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 large 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.
Tickets to the Alhambra, at the best price and with guide included.
With this ticket you will enter the Alhambra without queues (essential) and you will visit the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife with an expert guide.
With availability every day of the week, this guided tour includes the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife as well as 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.
How much do tickets for the Alhambra cost?
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 cheapest for 31 € (including guided tour) to the most exclusive for 41 € if you want to make the visit in a small group. With both tickets is included access without queues.
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 entrance to the Alhambra?
The tickets that you can buy in Hellotickets include the access without queues 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 a 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 at 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 want to escape the crowds and enjoy a quiet tour, with less people around, the night tickets will be a great option.
In this article about 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 late in the day.
How long does it take to see the Alhambra?
Touring the Alhambra takes between 3 and 4 hours. It is a very large complex with a great extension of gardens, courtyards and rooms, details in the ceilings, columns and fountains that you will want to admire at every corner.
The duration of the visit to the Alhambra with an expert guide will be similar, approximately 3 to 4 hours and then you will have free time to stroll around the interior again at your leisure.
Alhambra opening hours
The Alhambra is open every day of the week, every day of the year (except Christmas and New Year). However, the opening and closing hours of the Alhambra 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 Alhambra opening hours to plan your visit in more detail.
Which day is best to visit the Alhambra
Considering its great affluence, it is best to avoid weekends and holidays to be able to visit it more calmly and avoid the crowds.
Even so, 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 will not feel overwhelmed.
Is it free to enter the Alhambra?
The people of Granada will be able to enter the Alhambra for free during the weekends. Thanks to the Diputación de Granada, each weekend there is a certain quota of free tickets to encourage visits among local tourists until full capacity is reached.
You can check the conditions on the website of the Patronato. If you are not a citizen or resident of Granada, you will have to book a guided tour or pay for your 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 how to get free or discounted tickets for the Alhambra.
Buy tickets for the Alhambra at the Alhambra ticket 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 your travel plan.
Given the great popularity of the Alhambra in Granada it is very usual that long queues form at the ticket office and it is possible that the seats are 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 a spare ticket, although it is usually difficult, if not impossible.
Are the tickets nominative and do I have to show my passport or ID card?
That's right. Tickets to the Alhambra are nominative, personal and non-transferable. For reasons of security and conservation of the monument, each visitor is required to present his or her passport, ID card or an original personal identification document issued by his or 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.
For your visit to the Alhambra to 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, so that nothing tarnishes your visit!
How to get to the Alhambra
Getting to the Alhambra is not difficult and as it happens every time you walk in Granada, you will enjoy every street and every corner. In addition, the whole complex is very well connected to the city center, so you can not only walk there but you can also choose to 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 cab for convenience or even arrive with your own car if you prefer (the latter option is very comfortable but not so practical, as 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 context of what they are going to see before arriving, they will understand it much better and will be delighted with the tour.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes and above all, protect them from the heat if you are visiting during the hottest months of the year. For the rest, you will have nothing to worry about, so enjoy!
Where to eat near the Alhambra
Maybe after (or before) your visit to the Alhambra you get the itch and you need to stop to recharge your batteries. Although it may seem that near such a touristy place you won't find something of good quality and price, don't worry: I have prepared a guide with the best places to eat near the Alhambra so you leave there with a good taste in your mouth.