Many travelers dream of traveling to Granada to see its legendary Alhambra, whose beauty has inspired people from all over the world for centuries. It is, therefore, a very popular and the most visited monument in Spain. But how much do tickets cost and what can you see for free?
Don't worry, I'll tell you everything you need to know about the Alhambra ticket prices below.
How much does a skip-the-line ticket to the Alhambra cost?
The price of tickets to the Alhambra (including access to the Nasrid Palaces, the Partal, the Alcazaba and the Generalife) is 14 euros.
Even so, buying tickets at the ticket office is not the best idea. My advice is to buy tickets to the Alhambra online and in advance to avoid endless queues at the ticket office. Each day the capacity is limited and you could run the risk of running out of them.
That is why the best option is to buy online a ticket without queues for the Alhambra with which you will have direct access to the monument and you will have the attention of an expert guide throughout the visit that will show you all the secrets of the Nasrid fortress.
How much does a guided tour of the Alhambra cost?
The price of guided tours of the Alhambra varies depending on the type of tour you book and what the tour includes, for example, in Hellotickets you can find a guided tour of the Alhambra in a normal group that includes access to the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife, the Alcazaba and the Palace of Charles V from 37 euros.
In case you are looking for a more personalized experience in your guided tour of the Alhambra you can get to pay around 51 euros for a more exclusive version of the tour in a small group. Both include entrance with priority access to all the monuments.
Guided tours of the Alhambra are, without a doubt, the best way to get to know the legendary Nasrid palatine city, the last living trace of this dynasty in Spain. With a professional guide you can delve into the history and architecture of the Alhambra in Granada, whose beauty continues to amaze travelers from all over the world.
As you can see, there are options for all tastes and budgets so do not hesitate and book your place on a guided tour of the Alhambra.
What is the price of the Nasrid Palaces?
The entrance to the Nasrid Palace is included in the price of the Alhambra tickets and in most of the guided tours of the Alhambra, so you will not have to pay extra to access this part of the fortress.
The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and the eighth wonder of the world, so there is a great demand to see it. Especially the Nasrid Palaces, the jewel of the monumental complex.
If your dream is to see the Alhambra and you have not been careful enough to buy tickets online and in advance of your travel date, you can always try your luck at the ticket office of the monument and try to get tickets there for the same day but you run the risk of running out of them due to high demand and standing in endless queues for nothing.
How much does it cost to enter the Generalife?
Access to the gardens and the Generalife Palace is included in most of the guided tours to the Alhambra that you will find in Hellotickets. So if you book a complete guided tour, you will not have to pay extra to visit this part of the palatine city.
How far in advance should I book tickets?
Due to conservation and security reasons, capacity is limited. My advice is to book your tickets to the Alhambra as far in advance as possible, as soon as you book your hotel or flight. If your trip to Granada coincides with holidays, long weekends or weekends, I recommend doing it at least one or two months before your visit.
Keep in mind that the Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain, so there is a great demand to visit it both nationally and internationally.
How can I save on tickets to the Alhambra?
The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most demanded monuments in the world and, as you can imagine, it is difficult to find discounts, offers or cheap last minute tickets. However, it is not impossible to save when buying tickets for the Alhambra, here's how you can do it!
Buying your ticket at the ticket office
One option is to try to get a single ticket at the ticket office without a guided tour for the same day of the visit. Although they are a bit cheaper I do not recommend it because the demand to see the Alhambra is very high and places are limited. It is not worth standing in endless queues at the ticket office because the tickets are usually sold out in a jiffy and your time is also money.
Taking advantage of the reduced rate for certain groups
There are discounts for certain groups (European Youth Card holders, EU citizens over 65, disabled people, etc.) who can buy tickets to the Alhambra at a lower price than the general public. These people must present at the ticket office a supporting document that makes them beneficiaries of the discount.
If you are one of these people, remember to go with enough time in advance to the Alhambra ticket office to make this procedure and get your final ticket.
With the Granada Card
Another interesting alternative to save on your visit to the Alhambra is to get the Granada Card, a tourist card that will not only give you access to the Alhambra and the Generalife but also to other attractions in the city. In addition, it will also allow you to use the city bus to move comfortably between different places.
Buying the Granada Card has several advantages. On the one hand, you will save time since you will not have to wait in line at the ticket office of each monument to get your tickets. On the other hand, you will save money because this 24, 48 or 72 hour tourist pass allows you to enter the main attractions of Granada at a flat or reduced rate. In addition, it has significant discounts on other tourist services.
There is also the Granada Card for children from 2 to 11 years old that includes the same services as the adult Granada Card.
What can I see for free at the Alhambra?
If you are a foreign traveler
In the event that during your trip to Granada you are not able to get tickets for the Alhambra, don't worry because you can always visit the free part of the Nasrid palace city and take some beautiful pictures.
Although it is the least spectacular of the monumental complex has some very interesting places that will catch your attention such as:
- The walls.
- The Justice Gate, which is the most iconic of the enclosure.
- The Plaza de los Aljibes
- The Gate of the Carriages
- The Palace of Charles V, which houses the museums of the Alhambra and the Museum of Fine Arts.
- The Royal Street, the main street of the old Medina that has been maintained since medieval times.
- The Parador de Turismo de Granada in the Alhambra, a former 15th century convent built by the Catholic Monarchs.
- On the esplanade in front of the palace you can see the Wine Gate and even take a souvenir photo with the Albaicin in the background.
Another place you can go for free to enjoy the wonderful Alhambra is the viewpoint of San Nicolas in the Albaicin neighborhood. From there you will get the best panoramic view of the Andalusian fortress with Sierra Nevada in the background. In addition, you will have unbeatable views of the Alcazaba, the Nasrid palaces and the Generalife. Did you know that it is said that the most beautiful sunset in Spain is here?
If you are from Granada or live in Granada
In order to raise awareness of the historical and cultural importance of the Alhambra among the local population, the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife launched an initiative to provide free access to the monument to all Granada residents and residents of the province during weekends.
To visit the Alhambra for free, those interested must make a reservation online by filling out the form and attaching the requested supporting documentation. Another option to make a reservation is in person at the Residents' Office located in the Corral del Carbón.