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Traveling to Andalucía is getting to know the essence of Spain. White villages in the mountains, idyllic cities, impressive monuments and a diversity in this great community, which makes tourists stay, at least 1 week, discovering and “savoring” the cities.





Give him alms, woman, there’s nothing in life like the pain of being blind in Granada


One of the main monuments, visited by countless travelers, is the Alhambra de Granada. With its gardens and palaces, the complex is one of the wonders of the world and lives up to its name. Visitors are amazed to visit the gardens, appreciate the architecture and breathe an environment that goes back centuries of history.


Plan your visit to Alhambra de Granada well in advance. The entrance of visitors has a limited number daily, so the monuments are very busy and tickets can be sold up to 3 months in advance.



But what is the Alhambra in Granada anyway? And why is it one of the Wonders of the World?

The Alhambra de Granada is a Fortress with Palaces and several buildings that form a complex rich in Islamic art.

After all, there is no palace or building in the world with excellent preservation like the Alhambra in Granada. When visiting it you will notice the most famous elements of Islamic architecture during the Muslim Kingdom in the Iberian peninsula.

Within the grounds of the Alhambra is the Palace of Charles V, a palace built by Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire in 1527.


Together with its neighbors Generalife (a villa that includes extensive gardens and vegetable gardens) and the neighborhood of Albaicín, it is the site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list “Alhambra, Generalife and Albaicín, Granada”,  it has been classified as a World Heritage Site since 1984

The official guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife includes:

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    is the most prominent part of the Alhambra, seat of the court of the Nasrid sultans.
    Used by Muslim kings as a place of rest and crops.
    Residential area for the elite garrison that guarded the Alhambra.
    Our official guides will tell you the history of each corner of the Nasrid palace.

Visit Tour Alhambra de Granada

There are several types of entry:

It is important that you understand the difference between the different types so that you don’t buy the wrong one.

The types of ticket are:

  • Alhambra General
  • Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba
  • Night visit to Nasrid Palaces
  • Night visit to Generalife
  • Alhambra Experiences

Alhambra General

Full day ticket for the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces) and the Alcazaba (military residential area and towers)


This is the normal type of ticket to buy if you want to visit the ornate indoor palaces and all parts of the Alhambra during the day.

Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba

Day ticket for the Alhambra, the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces) and the Alcazaba (military residential area and towers). This ticket DOES NOT include entry to the Nasrid Palaces.

Night visit to the Nasrid Palaces

Night ticket for the Nasrid Palaces

Night visit to Generalife

Night ticket for the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces)

Alhambra Experiencias

Evening ticket for the Nasrid Palaces (Palacios Nazaríes) and next-day ticket for the Alhambra, the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces) and the Alcazaba (military residential area and towers)


Important to know before booking an entrance to the Alhambra de Granada





If there are no tickets available on the online calendar, you should check if it is possible to book a guided tour:

How long does it take to tour the Alhambra in Granada?


approximately 2.5 hours

Recommended Itinerary for visiting the Alhambra. The recommended tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and has a length of 3.5 km. The order of visiting the different parts of the monument has to be carried out according to the time slot shown on the ticket to access the Nasrid Palaces.

Where to buy tickets to the Alhambra?

Tickets to visit the Alhambra are for sale online, on the website of the Board of the Alhambra in Granada.

How to buy your ticket to the Alhambra in Granada

You can access here and buy your ticket, but if you want a guided tour, we provide you with our link that will take you directly to our offer.

How much does admission to see the Alhambra cost?

The entry price varies depending on the options you choose. From 14 euros, then there are tickets with partial visits from 5 euros. But if you want to visit the Alhambra with an official guide, the price per person is 39.90 euros.

What do you see with the general entrance to the Alhambra?

Full day ticket for the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife (gardens and summer palaces) and the Alcazaba (military residential area and towers)

What is the best time to visit the Alhambra?What is the best time to visit the Alhambra?

The best time to visit the Alhambra is usually the first hour, when it opens, and in the afternoon in the months when its closing time is delayed. When it opens, there are usually not so many crowds,

where is the parking near the Alhambra?

The parking is right at the entrance of the main door, it is very spacious and with many places, so you would not have difficulty in parking. But we also recommend arriving well in advance.
The price of parking is a bit expensive, but it is the only place near the Alhambra to park your car.

What can you see for free at the Alhambra?


You can explore the surroundings with the Alhambra Open Air Tour, this guided tour includes free areas of the Alhambra. It is the cheapest option, but does not include the palaces and the Generalife.

If you want to know the main areas: Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba and Generalife you can choose a Guided Tour of the Alhambra.

In addition to the visit of the Alhambra, what other places are worth visiting in the city of Granada?

The entrance is complete with the Nazari Palace which is the jewel of the Alhambra. And the city of Granada also has other places of tourist interest:

Flamenco Show

Enjoy a flamenco show in Granada:
One of the most important cradles of Andalusian flamenco is without a doubt Granada. The epicenter of flamenco in the city is the Sacromonte neighborhood, where every night the cave-shaped taverns are filled with flamenco platforms. In addition, in this neighborhood you can find several Spanish guitar (acoustic) courses, a fundamental element of flamenco.

If you want to enjoy this art in its pure state, you can see a flamenco show in the Albaicín in the unique setting of the Zoraya Gardens. If you prefer to enjoy a grenadine zambra, we recommend seeing a flamenco show in Cuevas Los Tarantos, in the heart of Sacromonte. You can also enjoy a flamenco show at the La Soleá stage, in the heart of Granada’s bullring.


Albaicín (Albayzín or El Albaicín) is the medieval Moorish quarter of Granada founded during Islamic rule, even before the dynasty of the powerful Nasrids. Located at the top of a hill adjacent and opposite the Alhambra, it was able to house, during its peak, 60 thousand inhabitants and 26 mosques.

It owes its name to the Arabic word “bayyasin”, meaning inhabitants of Baeza, in northern Andalusia, who moved en masse to Granada, but outside the walls, after surrender to Christian troops.

The neighborhood, very well maintained and deservedly a UNESCO heritage site, is a true bijoux in Arab style. Even today the labyrinth of narrow streets, white houses, landscaped courtyards and decorative fountains remain intact. All harmoniously mixed with traces of Christian architecture.

One of the peculiarities of Albaicín are the so-called Cármenes, walled Moorish manors that hide wonderful courtyards, fountains and tiled walls.

The most wanted viewpoint of San Nicolás is located in the neighborhood, which offers a spectacular view of the towers and walls of the Alhambra, especially during sunset.

Finally, the Albaicín neighborhood is the perfect accompaniment to the Alhambra.


The Royal Chapel of Granada is so important that
the Catholic Kings of Spain chose the city of Granada to be buried. The chapel was built between 1505 and 1517 in Gothic style, and was originally dedicated to São João Batista and São João Evangelista. In the Royal Chapel are other burials, in addition to Kings Isabel I of Castile and Fernando II of Aragon, such as the sarcophagus of the infant Miguel de la Paz of Portugal, who was the grandson of the kings. There is also a museum, built in 1913 and dedicated to kings, with paintings, paintings to an example by Sandro Botticelli.

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With a square plan, with a circular patio, its facade is totally Renaissance. Built in 1527, the first body has a Tuscan style with beehive, while the second has elements of Baroque decoration. Above the main door, two winged statues of women reclining on the pediment. Above, three medallions framed in green marble. very premature for its characteristics, which fit it within Mannerism: Doric columns on the first floor, Ionic columns on the second and a frieze with bull heads (bucrânios) of Greco-Roman tradition. In some respects, he repeats or anticipates certain architectural solutions of Mannerism in Italy, which can be explained by Machuca’s stay in that country and his ability to develop certain characteristics of the incipient Mannerist style with his own imagination.

On the sides, scenes from Hercules. The iron rings on the bottom are pure decoration.

Alhambra Tour

It was an experience like no other in the Alhambra tour. It was like going live in a history book. The experience of the company Almanatour, who accompanied us from Brazil, through messages and also when we arrived in Seville and then Granada, always in contact to avoid any unforeseen events. company for professionalism and competence, for children, relatives and friends.

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One of the most emblematic places in Spain. Located in the city of Granada, in the province of Andalucía, the Alhambra is a palace built by the Nazarites, most of the complex was built, mainly, between 1248 and 1354.
Carlos V Palace is one of the most outstanding works of the Renaissance in Spain. The palace stands out for its main façade and its circular courtyard with columns following the Roman style. Emperor Charles V decided to build this palace near the Alhambra for his own leisure and that of his family.

Palace of the Lion

This palace, built in 1377 by Muhammad V, son of Iúçufe I, has a square plan and is surrounded by a slender gallery with 124 columns of white marble from Almería. All around, the alcoves, private rooms of the sultan and his wives with open high floors, lack of windows with views to the outside, but with an interior garden according to the Muslim idea of ​​paradise.

What today is land in the courtyard, was a garden. From the rooms come four streams that flow into the center: the four rivers of paradise.

The columns are joined with perforated cloths that let the light through. Very thin cylindrical shafts, rings on the upper part, cubic capitals on which inscriptions run. The gray lead plates convert the horizontal impulses into vertical impulses.

The two small temples that advance on the opposite sides of the courtyard are like a reminder of the Bedouin’s tent. These structures have a square plan and are decorated with wooden domes that rest on Mozarabic plumes. The eave is a work of the 19th century. The entire gallery is covered with interlocking formwork.

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Patio de la Reja

Patio de la Reja
Called de la Reja because of the corridor of ironwork that occupies the upper part of the south face, it was made between 1654 and 1655 to protect the immediate rooms and serve as an open corridor between them.
In the center of the patio there is a small fountain with a repurposed white marble cup, which completes the look, both unique and traditional, of this curious space.
On the western front of the patio there is a wide opening through which you can see the impressive basement of the Sala de la Barca, known since the 17th century as the Sala de las Ninfas after some female statues that were kept there.


At its entrance, with a triple bend, the vault of large muqarnas painted imitating red bricks with white sores stands out. In this tower, the central courtyard, with a polygonal marble fountain, distributes the main rooms around it, the most important at the back, which is accessed through the traditional arch framed with studs on the jambs.
The courtyard, originally with a lantern and muqarnas cupola, is today covered with a modern wooden ceiling. The rooms on the upper floor open to him through mullioned windows.
Although the Torre de las Infantas is conceptually similar to the Torre de la Cautiva, the writers who have dealt with it agree that its decoration generally expresses a moment of decadence that would coincide with the change from the 14th to the 15th century, specifically the time of Sultan Muhammad VII (1392-1408).
This tower is the scene of the famous legend of the three princesses, Zaida, Zorayda and Zorahaida, collected by Washington Irving in his famous Tales of the Alhambra, whose reading is perfect for understanding a romantic Alhambra, perhaps here like nowhere else in the enclosure .

Daraxa viewpoint.

Daraxa viewpoint.
Behind a proportionate arch of muqarnas appears one of the most beautiful and weighted elements of the Alhambra palaces: the Lindaraja viewpoint, a name adapted to the Spanish of al-‘Ayn Dar Aisa, the “eyes of the house of Aisa”, since in Nasrid times it was a watchtower open to the landscape, in front of which a low garden stretched out.
The threshold of the access arch has the most graceful tiling of the Alhambra due to its reduced size and execution; above them, the traditional tacas are replaced by two blind arches.
The interior facing of the viewpoint is a perfect summary of the proportional concept in Nasrid architectural decorative design that has led some authors to consider it the clearest exponent of a possible “Nasrid Baroque”.
Under a blind arch of muqarnas there is a polychrome plasterwork decoration, basically epigraphic, that frames a window with a double arch and mullion that, like the side windows, are located at very low points so that, sitting on the floor, you can see the scenery.
A false cover with crystals of various colors, a true documentary jewel, culminates the upper part of the room, probably the space with a more courtly character of the Palace of the Lions.

Yusuf III Palace

Yusuf III Palace.
Advancing along the narrow street that served to communicate the Alhambra palaces and leaving behind the complicated but beautiful configuration of the Partal Gardens, we find a narrow platform protected by a long handrail that runs along the base of the wall that encloses another of the palaces of the Alhambra: the Palace of Yusuf III (1408-1417).

The large elongated pool stands out, testimony to the central courtyard of a large building with a similar structure to the Comares Palace, whose side bays, destroyed, now occupy lush gardens.

At the head of the courtyard you can see the base of what was the main room of the Palace: a tower in front of which extended a porticoed gallery, open to the courtyard. Today, the building reduced to the expansion of the structural walls, it has been configured in a terrace that, as in the medieval period, has one of the most beautiful perspectives of the Alhambra.

Some remains that appeared in the excavation attributed the building to Yusuf III, although he was able to modify or redecorate the construction attributed to a much earlier sultan, Muhammad II (1273-1302).

Discovered in the archaeological campaign of the 1930s, it was documented as the Mondéjar or Tendilla Palace, ceded by the Catholic Monarchs to the first of them and, since then, the residence of the Alcaides or Governors of the Alhambra.

Felipe V stripped of the title in 1718 to such an outstanding family of politics and Spanish culture of the time, the building being demolished and most of its materials sold.

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