Discovering the Alhambra with children is a fantastic idea, but like all family activities, it requires a bit of organization so that everything goes perfectly. Even more so when it is an extensive visit of several hours as is the Nasrid palace city. I tell you everything you need to know!
1. Get your tickets online and in advance to avoid the queues.
The dream of many travelers is to go to Granada to discover its mythical Alhambra, one of the most beautiful monuments in Spain and a cultural reference of Hispano-Muslim art in the West.
It is, therefore, a very popular monument where the capacity is limited due to security and conservation reasons. So to ensure access to the Nasrid fortress on the date and time you want, I recommend that you book your entries to the Alhambra: as far in advance as possible, as soon as you book your flight or your hotel.
This is the first piece of advice I would give you when it comes to getting to know it, especially if you are traveling with your family to the city. If you buy your Alhambra tickets online and in advance, besides being able to compare types of tickets and rates, you will avoid long lines with the children at the ticket office to get them. Something primordial so they don't get tired before even starting the visit.
2. How are the children's tickets to the Alhambra?
The visit to the Alhambra in Granada is paid and to enter you need to buy a ticket. However, children can get them at a lower price than adults, something that allows families to save a little bit on vacations which never hurts.
Get tickets at the box office
Sometimes parents prefer to do the cultural visits at their own pace because they feel that they will be more comfortable if at some point an emergency arises to go to the bathroom or if you have to take a break to eat or play, especially when the children are still young.
If this is your case, you can try to get a general tickets without guided tour at the ticket office for the same day of the visit and benefit from a discount or free tickets for children depending on their age.
Each day the capacity is limited and long lines form at the ticket office to try to get tickets. If you don't mind the risk of queuing up and not getting tickets for the same day, I recommend you take a look at the conditions: to try your luck and take advantage of the reduced price on children's tickets at the box office.
Of course, you will have to bring a identity document where you can verify the age of the children in the access to the Alhambra.
Get your tickets online
However, if the children are older and you think they can have fun doing a guided visit to the Alhambra:, I recommend this option without a doubt. Not only will you enjoy the beautiful views of the Andalusian palatine city, its gardens and fountains, but you will hear some very curious legends and learn very interesting things in a fun way.
This kind of tours are adapted to families and the guides are very nice with the kids so a guided tour of the Alhambra is a fantastic idea if you want to make a different plan with your family and at the same time know in detail this monument.
If you want to book your places in one of these tours that go around the Nasrid fortress, in Hellotickets: you can find tickets or guided tours to the Alhambra where the price of the children's ticket is also somewhat lower than that of adults. So you can save without having to get tickets at the last minute once you're in Granada!
3. Immerse them in the history of the monument.
When visiting the Alhambra with children, it is a good idea to first prepare the visit with them so that they know something about what they are going to see and can let their imagination run wild once they are inside.
For example, you can introduce them to its history by telling them when it was built, who lived in this place, what life was like here, etc.
In fact, there are books about the Alhambra and its legends dedicated to children that can help you in this task, such as "La Alhambra contada a los niños" by Ricardo Villa Real Molina or "Cuentos de la Alhambra para niños" by Washington Irving, an adaptation for children of the original work of the American writer.
Older kids will probably know it from their history classes at school or from having seen it in TV series such as "Isabel" where the reconquest of the kingdom of Granada is told.
4. Bring some snacks and drinks.
The visit to the Alhambra is long (about 3 hours) so it is likely that at some point during the tour the children will get hungry and thirsty. It is important that you don't get caught off guard and that you carry plenty of water and some snacks in your backpack or bag, as there are no places to have a drink inside.
5. Better to go to see it in the morning.
In Granada it is hot, especially in summer, so if you are going to visit the Alhambra with children I recommend you to do it early in the morning when it is still cool. The kids wake up full of energy and can make the most of the route through the monument.
In addition, early in the day there are usually not so many tourists or large groups so it will be more pleasant to walk around without crowds, take pictures, enjoy the details and even take a break to regain strength during the visit.
6. Prepare your clothes for the visit.
As with any excursion with children, there are some details to keep in mind when planning your trip, such as the weather and the children's clothing.
Many families take advantage of the summer vacations to visit the Alhambra and at this time of the year it is usually very hot in Granada. Remember to protect children from the sun by wearing a hat and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen on their skin because they will be exposed to outdoor spaces such as the Generalife and its gardens or the Partal.
Do not forget to dress them with comfortable shoes because the visit to the Nasrid fortress is long and they will walk a lot from one place to another. In addition, they will probably take advantage of the outdoor trails to play and run, so for that day it is best to put them in shoes that they already have tamed so they can enjoy themselves to the fullest.
7. Make a stop in the toilets before starting the route.
Before starting the visit to the Alhambra with children it is essential to take them to the toilets, since inside the monumental complex there are hardly any toilets and we know that the kids have an emergency at any time.
At the entrances to the palatine city and in the vicinity of the Palace of Charles V you will find a toilet area. Keep this in mind when planning your visit!
8. Leave the baby stroller in the locker room to see the Alhambra.
Those of you with babies or children who do not walk much should know that access to the Alhambra with baby carriages is not allowed for reasons of conservation of the monument.
However, don't worry because there is a free baby carrier service (up to a maximum of 12 kg) for visitors who need it and want to leave the strollers in the cloakroom. You will find it at the Wine Gate and you can use it by presenting your ticket.
It is a good option to move more freely and to make a visit to the Alhambra with children more comfortable.
9. Plan your meals
When traveling with children, another important point to prepare in advance is where to eat after your visit.
This is not something that should be left to chance, as by the time you are done the kids might be very hungry and if you don't know Granada it is not advisable to make them wander around looking for a free table in such a touristy city, they might get tired and have a tantrum!
So before entering the first restaurant you come across, I recommend you check my article with Where to eat near the Alhambra:. You'll hit the nail on the head, for sure!
Take the tourist train to the Alhambra.
To make your visit to the Alhambra more exciting and fun, the day of the activity I recommend you to arrive on board the Granada City Tour tourist train (also known as the Alhambra Train), whose green line has a stop at the monument.
This way, the kids will not get tired walking up the slope that leads to the top of the Sabika hill, the place where the Andalusian palace city is located. It is important that they reserve their energy for the later visit.
It is a means of transport that makes a tour of the main tourist attractions of Granada and has an audio guide service and two special information channels for children that will explain in an entertaining way what you are seeing, so both adults and children will enjoy the experience.
In addition, thanks to the Hop-on Hop-off system, if you buy your ticket for the tourist train of Granada: you can use the vehicle as public transport to move between different parts of the city, as you can get on and off at any stop along the route.
It is a very useful option if you want to save time in the displacements or give your legs a rest after so much walking, especially if you travel with children. However, if you want to know other ways to get to the monument I recommend reading my article How to get to the Alhambra:.