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All You Need To Know About Alhambra’s Opening Hours

Today

Open 8:30 AM–8 PM

Alhambra

Jan 1 TO Mar 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Mar 31)

TIMINGS
Monday8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Tuesday8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Friday8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Saturday8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Sunday8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Alhambra

Day time visit:

From April 1 to October 14 - Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM

From October 15 to March 31 - Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Evening Visit

From April 1 to October 14 - Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 PM to 11:30 PM

October 15 to March 31 - Friday & Saturday: 10:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Note that you'll have to be present at the gate on give time slot since the palace doesn't allow late arrivals.




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Learn all about this UNESCO World Heritage Site with our comprehensive guide to its opening hours. Discover the perfect time to explore the intricate beauty and timeless allure of Alhambra nestled in Granada, Spain. 

Alhambra opening hours

Alhambra

General Visit 

  • April 1 to October 14: Monday to Sunday:  8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
  • October 15 to March 31: Monday to Sunday: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Nasrid Palaces Night Visit

  • April 1 to October 14: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 PM to 11.30 PM
  • October 15 to March 31: Friday and Saturday: 8:00 PM to 9.30 PM

Last Entry: 1 hour before closing.

Closed on: 25th December and 1st January.

What's the best time to visit Alhambra?

Alhambra

Peak Season Vs Low Season

Peak season: May to September

  • Ideal for Outdoor Exploration: With the mild temperatures and longer daylight hours, visitors can enjoy wandering through the lush gardens.
  • High Visitor Numbers: As one of Spain's most popular tourist attractions, the Alhambra can get quite crowded during peak season. 
  • Vibrant Atmosphere: The site is bustling with energy, and the gardens are in full bloom.

Low season: October to April

  • Quieter Environment:  Enjoy a more leisurely exploration of the Alhambra.
  • Ideal for Detailed Exploration: The quieter atmosphere of the low season provides an opportunity to appreciate the architectural details of the Alhambra without distractions.
  • Photography Opportunities: The softer light and fewer crowds during the low season create ideal conditions to capture photos of Alhambra in a more relaxed setting.
Alhambra

Weekdays vs Weekends

Weekdays:

  • Less Crowded: Enjoy a more relaxed and peaceful experience, with shorter queues for tickets and entry to the various sections of the site.
  • Easier Ticket Availability: There is a better chance of securing tickets without the need for booking in advance. 
  • Ideal for Detailed Exploration: With fewer distractions and a calmer environment, weekdays are perfect to see the architectural details of the Alhambra.

Weekends:

  • Increased Crowds: Weekends typically see a surge in visitor numbers at the Alhambra, especially on Saturdays. 
  • Livelier Atmosphere: Enjoy the energy of fellow tourists, adding to the overall experience.
  • Social Events and Performances: Some weekends may feature special events, performances, or cultural activities around the Alhambra complex.

How long should i spend at Alhambra?

Alhambra

3-4 hours

To get a basic overview of the Alhambra, including the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife gardens, and Alcazaba fortress, plan to spend at least 3-4 hours. This allows enough time to visit the main highlights and take in the essential sights.

Alhambra

5-6 hours

For a more comprehensive experience, aim for around 5-6 hours. This allows you to explore the main attractions in more detail, wander through the gardens at a leisurely pace, and take a break for lunch or snacks within the complex.

Alhambra

8-10 hours

If you're a history enthusiast, architecture lover, consider spending a full day at Alhambra. With 8-10 hours or more, you can thoroughly explore every nook and cranny, and explore the intricate details of the architecture without feeling rushed.

Frequently asked questions about Alhambra opening hours

Do I need to book tickets in advance for the Alhambra?

It's highly recommended to book tickets in advance, especially during peak season and for night visits. Booking in advance ensures entry to the Alhambra and helps avoid long queues at the ticket office. Tickets can be purchased online.

What are the opening hours of the Alhambra?

The Alhambra is typically open to visitors every day of the week. During peak season, from late spring to early autumn, it's open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM, and during low season, from late autumn to early spring, it's open from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

What are the opening hours during peak season?

During peak season, from April 1 to October 14, the Alhambra is open every day, Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.

What are the opening hours during the low season?

In the low season, from October 15 to March 31, the Alhambra's opening hours are Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

Are there any days when the Alhambra is closed?

The Alhambra is closed on 25th December and 1st January.

Can I visit the Alhambra at night?

Yes. Night visits are available during peak season on Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 PM to 11:30 PM, and during low season on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Advanced booking is typically required for night visits.

Can I enter the Alhambra at any time with my ticket, or is there a specific entry time?

Tickets to the Alhambra are usually for a specific entry time for the Nasrid Palaces, which is the most popular section of the complex. Visitors must enter the Nasrid Palaces within the designated time slot indicated on their ticket. However, once inside the Alhambra complex, visitors can explore other areas at their leisure until closing time.

When is the weather most comfortable for visiting the Alhambra?

The weather is typically most comfortable during the spring and fall months. In spring (April to June) and fall (September to October), temperatures are mild, and there's less chance of extreme heat or cold, making it ideal for exploring the Alhambra's outdoor areas.

Is there a particular day of the week that's quieter at the Alhambra?

 Weekdays, especially Mondays and Wednesdays, generally see fewer visitors compared to weekends. If you prefer a quieter experience and shorter wait times, consider visiting the Alhambra on a weekday.