.
Yes, paid parking has been made available right outside the Alhambra for visitors.
Q. Is it safe to visit the Alhambra post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Colosseum now encourages online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Alhambra?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Alhambra now accepts online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; audio guide devices will not be available to the public. Guided tours have been limited to groups of 25.
Q. Are Alhambra tickets available online post-COVID-19?
A. Yes. You can book your Alhambra tickets online now. Ensure that you carry an e-ticket or a physical copy of your ticket, along with a valid government ID to the site.
Q. What is the cancelation policy for Alhambra tickets?
A. 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 cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
Q. What is the maximum group size for guided Alhambra tours?
A. The Alhambra is accepting guided tour groups with a maximum of 25 guests.
Q. What are Alhambra opening hours post-COVID-19?
A. Alhambra opening hours post-COVID-19 remain the same. From 1 April to 14 October, it is open between 08:30 AM to 08:00 PM; from 15 October to 31 March, between 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM.
Q. What parts of the Alhambra are open to the public post-COVID-19?
A. The Alcazaba, Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palace and Palace of Charles V are open to the public post-COVID-19.
Q. What can I access with my Alhambra ticket?
A. A standard Alhambra ticket includes skip-the-line access to attractions like the Generalife gardens, Alcazaba fortress and Palace of Charles V among others.
Q. Does my Alhambra ticket include access to the Nasrid Palace?
A. Not all Alhambra tickets include access to the Nasrid Palace. You would have to book tickets that specifically allow access into the Nasrid Palace.
Q. Does my Alhambra ticket include guided tours?
A. Yes. Your Alhambra ticket includes guided tours of the major attractions within the complex.
Q. What does a return transfer to the Alhambra ticket include?
A. Some Alhambra tickets include return transfers; you will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel after your tour, allowing you to save time and money planning commute for your experience.
Q. Can I get skip-the-line Alhambra tickets?
A. Yes. Your Alhambra tickets include skip the line access to major attractions within the complex. This allows you to bypass the long waiting lines.
Q. What is the cancelation policy for Alhambra tickets?
A. Most Alhambra tickets cannot be canceled, rescheduled or amended. It is highly recommended that you plan your trip in advance.
Q. How long will a tour of the Alhambra take?
A. 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.
Q. When should I book tickets to the Alhambra?
A. 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 to your trip to Granada.