About The Alhambra

The Alhambra, located in Granada, is an architectural treasure, a Moorish stronghold, and the oldest Muslim Palace in the world. Little wonder, it is one of Spain's most visited sites. Over its storied history, this site has been a Roman fortification, a Muslim Palace, and the Renaissance Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Today the Alhambra sits atop the Al-Sabika Hill overlooking the city of Granada, offering visitors stunning views, and the opportunity to step back into history. 

The Alhambra dates back to the 9th century. The original small fortress was built on an even older foundation dating back to Roman times. The intricate carvings throughout the palace of Alhambra, still speak about its Muslim heritage. This site is comprises of three distinct sections. The Alcazaba is the oldest, and is the military zone of the fortress. The Nasrid Palace comprises  boldly decorated royal palace artifacts and features striking architecture. The gardens of Generalife include Moorish style gardens, Baroque courtyards, and the water stairway. A UNESCO world heritage since 1984, the Alhambra stands as one of the best monuments of Islamic architecture in Spain. 

Must See

  • Magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid Palace complex 
  • The Alcazaba ruins of the military fortress
  • Charles V's Renaissance Palace 
  • The water stairways of Generalife Palace
  • Beautiful gardens of Nasrid Palace

How to reach

Located at almost 2.5 km from the center 

By Bus via Carrera del Daro 33:

It takes 9 minutes and costs 1.41 Euros

By Bus:

11 minutes

By Taxi:

It takes 5 minutes and costs 6.63 to 8.44 Euros

By walk:

It takes 15 minutes for the uphill walk from Plaza Nueva


  • Nasrid Palace can only be visited through time-slot tickets
  • There's bound to be waiting at Nasrid palace, but not for too long
  • Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to visit
  • Small backpacks are allowed inside, but no strollers 
  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside, however, you will find them in the kiosk near Wine Gate 
  • Avoid a guided tour for this one as it would only be too hasty and you won't be able to enjoy 
  • You can also try food at Alhambra Parador 
  • You will have to walk more than 3 km, so wear comfortable footwear 

Visit Time

 From mid October till the end of March 

Sunday:         8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday:        8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday:       8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday:      8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday:           8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:       8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

From April to mid October -

Sunday:          8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Monday:         8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Tuesday:        8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Wednesday:   8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Thursday:       8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Friday:            8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:        8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Remains closed on Christmas and New Year

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Waiting Time

30 minutes


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Time you can spend

3 hours


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