To visit the Alhambra is a unique experience. But, unfortunately, a bad planning can completely ruin that precious moment. In order to avoid that, here we provide you some tips that will help you make the best of your visit of the Alhambra.
There are many ways and different places where you can buy tickets to Alhambra.
A first option could be the Official Ticket Office of the Alhambra, but we have to advice you that long waiting queues are common and even after getting your turn, tickets might have run out.
Other option is giong to an agency authorized by the Council of Alhambra to sell entrance tickets, where they usually sell the ticket to the Alhambra together with additional services, for example Alhambra visit with local guide or visit with an audio guide, or much better, an unique Private Tour to Alhambra with entrance tickets and a private guide only for you and your family or friends.
There are also several websites, like tickets-alhambra.com. Here you can buy tickets to Alhambra easily, in only few steps choosing the favorite date & time of your visit.
What we really recommend is to carefully look and check all the different options that the market offers you. Before buying, compare and then choose the option that suits your interests better.
In order to organize the visit of the Alhambra, there are several things you can’t miss. All the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra (Alcazaba Fortress, Nasrid Palaces, the Partal Palace & Gardens and the Generalife Gardens) has a huge extension. It has more than 10 hectares surface, and around 6 hectares of built surface.
If you would like to discover at your own pace every corner, every hall, every viewpoint without rush, where you set up the pace and the times, there are 2 possibilities: visitting the Alhambra with only your ticket to Alhambra, or booking, apart of your entrance ticket, an audio guide system, in order to receive more information about the points of interest in the Alhambra. This way, you won’t be stucked into a group visit following a pre-designed itinerary. You will decide where to go and what to visit. Apart of it, there’s no limit time for this type of visit. You may stay in Alhambra as long as you wish, enjoying the most of this beautiful enclave. The only thing you will need to consider, is the the specific access time for the Nasrid Palaces, which is written on your ticket.
If you prefer someone accompanying you during your visit, you can also opt to join a group in a guided visit of Alhambra. This way, you would do the visit with a group, led by an official guide of the Alhambra. The maximum number of people per group is 30. This is the most demanded type of visit because you will have at your disposal a professional guide with a wide knowledge of history, culture and architecture that will let you understand this monument better. Besides, your guide will tell you stories and anecdotes of the Arabian sultans who inhabited these palaces. You won’t have to worry about “where to go” or “what to visit”, as your local guide will take care of your visit, showing the most of Alhambra.
Another way to explore Alhambra
Otra manera de visitar La Alhambra es la visita privada de La Alhambra. Es una visita exclusiva, a medida. Tendría a su disposición un guía oficial de La Alhambra exclusivamente para Usted, además de su entrada al monumento. Según su interés y deseo, su guía le diseñará un recorrido acorde con sus preferencias y necesidades.
La mejor manera de visitar La Alhambra es al fin y al cabo, como cada uno quiera y se sienta más a gusto.
It’s important to know about the existence of different entrance tickets for the Alhambra:
Each option to visit the Alhambra has its own price, the best is to decide how do you want to visit the Alhambra in order to get the most suitable tickets.
There are different ways to buy tickets for the Alhambra. The first is the traditional way, in other words, directly purchasing the tickets at the official ticket office of the Alhambra. It’s important to remember that there are always endless lines and there’s even the risk of finding yourselves with no possibilities of visit the Alhambra because tickets have been sold out.
Another way is booking through a travel agency authorized by the Council of the Alhambra to officially sell tickets. Many of this travel agencies also have their own website, so the most comfortable way to acquire your tickets for the Alhambra is through trusted websites like Tickets-Alhambra.com, just from home in few easy steps.
Visitting the Alhambra of Granada, strolling through its palaces, gardens, towers… is quite an experience fulfilled with sensations. It’s like a trip back in time veiled by mysteries and unknowns.
The Alhambra is divided in several parts. Depending on the time available, it’s possible to visit the whole Monumental Complex (very recommended) or at least the wonderful Nasrid Palaces, heart of the Alhambra.
The Alhambra was the last Moorish palace inhabited in the western world. The Nasrid Palaces were partly dedicated to government and administration of the Kingdom of Granada and partly to the Sultan’s private residence. We can enjoy the Mexuar, the most antique place of Alhambra, the Comares Palace, the Arrayanes Court, the Ambassadors Hall, the Lions Court, the Abencerrages Hall…
Outside the Nasrid Palaces we can visit the Alcazaba (old fortress and military district), which gifts us stunning views of the city center of Granada, the Albaicin and Sacromonte…
Between the Alcazaba and the Nasrid Palaces lays the Palace of Charles V. Built in a renaissance style, it was never completed but it’s still worth a visit.
Then, on the way to the Generalife, we can find the Church of Santa María de la Alhambra, the antique mosque. Right by the church, there are the public baths, the Hammam.
In the Generalife, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens of all Granada. There you can visit see the summer palace of the sultans who once governed the Kingdom of Granada.
How to visit the Alhambra depends on the option you chose for the visit. The most important thing that somehow conditions the visit is the time to enter the Nasrid Palaces. In the entrance ticket, right at the bottom is written a time: it shows the entrance time to the Nasrid Palaces. Getting into the Nasrid Palaces on time, as shown in the ticket, is a must. We only have a half an hour to get in (from the indicated time), after that time, the ticket will be invalidated for the Nasrid Palaces, the most beautiful part of the Monumental Complex of Alhambra, and the right to visit them will be lost. Therefore, the route has to be organized in a way that permits arriving on time to the Nasrid Palaces.
If you choose to visit the Alhambra with an official guide there’s not much to worry about: your guide will organize the visit in such a way you can see the most important of the Alhambra, making the best of your time inside the monument.
For the self-guided visit of Alhambra, with ticket and electronic guide, our staff will advise you the best itinerary depending on the time to get into the Nasrid Palaces.
The historical and cultural offer of Granada is so wide that provides us an endless list of things to do and see.
The visit of Alhambra is essential. But besides, it’s worth getting lost in the narrow streets and squares of the city center: Zacatín street, Bib-Rambla Square, the old Alcaicería that once was the famous Silk Market, Navas street, famous for the most authentic tapas bars in the center of Granada, Plaza del Carmen, Calle Angel Ganivet with its majestic arches… the Fountain of the Battles…
We can’t leave the city without having visited the Cathedral of Granada, the brightest cathedral in Spain. It’s also a must to visit the Royal Chapel, where the Catholic Kings tombs are. Another almost mandatory visit is the San Juan de Dios Basilica.
Another part of Granada that we can visit to get closer to the origins of the city is the famous Albaicin, declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. A little walk through this famous neighborhood takes us through the Agua Street till Plaza Larga, the Weights Arch, until we arrive to the San Nicolás Square to enjoy a magnificent view of the Alhambra and the Generalife. Going down through the lattice of alleys from the Albaicin we will see a lot of tiny Grenadian Cármenes (small courtyards) which gift special interest to this muslim-hispanical neighborhood. There’s a mandatory stop at the Nasrid house-museum of Zafra, where you can find the Interpretation Center of the Albaizin. And of course, continue through the Calderería Vieja Street known as the Street of the Tearooms because of its big amount of tea and coffe shops and arabian handcraft shops.
Tired of walking through the streets of Granada we should find us a table in one of the terraces in Navas Street and enjoy the tapas and dishes that this street provides.
Already night time, we can’t miss visiting an authentic flamenco show, the typical gypsy Zambra, in one of the famous Cuevas del Sacromonte.