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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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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 906 Reviews

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

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.90

Granada Day Trip from Seville Including Skip-the-Line Entrance to Alhambra Palace and Optional Albaicin Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 194 Reviews

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

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.60
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Historical Granada Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

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

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.90

2-Day Spain Tour: Costa Del Sol to Madrid via Granada and Toledo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

On this two day excursion from Costa del Sol, you will pass through Granada and Toledo on your way to Madrid, stopping at the World Heritage site of Alhambra ...  Read more

Location: Costa del Sol, concludes Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 days / 1 night

From USD $252.58

Granada Day Trip including Alhambra and Generalife Gardens from Seville

4 star rating: Recommended 315 Reviews

Take a trip to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, one of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the world, on a day trip from Seville. Granada is home to ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.36

Granada Day Trip from Malaga, including the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens

4 star rating: Recommended 189 Reviews

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

Location: Malaga, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.74

Skip the Line: Alhambra Tour and Granada Hammam

4 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

Combine a visit to the Alhambra, Granada’s top historical site, with an afternoon of blissful indulgence at the city’s Arab baths -- Hammam Al Andalus. Start ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 7.5 - 8 hours

From USD $93.98

8-Day Spain Tour Including Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Discover beautiful Barcelona, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Toledo and the highlights of Spain’s Andalusia region on this 8-day tour. Spend two days exploring ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,238.30

9-Day Best of Spain Tour Including Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

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

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $1,115.09

8-Day Southern Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

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

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $911.79

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