Information: Granada's Alhambra Palace

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Sunset over Granada's Alhambra Palace.


Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period, and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs, invading the peninsula in the 8th century, gave it its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.



One of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. This mighty compound of buildings – including the summer palace called Generalife, with its fountains and gardens - stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada.


At the centre of the Alhambra stands the massive Palace of Charles V, an outstanding example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Other major Christian monuments found in the city are the Cathedral, including the Royal Chapel where Isabel and Ferdinand lie buried, the Monastery of La Cartuja and many churches built by Moorish craftsmen after the Reconquest, in Granada's unique "mudéjar" style.


The accuracy of the following information was checked on 12th March 2006. It may be subject to changes in the future so we advise you to phone to reserve your tickets.

If you are only coming to Granada for a day or two it's worth getting your tickets in advance because there can be long queues and it may even be impossible. This page contains all the information that you will need. Further information can be found on Alhambras's Official Website


In advance - On the day - Prices - Opening hours - How to get there

In advance:  

You can buy tickets with a credit card by phoning:
902 22 44 60 within Spain or +34 915 37 91 78 from outside of Spain.
They give you a ticket number and you have to state the day and time of your visit. You can pick up the tickets in the special queue at the Alhambra ticket office. The name of the queue is the "Taquilla de reserva" and it will be much faster than the normal queue.

The girl who answers the phone can speak English. Using this system you can buy your ticket up to a year in advance. You can't buy the tickets on the same day as your visit using this system.

They accept visa, mastercard, Eurocard and Maestro (American express is not accepted.)

Note: You can only buy 5 tickets at a time by phone. If you want to buy more than five just get two different people to phone and buy them with 2 different credit cards.

Tip: Recently they have introduced a new system whereby rather than giving each person 1 ticket they issue a group ticket. The problem with this is if you lose your companions you won't be able to get in anywhere. If you are a group of 3 or 4 and you don't want to stick together insist that they give you a ticket each. Also a mobile phone is useful if you lose each other.

On the day:  
With this system you can only buy tickets for the same day as your visit. You can buy the tickets at the ticket office at the Alhambra itself. Here you have to pay in cash: they do not accept credit cards. The queue may be long.  

Day visit (General: Nazrid palaces, Alcazaba, Generalife): 10.88 euros

Day visit (Gardens: Paseo de los Cipreses, Secano, SanFrancisco Gardens; Alcazaba; Generalife):  5.88 euros

Night visit: 10.88 euros

People over 65 and pensioners withing the EU: 7.88 euros (you'll have to prove it)

Children less than 8 and handicapped people: 0.88 euro

Authorised educational groups: Please phone 958 22 09 12 and ask for info.

Opening hours:  
Morning and Afternoon visits (Day visits): For a day visit you have to choose a morning or afternoon visit. With a ticket for the morning you have to arrive before 2pm and with an afternoon ticket you have to arrive after 2pm. You can stay in the grounds until closing time whatever time of day it says on your ticket.

Entrance to the Nazrid Palaces: You are given a window of half an hour to arrive at the Nazrid Palaces. Apart from this you are free to visit the other parts of the Alhambra without time restrictions.


March to October
8:30 am - 8pm
Monday to sunday
The ticket office is open from 8am to 7pm

November to Feberuary
8:30 am - 6pm
Monday to sunday
The ticket office is open from 8am to 5pm

This is only to the Nazrid palaces.

March to October
10pm - 11:30pm
Tuesday to Saturday
The ticket office is open from 9:30pm - 10:30pm

November to Feberuary
8pm - 9:30pm
Only Friday and Saturday
The ticket office is open from 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Closing days:
The monument will be closed on the 25th December and the 1st January.

How to get there  

Map and directions will be provide with Welcome Pack on arrival


Tip. always allow extra time for site seeing on route.