Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Alhambra leaves no visitor indifferent. Once you set foot in Granada and immerse yourself inside the majesty of the Alhambra, you will never be the same again.
Due to its huge influx of visitors, it is best to book tickets in advance and online, to make sure there is availability on the dates of your trip. Here are the best options.
The tickets to the Alhambra, at the best price and with guide included
With this ticket you will access the Alhambra without queues (essential) and you will visit with an expert guide the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife
With availability every day of the week, this ticket includes the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife in addition to the entrance to the Alhambra and you can choose between 4 different schedules (two in the morning and two in the afternoon).
**A specialized guide will accompany you during the visit and will explain in detail the historical, symbolic and architectural context of the majesty of the Alhambra.
The best of all is that you will tour the Alhambra for more than 3 hours and you will have the opportunity to solve your doubts with the guide and ask him for recommendations, which makes this ticket a very complete option.
Why choose this option: this option is the most complete for a very reasonable price. It includes the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife, access without queues and the company of a professional guide.
Recommended if... you want to get your ticket to know the Alhambra in depth while saving on your budget.
A good way to enjoy the Alhambra in a different way is to buy a night ticket to visit it after sunset. Nights in Granada are magical, but walking around the Alhambra under the starlight is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
With less crowds, the tour is usually very quiet, you can enjoy the silence of the night and get a unique perspective of this monument. In addition, with this option you will also have the company of an expert guide who will explain everything you see as you pass through the various gardens and courtyards.
Why choose this option: whether you have seen the Alhambra before or this is your first time, you will enjoy its gardens, courtyards and magic in a quiet and privileged environment.
Recommended if... you are willing to make a different visit and spend a unique night in Granada.
How much are the tickets for the Alhambra?
There are several types of tickets and the price may vary depending on the one you choose: in Hellotickets:, for example, you can choose from the most economical for 31 € (includes guided tour) to the most exclusive for 41 € if you want to visit in a small group. Both tickets include no queuing.
If you are planning your visit to the Alhambra and want to know more details about the budget you need, I recommend you to read my article about the price of the Alhambra tickets::.
What is included in the Alhambra ticket.
The tickets that you can buy in Hellotickets include the access without rows to the Alhambra and also the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces: and the entrance to the Generalife:. They are the most complete because they also include the guided tour of the entire complex so you do not miss the essentials of such a majestic place.
Get tickets for the night visit of the Alhambra.
If the Alhambra impresses in daylight, the magic it gives off during the night is overwhelming. That is why it is possible to access the Alhambra with a night ticket and enjoy it illuminated under the starlight.
If it is your first time in Granada, you will probably prefer to visit it during the day but if you feel like shunning the crowds and enjoy a quiet tour, with less people around, the night tickets will be a great option.
In this article about the night visits to the Alhambra: you will find everything you need to plan your visit at night and know what to expect when touring the majestic Alhambra at last hour of the day.
How long does it take to see the Alhambra?
It takes between 3 and 4 hours to tour the Alhambra. It is a very large complex with a large expanse of gardens, courtyards and halls, detailed ceilings, columns and fountains that you will want to admire as you pass through every nook and cranny.
The duration of the visit to the Alhambra: with an expert guide will be similar, approximately 3 to 4 hours as well and then you will have free time to stroll around the interior again at your leisure.
Alhambra opening hours.
The Alhambra is open uninterrupted every day of the week, every day of the year (except Christmas and New Year). However, the timetables of the Alhambra: opening and closing times may vary depending on the summer or winter season (from 8:30 AM to 6 PM in winter, from 8:30 AM to 8 PM in summer).
Opening hours may also vary depending on whether you plan to visit the Alhambra during the day or at night. In any case, I recommend that you consult my article on the timetables of the Alhambra: to plan your visit in more detail.
What day is best to visit the Alhambra.
Taking into account its great affluence, the most advisable thing is to avoid weekends and holidays to be able to visit it with greater tranquility and to flee from the agglomerations.
However, this is not always possible, but don't worry. The Alhambra is a very large complex with many outdoor areas, so the visit is very dynamic and pleasant even if there are many people. You won't get to feel overwhelmed.
Can you get into the Alhambra for free?
Granadinos will be able to enter the Alhambra for free during the weekends. Thanks to the Diputación de Granada, every weekend there is a certain quota of free tickets to encourage visits among local tourism until full capacity is reached.
You can check the conditions on the website of the Patronato. In case you are not a citizen or resident of Granada, you will have to book a guided tour or paying tickets.
If you are planning your visit to the Alhambra and want to know more details about the budget you need, I recommend you to read my article about the how to get free or discounted tickets for the Alhambra:.
Buy tickets for the Alhambra at the box office.
If you decide to visit the Alhambra in Granada on your own and buy your tickets at the ticket office, you will have to buy them on the same day, depending on availability and only up to two hours before the visit, which may not fit with your travel plan.
Given the great popularity of the Alhambra in Granada it is very common for long lines to form at the ticket office and it is possible that the tickets will be sold out when it is your turn. In that case you could try to get up early to get up at 8 AM at the ticket office and try your luck. You might be able to get your hands on a spare ticket, although it is usually difficult, if not impossible.
Are the tickets nominative, do I have to show my passport or my ID card?
That's right. The tickets to the Alhambra are nominative, personal and non-transferable. For reasons of security and conservation of the monument, each visitor is obliged to present his/her passport, ID card or an original personal identification document issued by his/her country.
The Alhambra staff performs identification checks on visitors, so to access the monument it is necessary to show the tickets and an identity document.
To make your visit to the Alhambra go smoothly, I recommend that, in addition to being identified with an ID card or passport, you take a look at this guide with tips for visiting the Alhambra in Granada::. Let nothing tarnish your visit!
How to get to the Alhambra.
Getting to the Alhambra isn't difficult and as is the case every time you get to walk around Granada, you'll enjoy every street and every corner. In addition, the whole complex is very well connected to the city center, so not only you can walk but you can also take a city bus or even the tourist train if you prefer (with children is certainly the most fun option).
On the other hand, as in all cities, you can always take a taxi for more comfort or even arrive with your own car if you prefer (this last option is very comfortable but not so practical, since you will have to pay parking). I tell you all about it here: :how to get to the Alhambra:.
Can I visit the Alhambra with children?
Of course you can, visit the Alhambra in Granada with children:! The Alhambra and its legends conquer young and old, it is an appropriate visit for the whole family. The guides are used to having children in the groups and if you want to put them in the context of what they are going to see before arriving, they will understand it much better and they will be delighted with the tour.
Remember to wear (and have them wear) comfortable shoes and above all, protect them from the heat if you are visiting during the hottest months of the year. Otherwise, you will have nothing to worry about. Enjoy!
Where to eat near the Alhambra.
You may find that after (or before) your visit to the Alhambra you get the itch and need to stop to refuel. Although it may seem that near such a touristy place you will not find something of good quality and price, do not worry: I have prepared a guide with the best places where to eat near the Alhambra: so that you leave there with a good taste in your mouth.