The Alhambra in Granada
The most visited monument of Spain

The Alhambra - residence of the Nasrid sultans

The Alhambra was the official residence of the Nasrid sultans (13th - 15th century). It was at the same time a palace, a residential complex, and a fortified city. Inside its walls lived, apart from the royal family, workers who served the court, government officials and soldiers.

Important: We recommend the advanced purchase of the Alhambra tickets using our TRAVEL SERVICE. There is always a big demand for tickets and the number of tickets is limited.

Visiting the Alhambra

Access to the Nasrid palaces is restricted to 350 people every 30 minutes. The ticket is valid only for the day of the visit and on the ticket the time of access to the palaces is shown. One should bear in mind that the normal route around the Alhambra takes about three hours to walk 2.5 kms.

Daytime visit
This includes three areas: the Alcazaba (fortification), the Nasrid palaces and the Generalife and its gardens.

Restricted time of access to the Nasrid palaces.
Access to the Nasrid palaces is restricted to the half hour indicated on the ticket (350 people mamimum). If this is not done, then the right of entry will be lost and a new ticket will have to be bought. However, access to the Alcazaba or the Generalife has no fixed time.

Recommended route for the daytime visit.

The order of the visit to the three areas is determined by the time of access to the Nasrid palaces indicated on the ticket. There are three options:
1. Alcazaba - Nasrid palaces - Generalife
2. Nasrid palaces - Alcazaba - Generalife
3. Generalife - Alcazaba - Nasrid palaces

If one has more time
The following visits are recommended: The Justice Gate, the Introductory Exhibition ( which offers a history and understanding of the monument) and the Charles V palace (where the Alhambra Museum and the Fine Arts Museum are situated, both with special opening times).

Night-time visits

This itinerary takes in only part of the precinct and the palaces (the Mexuar and the Comares Palace and the Palace of the Lions). Capacity is restricted to 400 people (45 minutes duration). This itinerary allows a view of the monument without sunlight, and with dimmed, indirect lighting contrasting to the city lights. 

Access for handicapped visitors

There is a special itinerary for the physically handicapped which includes the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife. More information can be obtained from the information desk in the Entrance Pavilion or from any security guard of the Alhambra Trust. There are wheelchairs available in the infirmary for any visitor who may need one.


From March to October
Daytime visits:
Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 20.00. The ticket office will open from 8.00 to 19.00.
Night-time visits:
Every day, except Sundays and Mondays, from 22.00 to 23.30. The ticket office will open from 21.45. to 22.15. Access to the Palaces will be from 22.00 to 22.45.

Entrance to the Nasrid Palaces will stop one hour before closing time. Visitors will be asked to leave the precinct at closing time.

From November to February
Daytime visits:
Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 18.00. The ticket office will open from 8.00 to 17.00.
Night-time visits:
Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 21.30. The ticket office will open from 19.45 to 20.15. Access to the Palaces will be from 20.00 to 20.45.

Closing days
The monument will be closed on Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st.

Purchase of Tickets

Individual tourists:
Tickets can be purchased directly or in advance. In both cases, any individual can purchase a maximum of five tickets, which will be issued on a single bill. The bill will indicate the total price of the tickets.

Cancellation of bookings.
In the event of cancellation of bookings by the purchaser, the amount paid on account will be lost in any of the following circumstances:

- When there is a difference of more than 10% between the number of pre-paid tickets and the final number of purchased tickets. The withholding of the deposit will operate on the number of tickets which exceed this 10%.

- When bookings are cancelled less than three days in advance.

In both cases there will be a commission fee of 125 pesetas on each reimbursed ticket.

Important: We recommend the advanced purchase.


Daytime visit: 7 EURO

Night-time visit: 7 EURO

People over 65 years of age and pensioners of the European Union: 5 EURO. Pensioners will be asked to give proof of their condition on the date of the visit.

Commission fee of the selling bank (BBVA): 0,88 EURO per person.

Children under 8 and handicapped people:
Free admission.