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  • Address: Cuesta de Gomérez
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30am - 6pm (until 8pm Mar - Oct), open late Fri and Sat evenings. Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1
  • Admission: €12. Other areas of the complex have separate admission fees

The Alhambra is not only Spain’s greatest architectural treasure, but one of the world’s wonders. It might not wow you right up front like a Taj Mahal or a Great Pyramid, but soon enough that austere exterior reveals a wonderland of musical fountains, cunningly devised gardens and finely carved palaces. 

Its construction was begun in the 11th century on the red hill known as Assabika, which overlooks Granada. The Alcazaba fortress was the first structure to be built, followed by the royal palace and residence of members of the court.

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There’s a maze of halls and courtyards inside the Alhambra, including the Alcazaba fortress, the Serrallo, the Patio of los Arrayanes (Myrtle Courtyard), the Hall of la Barca, the Salon of the Embajadores (Ambassadors Hall), the Patio de los Leones (Lions Courtyard), the Hall of the Abencerrajes, the Royal Baths and the Palace of Charles V.

Impressive as the buildings are, many find the gardens of the Alhambra the most beguiling part of their visit. The Generalife Gardens were built as a retreat for the Moorish kings of Granada and are rich with flower gardens and water features. It’s a tranquil way to end your Alhambra day.

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