OverviewThe Alhambra is the Moorish fortress complex in the hills above Granada in Andalusia. The seat of government for the ruling Moors until they were exiled in 1492, the Alhambra was later the home to Catholic Kings. The architecture is a mixture of the earlier Arabic style and the later Christian modifications, making the Alhambra a microcosm of Spanish history. Add to that some of the most beautiful gardens you will ever see and you have an impressive day out.
Tickets to the Alhambra are limited - scroll down for information on buying tickets to the Alhambra.
See also: Spend a Night in the Alhambra itself! (book direct)
Guided Tours of the AlhambraAlhambra tours last approximately two-and-a-half hours and can give you a great insight into the history and significance of the Alhambra. The place is so big, you'll welcome the guide if only because you won't get lost. You also get to avoid standing in line for hours.
What can you see at the Alhambra?There are two distinct elements to the Alhambra - the fortress complex and the Generalife gardens.
- Nasrid Palace
The Palaces of Mexuar, The Comares and Mohammed V. Marvelous Moorish architecture is the highlight of the Alhambra.
The military fortifications of the Alhambra.
- Palace of Charles V
An attempt to marry Christian design with the existing Arabic styling. Started in the 16th century but not finished until the 20th.
The Royal cemetery.
A mini-town, with public baths and housing for government officials.
- Museo de Bellas Artes
Granada's fine art museum is found within the grounds of the Alhambra.
An attraction in their own right (you can visit these alone, if you want). Orchards and gardens that surround the villas that the Moorish rulers used in their leisure time.
AdmissionThere are a number of types of tickets to the Alhambra - read more on Buying Alhambra Tickets
- Is it worth it? 13€ to see a sight nominated for the New Seven Wonders of the World? You bet it's worth it. Why else would people stand in line from six o'clock in the morning?