The Alhambra is one of the most beautiful monuments in Spain, which receives thousands of visitors every year. It is a unique palatine city in Europe and a cultural reference of Hispano-Muslim art in the West whose beauty has inspired travelers from all corners of the world.
To visit it you will have to buy a ticket. Getting tickets for the Alhambra on the Internet is easy because the offer is wide and varied. However, the possibility of finding discounts that allow you to see it paying less money or even for free is not so easy, although there are some exceptions.
If you would like to know if you are one of the visitors who can have access to cheaper tickets for the Alhambra I advise you to read on.
The most cost-effective way to see the Alhambra: a guided tour
If you are traveling to Granada on a tight budget and you want to save as much as possible when visiting the Alhambra because you have other activities scheduled, you can always buy the single ticket (without guided tour or audio guide) on the official website of the monument or at the ticket office.
However, these tickets have no cancellation option in case of unforeseen circumstances and if you choose to get them at the box office for the same day, the queues can be endless and you run the risk of running out of them as places are limited. The standard price for adult tickets is 14 euros.
In my opinion, for a little more money the best option to explore this mythical Nasrid palace city is to take a guided tour of the Alhambra with a professional guide who will reveal all the secrets of this landmark of architecture and Islamic art in Spain
The price of guided tours of the Alhambra varies depending on the type of tour you book and what the tour includes but in Hellotickets you can find options from 37 euros.
How can I save on tickets to the Alhambra?
The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most famous and visited monuments in Spain. As you can guess, it is difficult to find discounts, offers or cheap tickets at the last minute. However, it is not impossible to save money when buying tickets for the Alhambra. I'll tell you how you can do it, it's very easy!
Buying a ticket at the ticket office
One option is to try to get a single ticket without a guided tour for the same day of the visit at the ticket office. Although it is a little cheaper I do not recommend it because the demand to see the Alhambra is very high and places are limited.
Tickets are usually sold out in no time and it is not worth standing in endless lines at the ticket office. Your time is also valuable and if you buy tickets for the Alhambra online and in advance you can spend it doing other more fun activities in Granada.
Visiting the Alhambra with the Granada Card
Another possibility to save money on your visit to the Alhambra is to get the Granada Card, a tourist pass with which you can visit the Alhambra and the Generalife as well as other interesting attractions in the city. On the other hand, with this card you can also use the city bus to move from one place to another comfortably seated.
Purchasing the Granada Card has several advantages. Not only will you save time (because presenting this pass you will not need to queue at the ticket office of each monument to get tickets) but also money because this tourist card of 24, 48 or 72 hours will allow you to access with a reduced or flat rate to the main attractions of Granada. In addition, you can enjoy discounts on other tourist services.
Children from 2 to 11 years old can also use the Granada Card for children, which includes the same services as the adult card, so if you are traveling as a family this is an option to consider to save a little more.
Take advantage of discounts
The Alhambra has some discounts for specific groups (people with disabilities, European Youth Card holders, EU citizens over 65 years, etc.) who can buy tickets at a lower price than the general public but in order to benefit from such discounts is essential that these people present a supporting document at the box office.
Who has access to discounted rates at the Alhambra
The visit to the Alhambra in Granada is paid and to access you will need to buy a ticket. However, some groups can get them at a lower price than the general public.
Broadly speaking, this is the list of people who could benefit from discounts to visit the Alhambra:
- European Youth Card holders.
- EU citizens over 65 years old.
- Groups linked to cultural or educational institutions with 15 or more members, with prior authorization.
- Disabled persons.
If you are one of them you will have to present at the ticket office of the monument a supporting document that makes you a beneficiary of the discount. To do this procedure and get your final ticket I recommend you to go with enough time in advance so that this management does not take too much time of your visit to the Alhambra.
Tickets for children of the Alhambra
Tickets at the ticket office
Families who want to try to get single tickets without guided tour for the same day of the visit at the ticket office can take advantage of free or discounted tickets for children.
- The general visit for children up to 11 years (inclusive) is free when accompanied by an adult.
- The general visit for children from 12 to 15 (inclusive) will have a reduced price of 8 euros when accompanied by an adult.
However, you will have to bring an identity document where they can verify the age of the child at the ticket office and access to the Alhambra.
Even being free, it is mandatory for any visitor to have a ticket to access the monumental complex as it is a guarantee against any incident that could occur in it.
Buy tickets online
The great advantage of booking your tickets to the Alhambra online and in advance is that you will have the tickets with you before you start your trip and you will not have to queue endlessly at the ticket office to try to get one of the tickets that go on sale for the same day.
The capacity is limited and the demand is very high so you could run the risk of running out of tickets after having been there so long waiting.
In Hellotickets you can find tickets or guided tours to the Alhambra where the price of children's tickets is also somewhat lower than for adults, so you can save money without having to get tickets at the last minute once in Granada!
When is it free to enter the Alhambra?
At present there is no specific day on which you can enter the Alhambra for free. To visit the interior of the monumental complex it is necessary to purchase a ticket beforehand.
However, there are some exceptions that will allow you to enjoy the Alhambra without spending a euro. Here's how you can do it!
If you are from Granada or resident in Granada
The Alhambra is the great emblem of the city of Granada and with the aim of raising awareness of its historical and cultural importance among the local population, the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife launched an initiative so that all residents of Granada and residents in the province can enter for free on weekends.
Those who want to visit the Alhambra for free and free of charge have to make a reservation online by filling out the form and attaching the required supporting documentation. Another option is to make the reservation in person at the Residents' Office located in the Corral del Carbon.
Unfortunately, people who are not from Granada or do not live there cannot participate in this initiative, but foreigners still have another option to see the Alhambra without opening their wallets.
If you are a foreign traveler
If on your trip to Granada you are on a tight budget and prefer not to buy tickets to the Alhambra to see other places or in case you finally can not get tickets to the monument, do not worry because you can always visit the free part of the Nasrid palace city and take some beautiful pictures as a souvenir.
Although the free part is the least spectacular part of the monumental complex, it has some very interesting places that you will be able to see, for example:
- The walls
- The Gate of Justice, which is the most iconic of the enclosure.
- The Plaza de los Aljibes
- The Puerta de los Carros
- The Palace of Charles V, which houses the museums of the Alhambra and the Museum of Fine Arts.
- 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.
- The Calle Real, the main street of the old Medina that has been preserved since the Middle Ages.
- The Parador de Turismo de Granada in the Alhambra
Another place you can go for free to enjoy the wonderful Alhambra is the viewpoint of San Nicolas in the Albaicin neighborhood.
It is said that there is the most beautiful sunset in Spain and from this place 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.
In short, what can I see for free at the Alhambra?
Access to the monumental complex of the Alhambra in Granada is paid and you will need to buy a ticket to take a tour of the Nasrid palace city. However, there are some sites in the Alhambra that you can see without spending money.
To make it clearer, here is a summary of what you can see in the Alhambra for free and what you can't see:
Requires a paid entrance fee
- The Nasrid Palaces
- The gardens and the Generalife Palace
- The Alcazaba
- The Bath of the Mosque
It is free and does not require an entrance fee
- The Walls
- The Gate of Justice
- The Plaza de los Aljibes
- The Palace of Charles V, which houses the Alhambra Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.
- The Royal Street of the Alhambra
- The Wine Gate
- The viewpoint of San Nicolas
- The Gate of the Carts
- The Parador de Turismo de Granada in the Alhambra, a former convent of the fifteenth century built by the Catholic Monarchs.