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Alhambra official skip-the-line small group guided tour with full access
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Alhambra official skip-the-line small group guided tour with full access

Admire the Alhambra's Nasrid Palaces, stroll along the Generalife gardens and discover the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Duration 3 hours
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Skip-the-line tickets and audio guide to the Alhambra, Palace of Charles V, Generalife and Alcazaba
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Skip-the-line tickets and audio guide to the Alhambra, Palace of Charles V, Generalife and Alcazaba

Visit at your own pace with an audio guide the Alhambra fortress, the Palace of Charles V, the Generalife palace and its wonderful gardens, and the monumental surroundings, all without queuing to purchase the tickets!

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Alhambra, Generalife and Nasrid palaces skip-the-line guided tour
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Alhambra, Generalife and Nasrid palaces skip-the-line guided tour

Visit the Alhambra of Granada, one of the most beautiful places in the world! The guided tour includes the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife gardens, the Alcazaba.

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Alhambra by night tour with Palacios Nazaríes
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Alhambra by night tour with Palacios Nazaríes

Visit the three Palacios Nazaríes by night and learn everything about their history with the audioguide

Duration 1 hour 29 minutes
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Tour with tickets included to the entire Alhambra
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Tour with tickets included to the entire Alhambra

Book this tour with tickets included to the entire Alhambra (Palacios, Alcazaba, Generalife, Gardens).

Duration from 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Alhambra guided visit with Arab Baths
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Alhambra guided visit with Arab Baths

Book now your guided visit to the Alhambra and enjoy the tour with an expert storyteller. Feel like a Sultan while enjoying a dip in the Hammam Baths.

Duration 4 hours
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Alhambra tour with flamenco show
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Alhambra tour with flamenco show

Discover the Alhambra with an audio guide and enjoy a traditional flamenco show in the Sacromonte neighborhood.

Duration 24 hours
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Alhambra guided tour and Science Park tickets
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Alhambra guided tour and Science Park tickets

Join this experience and discover the Alhambra with an official guide. Discover the history of Al-Andalus and visit the Science Park of Granada at your own leisure.

Duration from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Alhambra and Generalife skip-the-line private tour
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Alhambra and Generalife skip-the-line private tour

Discover Spain's Moorish roots on this private tour of the Alhambra. Together with a local guide, you'll visit the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba and more.

Duration 3 hours
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Granada walking tour with Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens from Málaga
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Granada walking tour with Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens from Málaga

Discover Granada's Arab past, visit the Palace of Charles and admire the Nasrid Arabic style.

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Alhambra guided tour and tickets to the Science Park of Granada
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Alhambra guided tour and tickets to the Science Park of Granada

Visit the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. You'll also have tickets for the Science Park of Granada.

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Alhambra guided tour in Italian
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Alhambra guided tour in Italian

Discover the history of one of the most fascinating monuments of Islamic architecture in Europe thanks to a 3-hour group tour.

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About the Alhambra, Granada

Lauded by a medieval poet as a ‘pearl set in emeralds’, the Alhambra in Granada is no mere historic monument. This citadel on a ridge was the residence of the Nasrid emirs who ruled much of Andalusia for centuries. Today, the unmatched opulence, beauty and serenity they lived in remain untouched for you to experience. As well as the main palace and its state rooms, the complex also includes the Generalife palace – the sultans’ summer residence – and its gardens.

Most of the Alhambra’s outstanding sections date from the 14th century, during the reigns of the sultans Yusuf I and Muhammad V, who built the Palace of Comares and the Palace of the Lions, respectively. No expense was spared, and the finest craftsmen replicated ‘heaven on earth’, with elaborate honeycomb vaulting, intricately carved wooden ceilings, walls of multicoloured and Islamic calligraphy in stucco. Cool courtyards, trickling fountains and landscaped gardens add to the sense of seclusion.

When the Spaniards conquered Granada, they destroyed some elements and added others, including the Renaissance Palace of Charles V and the Convent of St Francis. All in all, the Alhambra is a must-visit if you’re interested in history and Islamic architecture and art.

Things to know before your visit

  • The Alhambra is accessible to visitors with reduced mobility

  • Entrance for wheelchair users is at Puerta de la Justicia

  • Taking pictures is allowed

  • You can bring food and drink in – water is highly advised during summer

  • Animals are not allowed, except for guide dogs

Opening hours

Daytime visits to the Alhambra are from 08:30 to 20:00, Monday to Sunday, from April 1 to October 14, and from 08:30 to 18:00, Monday to Sunday, during the rest of the year.

Nighttime visits are from 22:00 to 23:30, Monday to Sunday, from April 1 to October 14, and from 19:00 to 20:45, Monday to Sunday, during the rest of the year.

Please note that you can only enter the interior of the Nasrid palaces during the time stated on your ticket.

The Alhambra is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

How to get there

By bus – the C3 line stops at the Alhambra

By car – there’s parking space available at Avenida Santa María de la Alhambra

On foot – it takes about 20 minutes to walk up the Cuesta de Gomérez from Plaza Nueva

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What should I really see at the Alhambra?

There are three sections to the citadel – the Alcazaba, which is the ruins of the fortress and barracks, the Nasrid palaces and the Generalife. The latter two are absolute musts. For the Nasrid palaces, if you follow the route, you’ll enter all the lavish rooms and courtyards, including the Mexuar and Palace of the Lions. The Palace of Comares, where you’ll find the Court of Myrtles and the Hall of the Ambassadors with its ornate wooden ceiling, is sublime. If you have time, make sure to check out the Partal Palace and the Palace of Charles V.

What are the best ways to visit the Alhambra?

As one of Spain’s most important and popular attractions, tickets to the Alhambra are highly sought after, even in the high temperatures of summer. Often, you need to buy months in advance. By booking a skip-the-line guided tour, you can ensure access to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As these tours are for small groups, you’ll enjoy a more intimate experience and get to find out all about the history of the citadel as you admire its magnificent décor. Another option is to visit in the evening, when the palaces and their rooms and illuminated.

How much time do I need for visiting the Alhambra?

Most guided tours are 3 hours long. If you enter the Nasrid palaces by yourself, you can stay as long as you want until closing time. You may want to spend a bit longer to wander around and savour the ambience, checking out the parador – a state-owned luxury hotel located in a former convent – or the Palace of Charles V. The landscaped gardens, where there’s a soothing soundtrack of irrigation channels, cooing doves and chirping parakeets, offer a shaded and secluded place to reflect on the beauty of the Alhambra.

What is the best time to visit the Alhambra?

The early morning, from opening time to 11.00 is the least busy time to enter the palaces. Because entrance is limited to a maximum of 300 visitors every 30 minutes, there will rarely be moments when its overcrowded. This maximum is usually reached between 11:00 and 16:00. You may even have the chance to take pics inside without anyone else appearing in them.

Where can I enjoy the best views of the Alhambra?

The Alhambra sits atop Sabika Hill, which rises some 100 metres above Granada old town. It’s a remarkably picturesque setting, with the – in winter snowcapped – Sierra Nevada in the distance. To best appreciate this view, cross the bridge over the River Darro to the Albaicin, a hilly district of whitewashed houses. It was here that the city’s Muslims lived, and many of their former homes, known as carmens, are still standing. But the Albaicin’s star attraction are its 10 viewpoints – Mirador de San Nicolas is the best known – offering panoramic views of the Alhambra. The best time to go is before sunset. It’ll be busy, but worth it to see the Alhambra illuminated as night falls.

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Reviews Alhambra

  • Lyn

    - May 2016

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    We really enjoyed our trip to the wonderful Alhambra. Our guide Antonio was learned and enthusiastic and very willing to answer questions. Nos encanta ...

  • Coopman

    - May 2016

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Our Guide Marina was fantastic.A lot of knowledge, very clear and understanding. Top guide.Alhambra was a great experiance and unforgetable.PS. We are ...

  • Haentjens

    - April 2016

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

  • GDPR Expired data

    - April 2016

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

    We had Marco as guide and he was top and very informing in the French language.