Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra leaves no visitor indifferent. Once you set foot in Granada and immerse yourself in the majesty of the Alhambra, you will never be the same again.
Due to the large number of visitors, it is best to book your tickets in advance and online, to make sure there is availability on the dates of your trip. Here are the best options.
Tickets to the Alhambra, at the best price and with guide included
With this ticket you will enter the Alhambra without queuing (essential) and you will visit the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife with an expert guide.
Available every day of the week, this ticket includes the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife as well as the entrance to the Alhambra and you can choose between 4 different timetables (two in the morning and two in the afternoon).
A specialised guide will accompany you during the visit and will explain in detail the historical, symbolic and architectural context of the majesty of the Alhambra.
The best of all is that you will tour the Alhambra for more than 3 hours and you will have the opportunity to solve your doubts with the guide and ask him for recommendations, which makes this ticket a very complete option.
Why choose this option: This option is the most complete for a very reasonable price. It includes the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife, skip-the-line access and the company of a professional guide.
Recommended if... you want to get your ticket to know the Alhambra in depth while saving on your budget.
A good way to enjoy the Alhambra in a different way is to buy a night ticket to visit it after sunset. The nights in Granada are magical, but walking around the Alhambra under the starlight is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
With less crowds, the tour is usually very quiet, you can enjoy the silence of the night and you will get a unique perspective of this monument. In addition, with this option you will also be accompanied by an expert guide who will explain everything you see as you pass through the different gardens and courtyards.
Why choose this option: whether you have already seen the Alhambra before or this is your first time, you will enjoy its gardens, its courtyards and its magic in a quiet and privileged environment.
Recommended if... you are looking forward to a different kind of visit and spend a unique night in Granada.
How much do tickets for the Alhambra cost?
There are several types of tickets and the price may vary depending on the one you choose: in Hellotickets, for example, you can choose from the cheapest one for 31 € (including guided tour) to the most exclusive one for 41 € if you want to visit in a small group. Both tickets include skip-the-line access.
If you are planning your visit to the Alhambra and want to know more details about the budget you need, I recommend you to read my article about the Alhambra ticket prices.
What the Alhambra ticket includes
The tickets you can buy in Hellotickets include the entrance without queues to the Alhambra and also the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces and the entrance to the Generalife. They are the most complete because they also include a guided tour of the entire complex so that you don't miss the essentials of such a majestic place.
Get tickets for the night visit of the Alhambra
If the Alhambra is impressive in daylight, the magic it exudes at night is breathtaking. That is why it is possible to enter the Alhambra with a night ticket and enjoy it illuminated by starlight.
If it is your first time in Granada, you will probably prefer to visit it during the day, but if you want to escape the crowds and enjoy a quiet tour, with less people around, the night tickets will be a great option.
In this article about night visits to the Alhambra you will find everything you need to plan your visit at night and know what to expect when you visit the majestic Alhambra late in the day.
How long does it take to see the Alhambra?
It takes between 3 and 4 hours to walk around the Alhambra. It is a very large complex with a vast expanse of gardens, courtyards and halls, detailed ceilings, columns and fountains that you will want to admire at every turn.
The duration of the visit to the Alhambra with an expert guide will be similar, approximately 3 to 4 hours and then you will have free time to wander around the interior again at your leisure.
Alhambra opening times
The Alhambra is open every day of the week, every day of the year (except Christmas and New Year). However, the opening and closing times of the Alhambra may vary depending on the summer or winter season (from 8:30 AM to 6 PM in winter, from 8:30 AM to 8 PM in summer).
Opening hours may also vary depending on whether you plan to visit the Alhambra during the day or at night. In any case, I recommend that you consult my article on the Alhambra opening hours to plan your visit in more detail.
Which day is best to visit the Alhambra
Given its large number of visitors, it is advisable to avoid weekends and public holidays in order to be able to visit it at your leisure and avoid the crowds.
However, this is not always possible, but don't worry. The Alhambra is a very large complex with many open-air areas, so the visit is very dynamic and pleasant even if there are a lot of people. You won't feel overwhelmed.
Can I enter the Alhambra for free?
The people of Granada will be able to enter the Alhambra for free during the weekends. Thanks to the Diputación de Granada, each weekend there is a certain quota of free tickets to encourage visits by local tourists until full capacity is reached.
You can check the conditions on the Patronato's website. If you are not a citizen or resident of Granada, you will have to book a guided tour or pay for your tickets.
If you are planning your visit to the Alhambra and want to know more details about the budget you need, I recommend you to read my article about how to get free or discounted tickets for the Alhambra.
Buy tickets for the Alhambra at the Alhambra ticket office
If you decide to visit the Alhambra in Granada on your own and buy your tickets at the ticket office, you will have to buy them on the day, depending on availability and only up to two hours before the visit, which may not fit in with your travel plan.
Given the popularity of the Alhambra in Granada , it is very common for long queues to form at the ticket office and it is possible that the Alhambra will be sold out by the time it is your turn. In that case, you could try to get up early and be at the ticket office at 8am and try your luck. You might be able to get your hands on a spare ticket, although it is usually difficult, if not impossible.
Are the tickets nominative and do I have to show my passport or ID card?
That's right. Tickets to the Alhambra are personal and non-transferable. For reasons of security and conservation of the monument, each visitor is obliged to present their passport, identity card or an original personal identification document issued by their country.
Alhambra staff carry out identification checks on visitors, so to access the monument it is necessary to show the tickets and an identity document.
To ensure that your visit to the Alhambra goes smoothly, I recommend that, in addition to being identified with an ID card or passport, you take a look at this guide with tips for visiting the Alhambra in Granada. Don't let anything spoil your visit!
How to get to the Alhambra
Getting to the Alhambra is not difficult and as it happens every time you walk in Granada, you will enjoy every street and every corner. Moreover, the whole complex is very well connected to the city centre, so you can not only walk there but you can also take a city bus or even the tourist train if you prefer (with children it's definitely the most fun option).
On the other hand, as in all cities, you can always take a taxi for more comfort or even arrive with your own car if you prefer (this last option is very comfortable but not so practical, as you will have to pay for parking). I'll tell you all about it here: how to get to the Alhambra.
Can I visit the Alhambra with children?
Of course you can visit the Alhambra in Granada with children! The Alhambra and its legends are a great attraction for young and old alike, and it is an appropriate visit for the whole family. The guides are used to having children in the groups and if you want to put them in the context of what they are going to see before they arrive, they will understand it much better and they will be delighted with the tour.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes and, above all, protect them from the heat if you are visiting during the warmer months of the year. Otherwise, you won't have anything to worry about - enjoy!
Where to eat near the Alhambra
After (or before) your visit to the Alhambra, you might get the munchies and need to stop and recharge your batteries. Although it may seem that near such a touristy place you won't find something of good quality and price, don't worry: I've put together a guide with the best places to eat near the Alhambra so that you leave there with a good taste in your mouth.