The Alhambra in Granada
The most visited monument of Spain
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.
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.
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.
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.
route for the daytime visit.
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).
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.
for handicapped visitors
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.
March to October
Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 20.00. The ticket office will open from 8.00
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.
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
Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 18.00. The ticket office will open from 8.00
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.
The monument will be closed on Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st.
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
We recommend the advanced purchase.
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.