The Alhambra Tours

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Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.

The Basics
The Alhambra is broken up into sections: the Generalife Gardens (a collection of courtyards, pools, and fountains); the Alcazaba (the remainders of a Moorish fortress); and the Nasrid Palace (the main palace complex). If visiting on your own, choose from four official ticket types that include access to various areas at different times. Or, opt for a guided tour or private tour to remove some guesswork and gain insights from a local tour guide. No matter how you visit, book early, as the number of daily visitors is limited and tours and tickets sell out fast.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Alhambra is incredibly popular, so be prepared to wait in line, even to pick up pre-booked tickets. Choosing a tour with skip-the-line entry will help maximize your time.
  • Visitors with disabilities should visit the Entrance Pavilion for information about accessibility. Wheelchairs are available.
  • The complex has four restrooms: in the Entrance Pavilion (near the ticket office), the Pavilion of Services, the Low Gardens, and the Sultana's Court.

How to Get to the Alhambra
Some visitors walk up to the Alhambra on one of the scenic routes from the city center. These paths are on a bit of an incline, but many believe the views are worth the slight workout. Those who would rather rest their legs can take a bus or taxi, or drive up independently (note that parking spaces are limited). Most guided Alhambra tours include round-trip transport from downtown Granada or from nearby cities such as Seville and Malaga.

When to Get There
The Alhambra is open year round, with varied hours based on the season and day of the week. Much of your visit will be outside, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. If you're visiting during the summer months, try to go at the earliest or latest available time slots to avoid the biggest crowds.

How to Choose Between a Night Visit and Day Visit to the Alhambra
The Alhambra is beautiful at all hours, so this is a matter of preference. Day tours are most common, but on a night tour, you get the unique experience of seeing the incredible site lit up against the dark sky. Visitors should note, however, that night tickets are separated between Nasrid Palace only or gardens only and cannot be combined. If you want to see both, choose a morning tour or afternoon tour.
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Address: Cuesta de Gomérez, Granada, Spain
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Hours: Daily 8:30am–6pm (until 8pm Mar–Oct), open late Fri and Sat evenings. Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1
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Admission: €12. Other areas of the complex have separate admission fees
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Alhambra Ticket with Audio Guide including Nasrid Palaces

Thousands visit Granada’s Alhambra each day and daily numbers are capped to help protect the complex. Book in advance to avoid disappointment and save vacation time with this skip-the-line audio guide ticket. Simply collect your ticket and audio guide at the entrance, bypass the ticket-purchase lines, and explore the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, and more your own way, dipping in and out of the audio commentary as you wish.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Genralife Gardens on a 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Sail past long lines at the entrance hall with an exclusive priority access pass, and then embark upon an enriching exploration of the palace complex. See the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid palaces and a gain a glimpse into the decadent sultans who once inhabited the opulent structure. Admire panoramic city vistas from a hilltop perch; stroll through the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens and enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transportation during this exciting excursion.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private 3-hour Tour to Alhambra

Visit Granada's top attraction, the Alhambra, while enjoying personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace. This private tour for up to 10 people gets you a dedicated guide that will lead you through the UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot, providing in-depth commentary and answering any questions you may have. Tickets to all the parts of the palace and the ability to skip the often-long ticket queues are included in this tour, saving you lots of time and giving you access to the entire place.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Alhambra and Generalife Small-Group Guided Tour in Granada

Explore the crown jewel of medieval Granada on a 3-hour tour of the Alhambra, and gain skip-the-line entry to the Moorish palace and fortress complex. Together with the Generalife gardens, they form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the Nasrid dynasty as well as Muslim, Jewish and Christian history during a walking tour with your informative guide.
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Small-Group Alhambra Guided Visit

Take a 3-hour guided tour through the beautiful Alhambra Palace and discover its rich history. Stroll through the corridors of this UNESCO-listed site and learn about the palace’s famous past residents before heading to the Nasrid Palace for a short, guided tour of the “Sultans Residence.” Skip the notoriously long lines of this landmarks with this tour and get some insider tips from your guide to round out your experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Alhambra and Generalife Private Guided Tour in Granada

Discover the legacy of Spain’s powerful Nasrid dynasty on a private, 3-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed Alhambra citadel and Generalife gardens in Granada. From Moorish sultans to Catholic kings, hear stories from the centuries of rulers who occupied this stunning royal complex and adjacent gardens while an official guide reveals the secrets behind their multicultural history and design.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife

Sail past long lines and crowded entrance halls on a private 2.5-hour tour of Granada’s astounding Alhambra Palace. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site while enjoying priority access and insightful commentary. See historical highlights like the Alcazaba Fortress and the Nasrid Palaces, then stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. Select the option of hotel pickup and drop-off to enjoy convenient round-trip transportation.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-The-Line Alhambra and Generalife Expert Guided Tour

Skip the line for entrance tickets and spend more of your time exploring Spain's famed Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens on this guided tour. Enjoy the privilege of priority entrance and be one of the first to enter the grounds and step back into Granada’s Muslim past whilst exploring the palace and fortress. Get insight into the gardens' features and a deeper look at the region’s history from your guide, before exploring farther independently.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip-the-Line: Alhambra Tour and Granada Hammam

Enjoy sightseeing and sublimity on a full-day tour of Granada’s alluring Alhambra palaces and the Arab baths. Sail straight past the long lines of the entrance hall with an Alhambra priority access pass, and then explore the vast courtyards and opulent chambers of the complex with a knowledgeable guide. Stroll amid the exotic flowers of the gorgeous Gerneralife Gardens then enjoy an afternoon of blissful indulgence in the Hammam Al Andalus, soothing your mind and body in the warming pools of the spa. Upgrade to include a relaxing massage during your time at the baths.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private or Group walking tour at the Alhambra

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alhambra during this 2.5-hour walking tour. Discover the history of this emblematic structure back to its Moorish roots as you stroll through the opulent royal palace. Learn about the last historically Arabic city in Spain and listen to stories of its origins as a military fortress from your guide. Admire the beautiful architecture and surrounding areas as you walk around the complex.
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Priority Access to Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada

Escape the crowds and maximize your time in Granada’s magnificent the Alhambra on a 3-hour tour. With a priority-access pass, you’ll be one of the first to enter the Alhambra — a UNESCO-listed landmark famed for its architecture — with a guide. Explore the Alcazaba Fortress, walk through the Generalife Gardens and take in panoramic views of Granada from Torre de la Vela.
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Skip the line: Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Private Guided Tour

Step into the world of Islamic architecture and Moorish emirs on a 2.5-hour private tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens that includes skip-the-line admission to the sites. Join a local guide to explore the very best of the Alhambra, learning about Granada’s diverse history and culture along the way. You’ll walk through the Nasrid Palaces where the Moorish sultans once lived, courts, halls, and patios, then follow manicured pathways through the historic gardens.
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Guided Visit to the Alhambra Experiences by Night in a Reduced Group

The UNESCO World-Heritage listed Alhambra Palace is Granada’s star attraction and the magnificent landmark is even more atmospheric by night. Enjoy rare after-hours access to the Nasrid Palaces on this 2-hour small-group walking tour, stroll through the illuminated palace gardens, then use your skip-the-line tickets to access the Alcazaba and Generalife Gardens the next morning.
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Skip-the-Line Alhambra with Albaicin, Sacromonte by Segway/Bike

Combine a skip-the-line visit to Granada’s iconic The Alhambra with an electric bike or Segway tour of Albaicin and Sacromonte on this 5-hour combo tour, ideal for visitors short on time in Andalucia. Beat lines often in advance of two hours with your skip-the-line ticket to the UNESCO-listed Alhambra and explore the Moorish features and Generalife Gardens with a guide. Then, depending on the option chosen at checkout, you’ll take a Segway or electric bike tour of Albaicin, the city's old Muslim quarter, and Sacromonte, the epicenter of Granada's flamenco scene.
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Alhambra, Generalife & Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Fast Track

Enjoy fast track access to the Alhambra, Generalife and Nasrid Palaces on a guided tour. Marvel at the architectural styles of this UNESCO site. Get to know all the areas of this beautiful palace from the hand of an expert guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

Succumb to tranquility at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus, opulent Arabian baths located in the heart of the historical Old Town. Enjoy 1.5-hours of luxurious leisure amid candle-lit walkways and beautifully designed pools then indulge with a 15- 30 or 45-minute massage from a professionally trained masseuse. Submerge yourself in the soothing waters of a thermal bath and inhale the scented aromas of the steam room while sipping fresh mint tea. Upgrade your experience to include a 30-minute Midra 30 or 45-minute Midra 45, both of which include an exfoliating body scrub.
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4WD Sierra Nevada Safari Tour in Granada

Embark on a half-day 4WD adventure in Sierra Nevada National Park that’s tailor-made to provide the most spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, white mountain villages and Mediterranean forests. Access remote and less-visited sections of the park, and enjoy a drink at an alpine restaurant while soaking up panoramic vistas.
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Alhambra and Generalife Skip-the-Line Ticket with Official Guide

Spend more time exploring the Alhambra instead of waiting to enter with this skip-the-line ticket and a guided tour. Hear live commentary from your guide during the 2.5-hour tour of the fortress and Generalife Gardens at Granada’s popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entry to Nasrid Palaces is not included.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Twilight in Albayzin and Gypsy Sacromonte of Granada in a Reduced Group Tour

Stroll the illuminated streets of Granada on an ambient 2-hour walking tour led by an accomplished guide at night. Wander the incandescent labyrinth of Albaicin and listen as your guide provides captivating historical context and uncovers cultural secrets. See the opulent Alhambra palace complex bathed in the gentle evening light and admire luminescent landmarks on your way to the caves of Sacromonte. Hear of the area’s fiery flamenco traditions then pleasure your palate with a selection of tapas and drinks. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12.
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Granada Day Trip including Alhambra and Generalife Gardens from Seville

Travel to the UNESCO World heritage-listed wonders of Granada on a full-day trip from Seville. With an accomplished guide, visit the Alhambra palace complex and its sublime Generalife gardens to witness one of Spain’s most incredible architectural feats. Gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of the landmark and delve into its opulent chambers and grand courtyards on a guided tour. Spend some leisurely free time exploring Granada independently and travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach on this enriching tour.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Experience an enchanting sunrise over Granada on an exhilarating hot-air balloon ride. Soar over the city and see legendary landmarks like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra palace complex and the secretive Sacromonte Caves. Enjoy this unique perspective as the sun casts an incandescent glow over the mountains and the city begins to wake. On your return to land, appease your appetite with a traditional Andalusian brunch and a lavish glass of cava.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Granada Essential Must-Do Tour

Delve into the historical heart of Granada on a comprehensive 2-hour walking tour led by an accomplished guide. Absorb the antique charm of the center as you discover the rich cultural tapestry that comprises the city; see the Moorish magnificence of Acaicería; gaze at the religious resplendence of the Cathedral; and wander the UNESCO-listed neighborhood of Abaicin to witness a diverse architectural tableau and enjoy panoramic views of Alhambra on its adjacent hilltop perch.
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Granada Flamenco Show in Albaicin with Optional Dinner

Venta El Gallo is located in the Sacromonte caves, cradle of flamenco art. Declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, the Flemish transmitting the rhythm of the guitar, singing and dancing, where the viewer lives and feels the exciting world of flamenco. The Venta El Gallo with its superb location overlooking the Alhambra in Granada, Andalusian cuisine and offers quality flamenco shows.  
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Alhambra and Generalife Private Guided Tour

Maximize time in Granada and explore the Alhambra palace with a private guide during this half-day tour. Learn about the building’s architecture, history, and gardens as you stroll through the palace at your own pace. See important elements including the Gate of Pomegranates and the Pillar of Charles V during the guided tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line Alhambra Group Tour

The most-visited monument in Spain, the Alhambra is also one of the most crowded. Don’t waste time waiting in line when you book ahead—this tour could save you hours. Plus, by booking a tour, you get the inside scoop on this UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument, which includes the Nasrid Palaces, gardens, and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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