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  • Address: Cuesta de Gomérez, Granada, Spain
  • Hours: Daily 8:30am–6pm (until 8pm Mar–Oct), open late Fri and Sat evenings. Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1
  • Admission: €12. Other areas of the complex have separate admission fees

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The Alhambra Tours

Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.

The Basics
The Alhambra is broken up into sections: the Generalife Gardens (a collection of courtyards, pools, and fountains); the Alcazaba (the remainders of a Moorish fortress); and the Nasrid Palace (the main palace complex). If visiting on your own, choose from four official ticket types that include access to various areas at different times. Or, opt for a guided tour or private tour to remove some guesswork and gain insights from a local tour guide. No matter how you visit, book early, as the number of daily visitors is limited and tours and tickets sell out fast.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Alhambra is incredibly popular, so be prepared to wait in line, even to pick up pre-booked tickets. Choosing a tour with skip-the-line entry will help maximize your time.
  • Visitors with disabilities should visit the Entrance Pavilion for information about accessibility. Wheelchairs are available.
  • The complex has four restrooms: in the Entrance Pavilion (near the ticket office), the Pavilion of Services, the Low Gardens, and the Sultana's Court.

How to Get to the Alhambra
Some visitors walk up to the Alhambra on one of the scenic routes from the city center. These paths are on a bit of an incline, but many believe the views are worth the slight workout. Those who would rather rest their legs can take a bus or taxi, or drive up independently (note that parking spaces are limited). Most guided Alhambra tours include round-trip transport from downtown Granada or from nearby cities such as Seville and Malaga.

When to Get There
The Alhambra is open year round, with varied hours based on the season and day of the week. Much of your visit will be outside, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. If you're visiting during the summer months, try to go at the earliest or latest available time slots to avoid the biggest crowds.

How to Choose Between a Night Visit and Day Visit to the Alhambra
The Alhambra is beautiful at all hours, so this is a matter of preference. Day tours are most common, but on a night tour, you get the unique experience of seeing the incredible site lit up against the dark sky. Visitors should note, however, that night tickets are separated between Nasrid Palace only or gardens only and cannot be combined. If you want to see both, choose a morning tour or afternoon tour.

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Alhambra Ticket with Audio Guide including Nasrid Palaces, Granada, null
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Alhambra Ticket with Audio Guide including Nasrid Palaces

Skip the line ticket to Spain’s most-visited monument. Explore the Alhambra and the Nasrid time. Be amazed by the history and art of this palatial city. Entry ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.81
Granada Day Trip from Seville with Skip-the-line Alhambra Access, Seville, Attraction Tickets
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Granada Day Trip from Seville with Skip-the-line Alhambra Access

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Enjoy this day trip from Seville to Granada, which will include Alhambra ticket, a walking tour of Albaycin  and a visit to many more places.

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $253.96
Granada Day Trip including Alhambra and Generalife Gardens from Seville, Seville, Day Trips
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Granada Day Trip including Alhambra and Generalife Gardens from Seville

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Take a trip to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, one of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the world, on a day trip from Seville. Granada is home to ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Tour to the Alhambra from Marbella or Malaga, Marbella, Day Trips
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Tour to the Alhambra from Marbella or Malaga

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Visit Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and get to know the last historically Arabic city in Spain. This tour takes you back 600 years, when this ...  Read more

Location: Marbella, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.09
Full-day Skip-the-line Granada, Alhambra Palace and Albaicin tour from Seville, Seville, Day Trips
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Full-day Skip-the-line Granada, Alhambra Palace and Albaicin tour from Seville

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Visit Granada and the Alhambra on this full-day tour from Seville. Skip the line at Alhambra Palace on your guided tour that includes Nasrid Palace, Alcazabar, ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.43
Private or Group walking tour at the Alhambra, Granada, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private or Group walking tour at the Alhambra

Visit Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and get to know the last historically Arabic city in Spain. This tour takes you back 600 years, when this ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $106.80
Small-Group Alhambra Guided Visit, Granada, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Alhambra Guided Visit

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Visiting the Alhambra is a unique experience that anyone visiting Andalusia should live. Walk through the courtyard of the Lions, follow in the footsteps of ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Guided Visit to the Alhambra Experiences by Night in a Reduced Group, Granada, Historical & ... 
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Guided Visit to the Alhambra Experiences by Night in a Reduced Group

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Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Alhambra in the exclusive option of a reduced group, on a unique guided night visit to the Nasrid Palaces. This ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.34
Private Granada Day Trip including Alhambra and Generalife from Seville, Seville, Historical & ... 
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Private Granada Day Trip including Alhambra and Generalife from Seville

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Steep in Granada’s history on this private full-day tour of Alhambra and Generalife Gardens from Seville. With your guide, visit Granada and Alhambra Palace on ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $747.63
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Day Trip from Almeria, Almeria, Day Trips
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Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Day Trip from Almeria

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A beautiful excursion by bus that circles the National Park of Sierra Nevada in order to visit the jewel of the Andalusian Heritage, the Alhambra at Granada. ...  Read more

Location: Roquetas de Mar, Spain
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $85.44

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