The Alhambra
The Alhambra
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8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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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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  • Beatriz Doll
    Texas171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing time!!
    I bought my tickets in advance. I took my family there, 2 adults, 2 young adults, and my teenager. I follow all the rules and I was aware to bring the passports with me, Spaniards are very clear with their rules. We have a fantastic time, but when we move to another location they have to scan your passport. When you go with a group or guided tour it slows you down, I'm glad I didn't book with a guided tour. They have audio-guided tours. We spend 2 hours admiring Alhambra it was beautiful and perfect. The personnel were very friendly. On Mondays, the museum is closed. You will see lots of cats, practice your Spanish and they will come to you. Parking was easy to get there, we scheduled our visit on a Monday at 8:30 am, perfect for us, not a lot of people. When we were leaving a lot of people show up and a lot of school field trips. We visit on May 28, 2023. The best $80 dlls of my life was spent in Granada 🇪🇸, with a family of 5. Buy your tickets in advance. We stayed in Malaga, going to Granda is a day trip, we left at 6:30 am. Granada is magical.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 13, 2023
  • TravelFam
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alhambra - Self guided tour
    Traveling family with pre-teen and teen. We opted to do a self guided tour. A lot of walking and climbing stairs. Although I thought I would do more steps, most if the time was spent on stopping and taking photos. The design layout was perfect as shaded areas are plentiful and offer a cool breeze with an aroma of citrus and sweet smelling flowers. We found that 1 day was not enough time to tour the Alhambra. Plan accordingly! Would recommend splitting the entire heritage site between 2 days especially if you are visiting during the hot summer days!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Jen
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soooo many people
    The craftmanship and history of this place are incredible, but it is difficult to truly enjoy it with the number of people around. They cap the tickets sales at 8,000/day. That's still a whole lot of people for a relatively small area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • aavct90
    Simsbury, Connecticut272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    This has been on my bucket list since I was a kid and it did not disappoint. The incredible architecture and history made my jaw drop. It is beautiful and I won’t drone on and on simply because my words can’t do it justice. It is like Spain’s Taj Mahal - this is a must do for everyone in their lifetime. I do want to give a callout to anyone who has trouble walking/lives with disabilities - remember that this is located on the top of a hill with a grade of 6-23%. You may want to inquire with staff about accommodation if needed. Also, there are small carts/cafes with coffee and heladerias/sandwiches if needed
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Silk_Zither
    Wellington, New Zealand87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic piece of artwork!
    A few tips for travellers: 1. definitely book for the nazrid palace, generalife is also a must see. Purchase a Granada Pass. 2. Driver licence is fine, thats what i used. I hate carrying passports around. When I went in, they specifically said in english "your ID or passport". Due to the amount of people at the line, they merely glanced at each persons id. There were only a few places on the Granada Pass i visited where they bothered checking the name on my id to make sure it matches my Granada Pass. 3. The electronic barcode on your phone sent through email is what they will scan, no need to bring printouts. All the tickets I bought when traveling around Andalucia were from my phone and they scanned all my tickets through my phone. 3. There is no time limit to how long you visit each of the courtyards in the nazrid palace complex, but once you enter the next courtyard, you cannot go back, as guards keep an eye on the flow of people. I spent over an hour here. 4. If you plan to go to Cordoba before this, I recommend visiting Torre De Calahorra, the old fort tower at end of the roman bridge. They have a model of the Nazrid Palace with each of the courtyards nicely modelled. I took a video of the model and it helped greatly while navigating where I am when visiting the nazrid palace complex. This is really useful if you want to study the architectural spaces/volumes. I travelled around Andalucia and Morocco; the Alhambra is one of the very few intact examples of moorish architecture preserved to this day without defects.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia870 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Organise Properly
    Stunning experience equivalent to other world famous sites. If you are driving, there are lots of paid parking spots on the grounds. Expect to pay around 10 euro. I would advise to book tickets in advance and rent an audio guide at the entrance. If you book from anywhere else you are faced with a 600 metre uphill walk and/or a bus ride to pick up and return your audio guide. I would also advise to do Alhambra first especially on a hot day in order to preserve your energy. Afterwards you can visit the other parts which are a bonus. It can be a long tiring day if poorly organised but it is worth it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Johnny Troutmonger
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A breathtaking experience like no other
    WOW! Two words - fabu loso! They should name this place Alhaveta because I’ll have to go again! In case you’re not in the loop, this place is the ABSOLUTE pinnacle OF Moorish architecture IN Spain, IF not EVER! It’s absolutely stunning, the dedication and craftsmanship of the centuries old stonework is a marvel to behold. Please sir, may I have some Moor! Oh no… why did I say that… it’s just reminded me of the Oliver Twist bar in Zagreb (Croatia). The waiter who served us there was mean, sheen and full of beans (he was bald hence the sheen and fat hence the beans). This evil individual was absolutely horrible and for that reason I will never visit Oliver Twist bar in Zagreb!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Travelling Almonds
    Istanbul, Türkiye18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immaculate Experience
    I was not sure why all the reviews suggested Alhambra as a must see before going there. Being a person not easily moved by historical places, I was speechless! No photo would be enough to explain the mesmerizing architecture, attention paid to details and devotion / love sprinting from this immaculate palace. We have welcomed and embraced the mono-color serenity of Alhambra's interior designs, together with its Zen style mixture of water, green and marble, especially after all the gold, glitter and ostentatious decorations of cathedral and churches. Do not come back without seeing it!
    Visited April 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Architectural Jewel
    Alhambra is a compound series of 14th century palaces, buildings and gardens standing on a fortified hilltop at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, Sierra Nevada. The abundance of water from the Rio Darro provides the lush landscape additionally enabling the decorative fountains all around the grounds. Visits are via bookings only, generally within two days of the booking. A visit after dark provides the sunset to illuminate the honey colored walls to a warm glow. Unmissable. See also the gardens of Generalife.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • pinkkkey555
    Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning !
    Truly stunning gardens and buildings. Loads of parking - well organised. Not really able to describe how beautiful this place is - probably one of the best castles and attractions in Europe. Just magnificent!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
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John J
Kolding, Denmark138 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I had seen many fantastic pictures of the Alhambra, I know the history behind it and I looked forward to seeing it. Big disappointment, and the pictures must have been from somewhere else, made at night with artificial professional lighting or Photoshopped.
Don't got there if you have problems walking, there are no handicap p-places and you may have to walk half a mile just to get at the entrance. Wheelchair ? Forget it altogether.Even booking and buying in advance wont't get you a ticket, it gives you a voucher which has to be changed for at ticket at arrival. At the ticket office you ar met with a rope, which is opened by two guards when you show your voucher and passport. The queuing system is ridiculous, they create queus and congestion, and I'd recommend they hire someone who at least once browsed through a leaflet from a logistics education to improve it. There are oceans of room for improvement.
Historical information is very limited once inside, our garden looks better, and as mentioned they create crowds. It also beats me why they consequently use the word "Moorish", when the correct is "Islamic".
The coffee shop outside to the right of the entrance? Forget it, expensive is not the correct word, the correct word has seven letters and begins with R.
Written January 29, 2020
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ELIZABETH C
Scarborough, UK14 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Friends
Drove two hours to visit, particularly wanted to see the gardens. Our group of six was denied entry to the ticket counter because two of us did not have photo ID. We were not told the reason for this rule but that we should have checked the website first. We didn’t visit the website because three of us had visited before and recommended it to the rest of us. We argued that there should be notices of this new rule at the entrance so that we could have avoided the car parking charges. So we left and we weren’t the only ones disappointed. They must have lost some money that day and probably do every day.
Checked with our holiday rep the next day and was told that you have to book the tickets online because of people selling them on at a profit and to collect them you need photo ID because the ticket has your name on it.
What a crazy system! We were treated like terrorists when all we wanted to do was walk around the gardens. These people don’t deserve our money and I certainly wouldn’t go back and I definitely would not recommend this tourist attraction to other tourists!!
Written March 16, 2020
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Davidgoodkarma
McAllen, TX391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Truly mesmerizing beauty! This is a must see for anyone traveling to southern Spain. The remarkably well maintained and restored Fortress and Palaces are just stunning to see. The impressive moorish architecture can really be appreciated while touring the grounds. Keep in mind limited entrances are given to tourists to advance online ticket purchase is a must even during winter and they sell out days prior even in winter since the weather is spectacular in the low 70s at day and mid 50s at night. Steep climb up from city center, shuttle available but walking is very pleasant in winter. Summer is probably very crowded and hot! Once inside you can roam freely for as long as you wish but you must be on time for your selected entrance ticketed time or you forfeit your entrance.
Written January 6, 2020
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Bruno1207
Prestatyn, UK231 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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JoJ
London, UK1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Granada’s Alhambra is a vast piece of history and an absolute must see. We visited during the coronavirus pandemic and it was quiet, no need to book tickets in advance. We walked up and got them straight away, you can buy from a ticket office or machine but only one person from the group is able to do this and they must have all ID documents as you have to enter your passport numbers and expiry dates. You have to book a time to enter the Nasrid palace, I suggest an hour after arrival so you can explore the north part, there are breathtaking views of the buildings and Granada from the gardens. We didn’t have a guide as we prefer to explore on our own. Audio guides were not available when we visited. I suggested taking a guide or at least your guide book, as there isn’t much signage of the history. This isn’t a religious site so there isn’t a dress code. In August there were lots of people in short shorts as it was very hot.

You do need a good few hours to see this properly. Make sure you take water and wear comfortable footwear. You need to be relatively fit if you wanna plan on walking the whole site and climbing the stairs. We spent around 4 hours inside. and your passport as they get checked at every point of the tour.

There are toilets and there are places to buy snacks though the gift shops close during siesta. We enjoyed a beer overlooking the Granada scenery.

Getting to/from Alhambra - there is a big car park and a bus from central Granada if you are based there. We stayed at Eurostar’s Washington Irving which was a great hotel and right next to the Alhambra. Highly recommended.
Written August 5, 2020
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Sue M
Frome, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Definitely a palace to visit, good value for money and worth the hassle of the cumbersome ticket purchase process.
In the UK I looked at the official website to buy tickets and found that tickets for the 4 weeks of late Feb/March were sold out. Once in Spain, I looked again and found that tickets get released for the next couple of days at a time.
The website insists that if bought online, you must print the ticket yourself on paper and take it with you. No, this is not correct. I bought tickets online through the official website, chose a specific entry time, entered the passport details of each visitor (mandatory input) and paid online.
At the Alhambra, there is very little signage, so ask to be directed to a queue, and then be allowed to move on to the ticket office where you show your passport again and ticket purchase email, at which point they give you paper tickets. You cannot get into the Alhambra Palace by showing your email ticket, they insist upon a paper ticket.
Once inside, the palace interior and outside gardens are amazing. So, understand the ticket process, give yourself at least an hour before your chosen entry time to go through the ticket process and have a wonderful experience.
Written February 29, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was an absolute highlight of our trip to Spain. We spent most of the day here and left with sensory overload. It’s the most beautiful complex – a collection of Moorish palaces, hidden alcoves, gardens, fountains, waterways and the Alcazaba fortress. Just stunning.

TICKETS:
At the time we were planning our trip, I was unsure what to expect and the Alhambra tickets were a little confusing. In hindsight, the following things would have been helpful to know:

* Book online in advance because tickets and time slots sell out.
* Go through the official site so you don't pay middle-man fees.
* There are a number of different types of tickets but most people want the General Entrance ticket which gives you access to all the areas. This ticket should cost €14.85 pp (includes tax and booking fee)
* Entry to the Nasrid Palaces is done by time slot, which you choose when you book your ticket. However, this is the only area with timed entry. The Alcazabar, Generalife, Charles V Palace and museums are not timed. We did the Nasrid Palaces first. This worked really well. Booking an early time slot allows you to take as much time as you like inside the palaces. Everything else, you can see afterwards at your leisure, without the pressure of having to watch the clock.
* Do not miss your time slot. I can’t emphasise this enough. We met people on the day who had been late and they simply missed out. Be in the line at least 15 min before your entry time. From the main entry gate, you still have to make your way to the palace entrance where the line starts, next to Charles V Palace.
* No backpacks allowed into the Nasrid palaces so if you are bringing one, you’ll have to allow time to get to the locker rooms before lining up.
* You are told to bring a printed out copy of your online ticket (one copy for each person) and to bring ID (make sure it's the one you used to book your tickets). No-one checked our ID on the day but we did have to keep our tickets handy because we needed to show it more than once
* Some areas are free so if you miss out on a ticket, it is still worth going. However most of what you want to see (the Nasrid Palaces), will require a ticket.
* The museums are closed on Mondays

GETTING THERE: We walked from Plaza Nueva through the Alhambra forests. It was a lovely uphill walk that took about 15-20 min. The climb is steep but steady and brings you up to the Justice Gate, where you can enter the Alhambra complex. If you don’t already have a ticket, then you are better off going to the main gate instead.
Written January 12, 2021
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Keithiow
Isle of Wight, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife booked the trip and I have to say I was not sure about going. How wrong was I! This place is amazing. Each palace has its own charm and character and are beautifully preserved and kept. We booked a guided tour and chose a small group which consisted of 12 people so was very nice and personal. Manuel was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The tour last approximately three and a half hours with a break half way round. This is an amazing place to visit. Best time to go is between November and February as the crowds are not too large. If you are in this part of Spain then this is a MUST visit. You will not be disappointed. Best place to stay is the Alhambra Palace Hotel which is a few minuets walk to the entrance to the palace.
Written February 8, 2020
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Ross B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a must see for anyone visiting Granada. They limit ticket sales each day so you must buy in advance. We booked a guided tour that included the tickets. The tour provided great information and history. We were able to walk around after the tour and visit to onsite museum.
Written March 16, 2020
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JulieK58
Newark-on-Trent, UK156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Beautiful place with great views over Granada. Keep checking the official website for tickets - none were available initially, but we managed to get some a couple of weeks before our trip, much cheaper than a guided tour and you can move around at your own pace. Note that the timed entry is for the Nazrid palaces, not the main entry point - allow at least 30 mins to walk from entry pavilion to palaces. It wasn’t too crowded although tickets were sold out on the day of our visit. I downloaded an audio guide from the official website to my phone, but this didn’t work at all well - it would not play in the background, if I wanted to take a photo or lock my phone it stopped playing!! Disappointing, so if visiting again I would hire an audio guide, although this means having to carry around another item. Not many places to buy food and drinks so best to take some with you.
Written March 12, 2020
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