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Night Visits to the Granada Alhambra Palace

Discover the Alhambra by night on a very special night tour through the most emblematic corners of the monument, a visit you won't forget!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

7 min read

Night Visits to the Granada Alhambra Palace

The Alhambra at night | Tetiana Shyshkin

Considered the eighth wonder of the world, the beauty of the Alhambra in Granada has inspired travelers from around the world for generations. In daylight, the Nasrid fortress looks imposing and monumental but after sunset, darkness and silence envelop it in a mysterious and fascinating atmosphere worth seeing.

Contemplating the Alhambra in the moonlight is a magical experience that you cannot miss during your trip. Below, I tell you how to get your tickets to the Alhambra and everything you should know about night visits.

How to get tickets to visit the Alhambra by night

Illuminated Alhambra with Granada in the background| ©Pablo
Illuminated Alhambra with Granada in the background| ©Pablo

There are currently two types of night visits to the Alhambra: the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife Palace and gardens. As with the daytime visits, you will also need to purchase a ticket to the Alhambra at night to see these areas of the monument separately.

The price for night tickets to the Nasrid Palaces (which includes access to the Mexuar, Comares Palace, Palace of the Lions and Corridor - Lindaraja) is 8 euros while night tickets to visit the Generalife Palace and gardens cost 5 euros.

Anyway, in my opinion, buying tickets at the box office is not the best option. My advice is to buy tickets to the Alhambra online and in advance to save you from having to queue endlessly at the ticket office. The Alhambra is one of the most visited monuments in Spain even at night!

There are many people who have already seen the monument in the morning and now want to return to see it at night and live an original and different experience under the stars. If you don't book your tickets to the Alhambra in advance you could run the risk of running out of them since the capacity is limited, and that would be a shame!

Book your tickets for the Alhambra

How to make a guided tour at night in the Alhambra

Illuminated decoration at night| ©Daniel Lobo
Illuminated decoration at night| ©Daniel Lobo

Guided tours of the Alhambra are the best way to explore the mythical Nasrid palace city, the last living trace of this dynasty in Spain.

During the tour, you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will tell you all about the history and architecture of this reference point of Hispano-Muslim art in the West, explaining in detail all the sites you see. Thanks to their experience, they know how to turn a cultural visit into something fun and interesting, so a night visit to the Alhambra is a plan that you definitely have to do during your stay.

The price of guided tours to the Alhambra varies depending on the type of tour you book and what the tour includes. In Hellotickets you can compare guided night tours to the Alhambra, ticket availabilities and prices, you are sure to find the one that best suits you!

Book your tickets for the Alhambra

Is it worth seeing the Alhambra at night?

Enjoy the beauty of the Alhambra and its illumination.| ©www.twin-loc.fr
Enjoy the beauty of the Alhambra and its illumination.| ©www.twin-loc.fr

Absolutely. If the beauty of the Alhambra is striking in daylight, I must say that at night it shines with a special charm. To contemplate it in the stillness of the night and the moonlight is a magical experience.

Despite the darkness in which the visit takes place, the spaces are well illuminated, which allows us to better appreciate certain ornamental elements such as the reliefs of the plasterwork, the chiaroscuro of the architecture or the muqarnas. At night the Alhambra displays its colors and beauty in all its splendor!

In addition, as the Alhambra takes place during the silence of the night and there are not as many tourists as in the morning, the walk through the Alhambra is quiet and you can enjoy much more of the fusion between the palatine city and the surrounding nature. Contemplating the Alhambra at night while listening to the sound of the water in the background is an intimate and cozy experience.

In any case, I believe that night visits to the Alhambra are complementary to daytime visits and not a substitute for them. That is, they provide a different and unique view of the monument but if it is the first time you go to the Alhambra I recommend a daytime visit because you can tour the entire enclosure and you will have a global vision of the fortress, while in the night visits you are only allowed to see a part: the Nasrid Palaces or the Generalife and its gardens.

In short, I recommend a night visit to the Alhambra if you already know the monumental complex and want to enjoy the views of this beautiful place in an original and surprising way while discovering its legends and its most enigmatic side.
However, if you are one of those travelers who prefer to avoid the morning crowds when visiting the palatine city, I think the night tours of the Alhambra can also be a very interesting option for you. So don't hesitate, you will have a great time!

Book your tickets for the Alhambra

How much does it cost to visit the Alhambra at night?

Interior decoration of the Alhambra| ©Daniel Lobo
Interior decoration of the Alhambra| ©Daniel Lobo

The night tours of the Alhambra do not cover the entire monumental complex but a small part (although very important, yes) where you can only see the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Palace and gardens. The price, therefore, is lower than the general daytime ticket which costs 14 euros at the box office.

Thus, the price of night tickets to the Nasrid Palaces (which includes access to the Mexuar, Comares Palace, Palace of the Lions, the Palace of Charles V and Corridor - Lindaraja) is 8 euros while night tickets to visit the Generalife Palace and gardens cost 5 euros.

In the case of a guided tour of the Alhambra, the entrance fee may be a little higher but it is well worth it as you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will explain the history and architecture of this monument in an entertaining way, so you will get the most out of your visit. You will not miss any detail!

Book your tickets for the Alhambra

How long does the guided tour of the Alhambra last?

Admire the beauty of the Alhambra by night| ©Paul VanDerWerf
Admire the beauty of the Alhambra by night| ©Paul VanDerWerf

Unlike the daytime tours that usually last between 3 and 4 hours because they cover the entire complex, the night tours of the Alhambra are shorter since they only cover either the Nasrid Palaces or the Generalife Palace and gardens. Normally the guided night tour of the Alhambra lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Can I visit the Alhambra at night with children?

Beautiful muqarnas decoration| ©Andrew Nash
Beautiful muqarnas decoration| ©Andrew Nash

Of course. The guided tours of the Alhambra are adapted to families and the guides are very friendly with children.

However, the people who know the kids best to know if a tour of this kind is right for them are their parents. If so, I highly recommend the night tour because not only will they enjoy the beautiful views of the Alhambra but they will learn things in a fun way and hear some very curious legends.

If the children are still small, sometimes parents prefer to visit the monuments at their own pace in case at some point there is an emergency or you have to take a break to eat or play a little. If you think your family will be more comfortable visiting the Alhambra at night on their own, it is best to buy general admission tickets.

What are the night hours of the Alhambra?

Don't miss out on an unforgettable experience| ©Ben30
Don't miss out on an unforgettable experience| ©Ben30

To visit the Alhambra at night there are two types of visits, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife Palace and gardens. Both are done at the same time but separately.

  • Summer night visit (from April 1 to October 14): from 10 PM to 11:30 PM.
  • Night visit in winter schedule (from October 15 to March 31): from 8 PM to 9:30 PM.

What will I see during the night visit to the Alhambra?

Beautiful views from the Generalife| ©www.twin-loc.fr
Beautiful views from the Generalife| ©www.twin-loc.fr

Nasrid Palaces

The Nasrid Palaces was the complex where the kings of Granada resided. They are composed of three independent buildings known as the Mexuar (audience area), the Palace of Comares (official house of the king) and the Palace of the Lions (the harem and the abode of the royal family).

During the tour of the Nasrid Palaces you will see such beautiful rooms as the Hall of the Abencerrajes (the king's bedroom), the Hall of Ambassadors (the symbolic center of Nasrid power), the Hall of the Kings (the Sultan's council room), the Court of the Myrtles (where embassy receptions were held) or the Court of the Lions (an allegory of paradise).

These palaces are a sample of the sophistication and good taste of the Nasrid kings, the last rulers of Al-Andalus. During the visit to the Nasrid Palaces I recommend that you pay attention to the wonderful ornamental motifs that decorate them as the impressive muqarnas in arches and domes, the glazed tile plinths or the spectacular plasterwork.

The Generalife Palace and gardens

The Generalife was the summer villa of the Nasrid kings, where they went when they wanted to relax and escape the formalities of the court.

Located on the Cerro del Sol, it is one of the most beautiful places in the Alhambra and one of the few almunias that have survived from medieval times in all of Al-Andalus.

Strolling through the Generalife, among its gardens and manicured courtyards, is a delight at night. An oasis of tranquility where you can enjoy the fresh air and the soothing sound of water from the fountains and pools of the palace.