- Things to Do in Granada
- What You Should Know About the Alhambra
- Stay at the Alhambra (yes, it's a hotel too!)
Advantages of an Alhambra Guided TourIf you only ever take one guided tour in your life, take an Alhambra tour. Visiting the Alhambra by yourself is, frankly, a hassle - a guide is virtually indispensable. Here's why.
- An expert's knowledge Don't bury your noise in a guide book. Instead, have your guide tell you all you need to know.
- No lines Especially in summer, there can be long lines to buy tickets. I've heard of people lining up from 6am! A tour avoids all this.
- Guaranteed ticket And then there's the possibility that tickets sell out.
- No chance of messing up Making your way around the Alhambra isn't easy. You can only enter certain places at certain times, and some places only once. A guide helps you avoid this.
- Hotel pick-up The Alhambra is at the top of a hill. The elderly and infirm (and lazy!) will appreciate the ride.
Alternatively, good luck with the information below!
Types of Alhambra Tickets
There are three main types of Alhambra entry tickets.
- General Entry Allows entry to the Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife gardens. Price: 12€
- Gardens Only Access to the Nasrid Palaces or the Patio de la Acequia is not available with these tickets. Price: 6€
- Night Visits Entry from 20:00 to 21:30 from November to February, 22:00 to 23:30 at all other times. Price: 12€
How to Book Your Alhambra Tickets
Note that with all advanced bookings you will have to pick up your ticket at the Alhambra ticket office. This requires standing in line twice - once to get your ticket and again to actually get inside. Bring your passport with you & your credit card (if you're paying by card) as proof of identification and get there well in advance to make sure you don't miss your slot (see below). Weekends are especially difficult to get tickets as Spaniards from all over the country flock to Granada on their days off. Book at least two days in advance if planning to visit the Alhambra on a Saturday or Sunday. April is also a very popular month and bookings should be made a week in advance. Remember that only five tickets can be bought at any one time.
When you book your ticket, there will be 30-minute time slot for you to enter the palace e.g. 13:00-13:30. The time of your palace entry will also dictate when you can enter the Alhambra grounds - either the morning session (8.30am to 2pm) or the afternoon session (2pm until 6pm (winter) or 8pm (summer)).
These are the options open to you for booking your Alhambra tickets.
- Alhambra Guided Tours
There are a number of reasons why a guided tour of the Alhambra is a good idea:
- Considering how big the Alhambra is, a guided tour is a great way to see the many buildings and gardens.
- A tour also guarantees entry even when everything seems fully booked, as official guides have their own allotted tickets. Be careful, as the price of some guided tours do not include the entry price (this is true of many attractions throughout Spain). The tour offered below does include entry.
- There is no need to line up to get your tickets, enter the grounds or to enter the palace.
Alhambra Tours from Granada
Alhambra Tours from Other Cities
- Over the Internet
Tickets to the Alhambra can be bought over the internet at Alhambra Tickets. This is probably the easiest way of getting your Alhambra tickets, although sell out at least a week in advance at the busiest times (mid-August and Easter time).
- Over the Telephone
Call 902 224 460 in Spain or +34 915 379 178 if calling from overseas.
- In Person
The ticket office at the Alhambra is only open for on-the-day tickets. At the height of summer (mid-August) you have to line up from about 6am to be guaranteed a ticket.
I have met several people in Granada who threw caution to the wind and didn't book in advance - and they got in! 4pm seems to be a good time to try get in; people have said that the queues are shorter at this time. The advantage of this is that you only have to stand in line once, rather than have to line up once to pick up your ticket and again to actually get in. Note that these experiences are purely anecdotal - most do not recommend this option. It is certainly not recommended in the height of summer.
It is worth asking around when you get to Granada to gauge how busy it currently is. The biggest variable is how many Spanish people are making day trips or taking weekends away - around public holidays it is virtually impossible to get a ticket.
Alhambra Opening Times
Visit the following page for Alhambra Opening Times