Tips for visiting the alhambra

Visiting the Alhambra is one of the best plans you can enjoy during a stay in the city of Granada. This monumental complex is one of the most visited every year in Spain, but it is important to book in advance from 2 to 3 months, if you do not want to miss it.

To visit the Alhambra in Granada, it is important to take into account several aspects:

  1. Ticket reservation: The Alhambra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain and the world, so it is strongly recommended to book months in advance, especially during weekends and high season: Easter, April, May, summer, October, Christmas, Kings and long weekends.

  2. Visiting hours: The Alhambra has specific visiting hours, and it is important to plan your visit within these hours. Generally, it is open every day of the year, but the closing time varies from winter to summer.

  3. Tour: The Alhambra is a vast complex with several palaces, gardens and fortifications. It is best to book in advance a guided tour with an official guide to ensure you see all areas and if you look for a shared guide with your ticket you can also enjoy the culture in a very economical way.

  4. Tour guide: Consider hiring the services of an official Alhambra guide if you wish to obtain detailed information about the history and architecture of the Alhambra. We offer tours in several languages.

  5. Comfortable footwear: Because the Alhambra has many areas for walking, comfortable footwear suitable for walking is recommended.

  6. Sunscreen and water: During the summer months, the heat can be intense, so be sure to bring sunscreen and water to stay hydrated while exploring the Alhambra.

  7. Respect for heritage: The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is important to show respect for the historical and cultural environment while visiting it.

  8. Weather: Grenada can experience temperature changes during the day, so it is advisable to wear appropriate clothing to adapt to the weather conditions.

  9. Transportation: The Alhambra is located on a hill, so it is important to consider how to get there. You can choose to walk from the center of Granada or use public transportation.

  10. Visiting time: To fully enjoy the Alhambra, it is recommended to dedicate at least half a day to explore the complex at leisure and enjoy its architectural and scenic wonders.


How to get to the Alhambra

To get to the Alhambra there are different options to choose from depending on your personal preferences. You can reach the Alhambra on foot starting from the Puerta de las Granadas and passing through the Paseo del Generalife until you reach the entrance of the monumental complex. If your goal is to arrive by public transportation, there are also interesting options.

You can book a cab to take you to the Alhambra, with an approximate cost of between 6 and 8 euros from the center of Granada. But you can also take a bus of the lines that reach the Alhambra, which are the C30 and C32, which you can take in many points of the city center.

And if your goal is to reach the Alhambra in your own private car, you can access its vicinity by entering the Carretera de la Sierra or the A44 highway and leave your vehicle parked in the 24-hour parking that is located near the Pavilion of Access to the Alhambra.

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Alhambra opening hours

The schedules to visit the Alhambra with Nasrid palaces are very wide, so you can choose the schedule you prefer from the first to the last every half hour. The daytime general admission allows you to visit the Alhambra from 08:30 in the morning until 20:00 in the evening in summer. And if you prefer a later schedule you can always opt for a night visit, whose schedule is at 22:00 hours in summer season.the Alhambra does not have a guide service, only manages the tickets to the monument.

Buy tickets for the Alhambra

Buying Alhambra tickets in advance is essential to avoid being left at the gates of visiting the monumental complex. To buy Alhambra tickets you have different options:

Group visits

You can take guided tours of the Alhambra with a group of people. These guided group tours allow you to get to know the monumental complex with other travelers while you go through the different rooms and spaces of the Alhambra. An interesting and comfortable option for those who want to know in depth the history and peculiarities of the place.

Private visit

Private visits to the Alhambra are also another option to get to know the complex. These visits to the Alhambra in family format allow you to discover its different corners in a more private way with our official Alhambra guide, in a personalized way. It includes an audio system to not miss any detail of the explanations.

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