The Alhambra
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8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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The second most visited site in Europe: this breathtaking palace-city is a sophisticated blend of medieval Islamic, Renaissance Christian and modern architectural styles..
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Lee-on-the-Solent, UK28 contributions
Sep 2022
One of the places I always wanted to visit in Spain and it didn’t disappoint. Make sure you have passport with you as there are numerous checks. Pre booking tickets online well in advance is also preferable as the place gets very busy with long queues.
Do not miss Nasrid Palace as the entry is timed and arrive 20-30 minutes earlier than the allocated time on your ticket.
We spent all day in Alhambra, there are lots to see. I recommend to pay extra 6 euros for the audio guide as it makes the place much more vivid with the explanation.
Superb example of the Moorish culture and architecture, the jewel is undeniably The Palace of the Lions.
Lots of uneven surfaces and steep staircases in Alcazaba but you will be rewarded with the view over Granada from the top of the Tower.
Don’t miss the Alhambra museum, which is inside the Palace of Carlos V. It is free to enter.
The Partal gardens and Palace are steeped in history.
Generalife gardens are very peaceful and provide a wonderful photo opportunity of the Alhambra. Do climb to the top, it is worth it.
Written September 24, 2022
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Petersfield47 contributions
Sep 2022
Turned up at gate. Didn’t even have to queue, though we were early at 9am. We paid 28 euros for two people on a General Ticket to see everything. The rest of our group of 12 people had all pre booked months ago paying 80 euros per couple and the only thing they had extra was an earpiece and mobile device to listen to. Think they were a bit peeved…
We queued 10 mins for the palaces because they didn’t let us in until the exact time.
No queues for anything else although I think getting there very early helped. As the time wore on, the place was getting crowded so I’m not surprised people were queuing. My husband HATES trooping round old buildings but we were there 3 hrs and he had to admit it was interesting.
By the way, we saw no end of tour groups being taken round and everyone looked bored…
Written September 16, 2022
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Cowes, UK296 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I pre-booked my tickets through the official web site over a month in advanced. The Palacios Nazaries has to be a pre-booked time slot. I visited at 9:30am, which was perfect. I would recommend early morning then you are free to do the GENERALIFE/Alcazaba at your leisure without worrying about your ticket time and it gets very busy, you will have to queue regardless and have your passport/ID ready throughout the park. I was able to park at the first car park as I had got there so early, you pay by a machine near the car park on the way out. After the beautiful palace it naturally lead me into the gardens. I would compare this place to the Alcázar at Seville, they are very similar in style but both equally fabulous non the less. I then had to queue a little while to get into the Alcazaba - wonderful views from the top. I spent about 4 hours in all. Did around 10,000 steps so bring your trainers. Flowers were starting to really bloom and the smell of the orange blossom was to die for. I'd recommend you take some snacks and water although you can get some food and drink throughout the park. Enjoy it all and be patient, take it all in.
Written May 3, 2022
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Prestatyn, UK166 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
A must see must do visit when in Granada booked tickets online before visiting Granada printed tickets and took passport as proof of ID ( tried showing photocopy but they insist on original photo I’d used when booking tickets. Took taxi from city centre upto main entrance for €5, there is a couple buses that go upto the Alhambra, the C30 goes from town centre and is €1.40. It is possible to rent an audio guide at the entrance €6 but definitely worth it use the posted numbers around the director listed to specific audio. We had a 10am ticket for Nastid palaces, arrive in good time you will be queuing whilst your groups get ahead which sadly means you follow a crowd of few hundred people through the one way system preventing clear access and view of what is a stunning site spoiler by poor crowd control/ management by management. To be honest it appears the guided tours turn up to see the Nasrid Palaces crowd everyone out then disappear afterwards as the rest of the Alhambra is relatively deserted. We took a sandwich and fruit with us as previous reviews suggest little or no opportunity to buy food/drink etc there are in fact shops and kiosks situated prior to the entrance to Nasrid palace which are reasonably priced and accessible before or afterwards as apart from Nasrid, the rest of the site is not one way. Book ahead of visit via official website, we paid €14 for full site access plus Nasrid Palaces with another €6 for audio guide , much much cheaper than the group tours, and unless your planning on having Alhambra as your mastermind specialist subject, much better value. Afterwards we walked down to The old town (Albacin) and got the bus up to the top, st Nicholas square, where there was a hippy/artisan flea market, a splendid smell of herbal contraband and some over priced restaurants that won’t serve you a drink unless you order food!! To be honest a day time visit isn’t worth it come back in the evening to catch the sunset and Alhambra being lit up… but get the bus/taxi it’s a hike that Edmund Hillary would have struggled with, again the bus is€1.40 and I think it’s the C31/32
Written April 16, 2022
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David D
Devon, UK18,582 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Wednesday 11th May and we visited this most amazing place, which was deservedly awarded World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

We parked up at the spacious car park area and made our way to the entrance and the ticket office. On arrival there it was rather chaotic and nobody really knew what to do.

Eventually it became clear and there were two queues, one for visitors with a booking and another for those that did not have one. The booking was made in respect of the Palacio Nazaries (reviewed separately) which is considered to be the jewel in the crown of the Alhambra.

Be aware that some visitors booked their appointments online, turned up expecting to go straight to the Palace. However due to the fiasco at the ticket office and a lengthy wait they missed their slot. We got there around 11.45 and we queued for about 25 minutes and we were give an entrance time of 15.00, plenty of time to see the other sights. The entrance fee was €14 each.

There were so many sections of the amazing Palace to visit, we started with the enchanting gardens in Generalife (reviewed separately).

We visited the Mirador de San Nicholas with it's superb views of the City and the Alhambra.

The list of places to visit was rather extensive and included the impressive Torre de Vela, the magnificent Palace Carlos V and Museum Alhambra (all reviewed separately).

Other features that we visited were the Jardine de los Adarves, Patio de Lindaraja, Patio de la Reja, Patio de la Sultana and so much more.

Definite favourite place was the Patio de los Leones.

The rules here are strict, we saw people having to throw their ice creams on the bin entering into one of the sections of the grounds. Our tickets were scanned on numerous occasions entering different areas within the Alhambra.

While walking around and from various we got views of the snow capped Sierra Nevada.

Yes it was not the best experience getting in to the Alhambra, that was soon forgotten once we started walking around and enjoying the amazing place.

We did not have a guided tour we made our own way around, rather easy lots of signs and noticeboards to guide visitors.
Written September 6, 2022
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Martha A
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Family
Didn’t have the chance to visit inside.
My advice is to BUY your tickets at least 2 weeks ahead!!!

We didn’t and we were not able to get tickets; the tickets were sold out on the Alhambra official site up to 2 weeks ahead.

Desperate I Bought a tour that we found on this website (expensive ($40 Euros) having in mind that the entrance is only $10 on the site’s website) the tour was scheduled two days after we bought it, but we received a text message ( in Spanish ) the day after buying it, saying that there system made a mistake and we didn’t really have a reservation 😳☹️☹️. They didn’t reply anything else to me when I asked them if they have anything else available (very disappointing) although they refunded us the money; the agency name is Play Granada.

There is an area where there is few structures that you can see and enjoy the view of the city. Granada is still beautiful and a pleasure to visit.
Written October 27, 2022
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Steve K
Edinburgh, UK249 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Struggled to understand how this attraction works and reading the reviews confused me further. I will try and make easier for those visiting this summer.

1. Walking to the entrance from the Plaza Nueva (centre of town) takes about 30m and is a mainly shaded walk. It is a very pleasant walk but is up hill. You get a choice of taking the left or right side path which are either side of the road. The right is less steep we went that way, also a little more direct.

2. There are buses in Plaza Nueva that cost 1.40 Euro and take you up the hill, we would have done this but didn’t have the change.

3. Queues to enter the complex were only 5m at 1200 on a Monday when we arrived. You need passports to get in main entrance, they link them to your online purchase so this was straight forward, get your passport numbers correct on the online ticket booking and you’ll fly straight in , they will scan your passports.

4. The ticket time you get when you book online is for entrance to the Nasrid palaces inside the Alhambra only. You can enter everything else at any time on the day of your ticket.

5. When queuing for the Nasrid palace (not main entrance) you can jump the queue if the staff are asking if you arrive near to or after your ticket time. There is a separate queue to enter the palace never saw it more than 15m in length again around 1215 thru 1430.

6. The Nasrid place entrance is a 10m walk from the main entrance just follow the signs

7. We only had passports checked at main entrance, rest of it was just our tickets for the Alcazaba.

8. There are lots of shaded places to sit down, this was very well catered for everywhere.

9. There is lots of places to buy cold drinks and ice creams on the attraction grounds. I had read there was little: this is wrong. They are not expensive either 1.80 Euro for a 500ml soft drink.

10. You can exit the attraction near the palace entrance and don’t have to walk all the way back to the main entrance, just ask the staff and they’ll explain where to go, it isn’t that clear. It’s only 10m back into town this way!

11. We didn’t do audio guides just used Wikipedia which was good enough for us. Most people seemed to have audio guides.

12. We spent 2.5 hours just doing the main palaces part and not the general life bit. Our cynical teenagers liked the palace but didn’t bother with much else. They still enjoyed.

13. All staff we spoke to were really helpful and polite, I has seen lots of comments to contrary but not our experience. Tickets for 4 on my phone wasn’t a problem either just flicked through and they scanned each one…very easy.

What did I think of the attraction?? The palace was amazing the different rooms where constant wows! This was great the rest was decent but similar to Seville palaces and cordoba attractions.
Written July 11, 2022
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The Hague, The Netherlands351 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The Alhambra is wonderful. The palaces the churches the gardens are all excellent. But some advice to start. Book your ticket online as it gets very busy, if you want to go to Nasrid Palace this will have to be booked at a specific time - you can enter the gardens and surrounds at ANYTIME but you must adhere to the entry time for the Nasrid Palace which will be selected on your ticket. Mr H and I saw many people being turned away because they thought the time referred to entry to the entire site. You will queue for Nasrid Palace even though you have an allotted time so be aware that you need to join the queue approx 10 mins before your start time. There are lots of steps and uneven paths so not somewhere to go if you have any mobility issues. You do have to bring ID with you and you will be asked for this at entry to each site. Masks are mandatory inside but not outside although as it’s so busy you may feel more comfortable wearing it outside as well
Written October 16, 2021
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Bruce M
Sydney, Australia857 contributions
Sep 2022
The complex gives a detailed view into how the Moorish Emirs who ruled Spain centuries ago lived and ruled their region. Marvellously preserved preserved complex of buildings, gardens and water features make this a must visit attraction in Spain.
Whilst it’s a huge complex, crowds naturally build up and we noticed as the day wore on the numbers of visitors increased markedly. Nazrid Palace entry is by separate ticket which can be purchased at the same time as the general ticket. While our slot was 11am, it was still crowded so getting the earliest ticket would avoid some of the crowds.
Generalife along the upper ridge was perhaps our favourite part of the complex with the varied gardens, extensive water features and buildings

Plan to spend at least a full half day, or perhaps more as there is much to see
Written September 18, 2022
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Stoke, UK34 contributions
Sep 2022
Simply stunning. Whilst there are multiple ticket combinations for the different parts of the palace (Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Charles V Palace and the Alcazaba) I'd strongly recommend getting the all in ticket as all parts are very different and very worthwhile seeing. I'd suggest the audioguide is a must as there is very little information other than that given via the guides (which include videos and photos of many of the points of interest). Including the guide, price was 20€ each which given seeing the whole site took us 6 hours is incredible value. Can be done in a lot less but why rush such a unique experience?
Written September 21, 2022
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