Alhambra

Marvel at the extravagance of the Nasrid dynasty inside one of Spain’s top historical sites.

Enter your dates to find available activities

Alhambra: Our most recommended tours and activities

Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

1. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

2. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Discover the impressive architectural feat of Nasrid rulers, the Alhambra. At your own pace, meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra which are filled with fountains, hanging plants and paved pathways. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel at the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

3. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

Uncover the beauty of the millenary city, Granada, with the help of a local guide on a bilingual tour in Spanish and English.  Visit some of the most emblematic monuments including the Alhambra – the palatial home of the ancient Arabic royalty. A monumental sight, the complex incorporates El Generalife, the summer residence of the sultans, the Nasrid palaces and La Alcazaba, which served as the military zone of the citadel. While absorbing the architecture your designated guide will fill you in on the intricate history of this legendary location. Proceed down into the heart of the city, via the Puerta de la Justicia, the arched gateway that was built in the 14th century. 

Granada City Train 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

4. Granada City Train 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Discover Granada at your own pace with a full-day ticket to the exclusive hop-on hop-off train. Specially designed to navigate the narrow streets of the Albaicín, the train features a panoramic roof, open deck in summer, and on board audio guides in 12 languages, available at an extra cost (with 2 special kids channels in Spanish and English). You can hop on and off at any of the stops to experience the essence of the city, from the monumental Alhambra to the atmospheric Albaicín. Explore the Realejo district, stop for a coffee in Plaza Neuva, get city views from the Mirador de San Nicolas, and much more. Get on and off the train as often as you want for as long as your ticket is valid, and discover the city's most important sites. The Alhambra Route runs during the day, while the City Center Route is an evening train that takes in Granada’s great nighttime atmosphere. Alhambra Route (Green Line): trains run every 30-45 minutes • Alhambra a. Alhambra Generalife/Taquillas b. Alhambra Palacios Nazaríes/Puerta Justícia • Cuesta Gomérez • Plaza Nueva/Office Granada City Tour • Paseo de los Tristes • Mirador de San Cristóbal/Albaicín • Monasterio de la Cartuja • Plaza de Toros • Catedral/Plaza Romanilla • Calle Alhóndiga/Recogida • Plaza Mariana Pineda/El Corte Inglés • Calle Molinos/Campo del Príncipe • Hotel Alhambra Palace/Carmen de los Mártires City Center Route (Red Line): trains run every 30-60 minutes, depending on the time of year • Plaza Nueva/Oficina Granada City Tour • Paseo de los Tristes • Mirador de San Cristóbal/Albaicín • Monasterio de la Cartuja • Plaza de Toros • Catedral/Plaza de la Romanilla • Calle Alhóndiga/Recogidas • Plaza Mariana Pineda/El Corte Inglés

Granada Full Day: Alhambra, Albayzin and Sacromonte

5. Granada Full Day: Alhambra, Albayzin and Sacromonte

The ancient city of Granada is full of unique beauty: come spend a full day in the city and soak up its culture, architecture, and history. In the morning, you will see the stunning Alhambra, a fortress built in the 9th century which later became a royal residence. In the afternoon, you will travel through Albayzin and Sacramonte, two fascinating Muslim neighbourhoods of the city. Albayzin is considered one of the most beautiful districts of Granada, known for its cobblestones and medieval feel. In Sacromonte, you’ll see the traditional cave houses inhabited historically by gypsies, and experience its gorgeous flamenco shows. Walking is by far the best way to explore every nook and cranny of the labyrinthian structure of these neighbourhoods.  Let your tour guide surprise you with historical information, legends, and artistic details for an unforgettable day.

Alhambra Night Tour: Carlos V Palace, Generalife and Gardens

6. Alhambra Night Tour: Carlos V Palace, Generalife and Gardens

Explore the Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with your official guide. See hundreds of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. Discover the history of this amazing monument under the stars, with special night access.  Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology, seen throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces through the Senses Private Tour

7. Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces through the Senses Private Tour

Skip the line and jump long queues at the entrance of the monument, so you can start exploring the incredible World Heritage Site straight away. Your exclusive tour has been designed as a sensory experience, to amaze your with the history and art of the city of the Alhambra. Your guides will use audiovisual resources and objects from the era, which help you to recreate and imagine the times of the Nasrid dynasties of the Alhambra. Your guide will show you some of the most special items from the daily life of the Nasrid time in the Alhambra palace, offering you to touch, smell or taste them, revealing the mystery and unique vibes of that era. In addition, you will be able to grasp the essential technical aspects of the construction of the monument through the audiovisual content.

Granada: Alhambra Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

8. Granada: Alhambra Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover the world-famous Alhambra and the Generalife and Nasrid Palaces on a private walking tour with a licensed guide (entry tickets not included). Customize your itinerary to fit your interests. After booking your tickets online for the Alhambra, your expert guide will take you on a historical, cultural, and artistic journey of the renowned ancient complex. Take a relaxing stroll through the Alhambra's age-old walkways as you listen to your guide recount insightful stories and legends about the medieval complex. See the carved Moorish throne room and the impressive cloistered courtyards dotted with fountains along your way. Follow in the footsteps of the sultans and kings who once lived and ruled in these walls, and visit the verdant gardens of the nearby Generalife and the Nasrid (or Partal) Palaces to get a well-rounded experience of the city's history.

Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

9. Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide

Explore the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with this skip-the-line, guaranteed access ticket. See thousands of years of Granada's moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. With an informative audio guide in hand, go at your own pace and follow your own route for a tour that is perfect for you. Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology you will see throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Alhambra & Generalife Tour including Transport & Admission

10. Alhambra & Generalife Tour including Transport & Admission

A walk around the Alhambra Palace, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is a must for every visitor to Granada. It is a work of art that has appeal for many reasons, including its monumental size and historic importance, its attractive and elaborate rooms, and its exquisitely detailed Islamic art. The Alhambra was built as a fortress in 889 and converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Sultan Yusuf I. The Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty. On your 3-hour tour of the Alhambra, you’ll have at your disposal an official tourist guide who has extensive knowledge of Granada’s heritage. Your guide will take you through all sections of the red fortress, and will answer any questions you may have about this spectacular monument. Admire the Alcazaba Fortress, which is the oldest part of the Alhambra complex. In the past it served as a military precinct. The Generalife, situated to the east of the Alhambra , was the sultan’s summer palace. It is surrounded by vast gardens and features elegantly aging moorish architecture.

Planning Your Visit

  • When can I visit?

    The palace is open all year, except for December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).

  • What should I wear?

    There is no dress code for the palace, but be aware that some other Catholic establishments in the city may require arms and legs to be covered. And remember to stay in the shade and drink lots of water!

  • How do I get there?

    Public transport (line C3) will take you right to the ticket office. Alternatively, you can walk. There are a few different routes from the city center (about 800m each). The most serene, beautiful, and historically interesting is the road from Plaza Nueva. The route will take you up the Cuesta de Gomérez, through the Gate of the Pomegranates, and into the tree-lined avenues that lead to the Alhambra.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
    Sunday, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    The adult ticket prices start at €14.00, and booking in advance is highly recommended.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You may be interested in an expert's narration while you try to take in the architecture, room by room.
  • How to get there
    Public transport (line C3), car, or on foot from the city center.
  • Additional information

    • This attraction is free for children under twelve years old, but booking is still required.

    • Entrance to the Nasrid Palaces is allocated per half-hour time slot. Don't be late!

Other Sightseeing Options in Alhambra

Want to discover all there is to do in Alhambra? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Alhambra

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 47,014 reviews

The tour went smoothly. Our pick up time was changed from 5:30am to 7:20, a much more civilized time, which made me happy even before we started. Our guide, Petra was personable and spoke both English and Spanish clearly. We walked a total of 5 miles that day, and several people were not able to do this and stayed behind before we got to the Alhambra. What a shame, because the Alhambra is the biggest attraction in Spain. Please only book this tour if you can walk for 3 hours and climb a few stairs. The comfortable bus ride is 3 hours each way with a break half way so you can rest. The Alhambra is totally worth the long ride and walking. We had a guide, Pablo, for the Alhambra who was very knowledgeable and spoke in clear English. I would recommend this tour as long as walking is not a problem for you.

Sergio gave us an awesome tour, very informative, we loved all the architecture, gardens and all the details in the palaces!

Very friendly welcome by good and good, full explanation. Everything fine.

Great place, beautiful architecture. I highly recommend.

The tour guide was absouloutley great!! Thank you :)