Nasrid Palaces
Nasrid Palaces
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  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,072 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Night time visit to picturesque palace
    The Nasrid Palaces are inside the Alhambra. The second part of the Alhambra tour started at 10PM for our group, with the Nasrid Palaces night visit ticket. The Nasrid Palaces is made up of several important palaces; the Mexuar, the Comares Palace, the Palace of the Lions, and the Partal Palace. We lined up outside, but once inside, it was the start of a very special experience being there at night. I was amazed at all the different palaces that we saw, and we were in there for the full 90 minutes until they closed the doors. It was lightly raining towards the end of the tour, so it forced tourists inside at times, and I got some fantastic photos of the palace patios with no one in them. I was the very last traveler to leave the palace before the staff closed the large wooden doors to end their work shift at 11:30PM.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous display of old Islamic architecture. Full of gardens and pools!
    The palace is a beautiful display of 13th century Islamic architecture and design. There are numerous arches, gardens, and pools along with amazing views. The Nasirid palaces are not to be missed and are a must on your tour of the Alhambra. I highly recommend visiting!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • WanderingSpriti
    Chicago, Illinois267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NOT TO BE MISSED!
    Wow is the word that comes to mind first! Nasrid palace is where the beauty of Alhambra shines IMO! The intricate carving , the imagery and the sheer grandeur of the palace just takes your breath away! It can also get a bit "too much" after a while - so pace yourself. The tours of Alahmbra need to have specific ticket for Nasrid palace and it is a timed entry. So when you book, make sure you ensure Nasrid Palace is included and specifically mentioned in the ticket. It is a lot of walking on incline so beware!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
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James Z
Nottingham, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Make sure to arrive early at the palace entrance (not the whole complex), we arrived 2 minutes late after getting lost and arriving 1 hour in advance at the park entrance and they didn’t let us in, went to customer service and they told us there was nothing we could do and they apologised and told us that if we arrived 4 minutes early we would’ve got in.
He advised us that we should have skipped the queue (we arrived a bit later because we were politely waiting in the queue). Very disappointed, not going to wait for queues anymore and apparently being loud and skipping queues is the thing to do in the future.
Written March 3, 2020
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Rita A
Paco de Arcos, Portugal992 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The Alhambra itself is free to wander around but the Nasrid Palaces and Alcazaba require tickets. They are available online 3 months before the day you want to visit. Don’t hesitate in purchasing one. Enter the site at the Justice Gate (puerta de la justicia). Bus #C32 will drop you off at this gate. Once you enter the open plaza and go past the restrooms, turn left and enter the lineup no more than 15 minutes before your designated time. Bring your I.D.or Passport as we were asked for our I.D.s upon entering a few of inside attractions.
Generalife" is unmissable and was appointed by UNESCO, in 1984, as World Heritage Site. How can you dare to miss it? Enjoy!
Written September 12, 2021
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
In 2017 we already visited Alhambra but weren't able to get a ticket for the Nasrid Palaces. Now, two years later on, we tried again, and it was nearly the second failure. When long months ago the planned holiday in Granada I wanted to buy the ticket to this desired place, the only availability was Nasrid Palaces Private Guided Tour with Tickets
Operator: Granada Tours a Pie. 110 euro per person. You can imagine my feelings. Since I'm writing this review, obviously I paid the 220 euros. We had a guide only for the two of us, and this ticket included the Alcazaba and the Generalife as well. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable, and told us interesting stories as well. It was a delightful 3 hours, but still, I would prefer something less fancy but for 20% of this money. The Nasrid Palaces were as extraordinary as I expected. Every minute more and more miracles were greeting us. The hall of the two sisters with its stunning ceiling, the Tower of the ladies with its reflecting pool, the Hall of the Kings (Sala de los Reyes) with its painted ceiling, there are so many uniquely beautiful places, and then I didn't even mention the Court of the Lions. Also when a water channel ran with small splashing water rays, in the middle of the yard and two colored flower beds on both sides. The Nasrid Palaces are offering so many pleasures to the eye, that at the end you feel, that you can't consume anymore.
Written August 22, 2020
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Amanda Freeman
Dublin, Ireland63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It is a most see if you are visiting Granada. The downside is there is no signage instructing you where to go when you arrive in the Alhambra and some of the staff have little understanding of English and even with my attempts to Spanish, my husband and I ended up walking around without a audio guide and didn't really know much about what we were seeing. So I would recommend visitors to go for a guided tour or read about it before visiting.
Written January 25, 2020
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I am, modestly, an experienced traveller, but I'm thinking that the "Palacios Nazaríes" (Nasrid Palaces) may be the most beautiful building I've ever seen. There is room after fountain after courtyard after garden of the most stunning and detailed Moorish architecture.

Book your tickets before on-line and respect your entrance time as only a limited number of people are allowed inside at once, something which has become even more important in COVID times. Also bring I.D., they photograph it, I assume in case of track & trace necessity.
Written September 5, 2020
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sandra n
Sun City, AZ1,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
For architectural lovers, the details of this Islamic artistry is so beautiful, it is simply exquisite. The details are to be savored nicely, up close is wonderful. The rooms are empty, which is not great, but the artistry makes up for that. That way, you are not distracted by anything else and can fully enjoy the best that is there. Definitely, the heart of Alhambra!
Written February 1, 2020
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Stu_L0nd0n
London, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
So glad we booked tickets well in advance of our trip .... and so glad we double checked at the entrance about when/where our tickets were valid to enter the Nasrid Palace part of the Alhambra as the initial explanation was a little misleading and would have meant we missed our slot. However, the palace was a truly magical place, full of such beautiful detail that was breathtaking. Unmissable!
Written March 15, 2020
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RamblinRoes
Media, PA218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is a lovely experience and it deserves all the praise it receives. Make sure you book your timed entry well in advance. Also recommend getting first entry of the day when it is at its most peaceful and you can really soak in the atmosphere. Be sure to arrive well ahead of your entry time at the correct gate and bring your passport as they check upon entry. Once you're inside you can spend as much time as you like before seeing the rest of the grounds.
Written April 3, 2023
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staledale
1,429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Purchase your ticket ahead of time, and bring your passport as we were asked for our passports upon entering a few of the inside attractions. We spent 6-6.5 hours total, and the walking was worth all the incredible views, architecture and history. Too much to describe; you simply have to experience it. Awesome!
Written February 22, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Nasrid palaces are the star attraction at the Alhambra complex. These are a series of connected palaces, courtyards, pools and gardens that were built by the Moors in the 13th and 14th centuries. There is so much to see when you visit the site that it can be overwhelming. You can spend hours here. We spent most of the day and left with sensory overload.

Entry to the Nasrid palaces is via timed slots, which you select when you book your ticket. Do not miss your time slot. I can’t emphasise that enough. We met a couple during the day who had been late for their slot and missed out altogether. None of the other areas (Generalife, Alcazabar etc) have timed entry so I’d recommend doing the Nasrid Palaces first. This allows you to take as much time as you like inside the palaces and then you can wander around everything else afterwards with no time constraints.

Inside is a labyrinth but you have to follow the one-way path through the complex, so this helps. The path takes you through the following route:

i) Enter through the Mexuar. This is the oldest but plainest section where the Sultan received members of the public, administered state affairs and handed out justice.
ii) Next you come to the Comares Palace, where the throne room was located. Visiting dignitaries were received here. The highlights are the Ambassadors’ Hall with its stunning celestial ceiling and the Courtyard of the Myrtles, a bright, open and serenely beautiful space with a long reflection pool running down the middle.

iii) Next is the Palace of the Lions, the private living area of the royal family. Highlights include the stunning central colonnaded courtyard and lion fountain and the stalactite domes of the Hall of the Abencerrajes and the Hall of Two Sisters
iv) From here you exit past the Baths and into the Partal Gardens

Throughout the palace, geometrically patterned, multi-coloured tiles (azulejos) capture the eye and the walls are covered in ivory coloured stucco plaster, carved with line after line of poetic Arabic inscriptions, quotes from the Koran, and praises to God. It really is as beautiful as it sounds and is unmissable.
Written January 12, 2021
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