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Alhambra Palace Opening Times

The main reason for your trip to Granada may be to visit its mythical Alhambra, one of the most important monuments in Spain. Take note of its opening hours to organize your visit

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Alhambra Palace Opening Times

Jorge Fernández

The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most beautiful monuments in Spain and one of the most visited. If during a trip to the Nasrid city you want to visit it, the first thing to do is to check the opening hours to plan your visit.

Second, buy your entries to the Alhambra in advance or book a guided tour of the Alhambra to explore it with a professional guide who will reveal all its secrets.

Opening hours of the Alhambra

Enjoy the beautiful decoration of the palaces of the Alhambra ©Austin Gardner
Enjoy the beautiful decoration of the palaces of the Alhambra ©Austin Gardner
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The Alhambra is open every day of the week, Monday through Sunday. The opening hours of the entire monumental complex of the Alhambra in Granada (Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Palace of Charles V and Bath of the Mosque) are as follows:

  • Daytime visit during winter hours** (from October 15 to March 31): Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 6 PM.
  • Winter overnight visitation** (October 15 to March 31): Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Daytime summer visitation** (April 1 to October 14): Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 8 PM
  • Evening visitation during summer hours** (April 1 to October 14): Tuesday to Saturday, 10 PM to 11:30 PM

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Alhambra guided tours schedules.

View of the Alhambra | ©Vidar Nordli-Mathisen
View of the Alhambra | ©Vidar Nordli-Mathisen

For guided tours of the Alhambra, there are usually several passes per day: at Hellotickets, for example, the first tours start at 10:30 AM and there is also the possibility to do them at 12 PM or 5 PM, so you can organize your visit according to the plan you have for the rest of the day.

Although you can get to know the Alhambra of Granada: on your own, if it is the first time you visit this important monumental complex and you are not familiar with its history or the different spaces that compose it, my advice is to book a guided tour of the Alhambra to discover with an expert guide all the corners and curiosities of the Nasrid palace city.

You will have a much more complete and interesting vision not only about its historical but also artistic dimension. The guided tours of the Alhambra in Granada take place during the opening hours of the monument.

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Night timetable to visit the Alhambra.

Nazarí Palaces illuminated at night | ©www.twin-loc.fr
Nazarí Palaces illuminated at night | ©www.twin-loc.fr
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If it is the first time you travel to Granada you probably want to visit the Alhambra during the day but if you want to enjoy a quiet visit without crowds, an excellent option is the night tickets.

If the beauty of the Alhambra is striking in daylight, at night it is even more so. The illumination envelops the palatine city in an enigmatic and fascinating atmosphere. To contemplate it in the moonlight and in the stillness of the night is a magical experience.

  • Night visit during winter hours** (from October 15 to March 31): Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 PM to 9:30 PM.
  • Summer time night visitation (April 1 to October 14): Tuesday through Saturday, 10 PM to 11:30 PM

In the article :Night tours to the Alhambra I tell you everything you need to know about this kind of tours that discover the most enigmatic and intimate side of the monument. You're going to love them!

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Generalife opening hours

The Generalife | ©F Delventhal
The Generalife | ©F Delventhal

Take note of the opening hours to visit the Generalife Gardens and Palace, the summer villa to which the Granada sultans retreated to rest and escape the formalities of court.

The Palacio del Generalife and its gardens: is one of the most popular areas of the Alhambra along with the Nasrid Palaces.

Daytime visits

  • Daytime visit during winter hours** (from October 15 to March 31): Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 6 PM.
  • Daytime summer visitation** (April 1 to October 14): Monday to Sunday 8:30 AM to 8 PM

Night visits

  • Night visit during winter hours** (from November 15 to March 31: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 PM to 11:30 PM).
  • Summer time night visitation (April 1 to November 14): Friday and Saturday 8 PM to 9:30 PM

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Nasrid Palaces opening hours.

Rich interior decoration of the Nasrid Palaces | ©FlyingCrimsonPig
Rich interior decoration of the Nasrid Palaces | ©FlyingCrimsonPig

It is the most visited part of the Alhambra in Granada and where the Nasrid kings resided. During the tour, the access to the Nazaríes Palaces must be done at the time indicated on the entrance ticket since you will only be able to access this part of the monumental complex during these hours.

Remember that the visit to the Alhambra must be organized according to the time of entry to the Nasrid Palaces: and be punctual due to the existing capacity control.

Daytime visits

  • Daytime visitation** (from October 15 to March 31): Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 6 PM
  • Daytime visit (April 1 to October 14): Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 8 PM

Nocturnal visits.

  • Night visit** (from October 15 to March 31): Friday and Saturday from 8 PM to 9:30 PM.
  • Night visit (from April 1 to October 14): Tuesday to Saturday from 10 PM to 11:30 PM

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What is the best time to visit the Alhambra in Granada?

Patio del Palacio de Carlos V | ©Clark Van Der Beken
Patio del Palacio de Carlos V | ©Clark Van Der Beken
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Early in the morning

Generally, the best time to visit the Alhambra in Granada is early in the morning when it opens its doors. It is usually not crowded and you will be able to visit all the areas of the monument at your leisure. In addition, after the visit you will have the rest of the day to do other activities around the city. If you want to know what else you can do in Granada do not miss the post The best excursions and guided tours in Granada:.

After lunch

The number of visitors is also lower around 3 or 4 PM so after eating in a restaurant near the Alhambra:, the afternoon is also a good time to visit it. In addition, you will have the chance to enjoy the sunset while strolling within its walls, which is considered the most beautiful in Spain.

At night

However, the night visits to the Alhambra in Granada are fascinating because thanks to the special lighting of the palatine city the experience of touring it with the silence of the night becomes magical.

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When is the Alhambra closed?

Patio de los Leones | ©Jennifer Morrow
Patio de los Leones | ©Jennifer Morrow

The Alhambra in Granada is open every day of the year except December 25 and January 1. Still, if there are any changes of plans or the monument has to close in the unlikely event of an incident or unforeseen event, you can check by doing a Google search before you travel.

Finally, if you are planning to visit the Alhambra soon, to get the most out of this fantastic experience I recommend reading the article Tips for visiting the Alhambra: where you will find more useful tips.

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