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.
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.
Tours & Tickets
Explore Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens on this 2.5-hour skip-the-line walking tour, led by a professional local guide. With hotel pickup and drop-off from ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Granada Day Trip from Seville Including Skip-the-Line Entrance to Alhambra Palace and Optional Albaicin Walking Tour
Experience Andalusia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonders on this day trip from Seville to Granada. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Alhambra Palace’s ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
Visit Granada and the Alhambra Palace, one of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the world, on a day trip from Malaga. Along with the Alhambra and its ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra palace complex independently with a GPS audio guide. After picking up your handheld navigation device in ... Read more
Duration: Flexible - 1 day
Get to know Spain in just eight days on this tour from Madrid to Toledo and Andalusia's most famous cities: Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol and Granada! You’ll ... Read more
Duration: 8 days (approx.)
Experience the best of Spain on this 9-day tour from Madrid. See famous Park Güell in Barcelona; visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra Palace and ... Read more
Duration: 9 days (approx.)
See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra palace complex by land and air on this private sightseeing tour from Granada! Led by a knowledgeable guide, your ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Immerse yourself in Granada's rich history on this informative sightseeing tour of the city as you meander through the old quarter of Albaycin, visit the Royal ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)