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Granada Monuments, Spain

Enclosed by its walls, the Alhambra is part of mankind’s patrimony. Even the Catholic Kings did not dare alter it; on the contrary, they inhabited it and enjoyed the splendid palaces and gardens and the charm of Muslim genius. The suggestions emanating from this old sultan fortress are indeed indescribable. Born as a military citadel, inside it had rooms, stores, the royal mint, mosques and even a hospital; during the reign of Yusuf I it was transformed into a palace with courtyards, gardens, fountains and suggestive water courses. We recommend you also visit it at night, with the shadows accentuating its fantasy and imagination!

It is the part extending from the ramparts to the remaining towers, with the Torre de la Vela standing out, from which you can see a bewitching landscape from the Sierra Nevada to the plains. The structure dates back to the 11th Century and it is the most important Moorish construction in Granada.

Nasridi Palaces
The Nasridi Palaces or Casa Real (Royal House) have a view of the Generalife, as well as stucco decorations and wooden ceilings, majestic living rooms and elegant courtyards. The complex houses three palaces: the Mexuar, the Palace of Comares and the Palace of the Lions. With its hidden angles, the beautiful vegetation and the omnipresent element of water represent one of the maximum expressions of Moorish are in Europe.

The ‘Garden of the Architect’, known as the Creator, surrounds the palace of the Generalife facing the Alhambra and the Nazari Palace; the Summer residence of the sultans has its origin in the Cerro del Sol (Sun Hill) around the 1300s, and is distinguished by jaw-dropping vegetation. Inside the palace, the Courtyard of the Acequia and the Courtyard of the Sultana have water pools circled by blooming flowerbeds. A little higher, the modern Jardines Altos (High Gardens) and a staircase with water elements. Absolutely not to be missed.    

Palace of Charles V
It is the main building in the Alhambra from the Christian era. Started in 1527 by a student of Michelangelo, it was never finished. It has a square layout presenting, to the outside, a circular courtyard delimited by a gallery of 32 columns. Inside it houses the Museum of the Alhambra and the Museum of Fine Arts, with numerous works from Granadine masters.    

Suggestion  The Alhambra is one of Europe’s most visited monuments. Access is restricted to insure its preservation, so it is not always easy to find tickets. Considering the large flow throughout the year, we suggest you book your entrance ticket in advance.


Opening hours
november to march  entrance limited to 6,300 people
monday to sunday from 8:30 to 18:00

closed on 25 dec. and 1 Jan.
friday and saturday night visits from 20:00 to 21:30 (only Nasridi Palaces).

april to october  entrance limited to 7,700 people per day
monday to sunday from 8:30 to 20:00

tuesday to saturday night visits from 22:00 to 23:30 (only Nasridi Palaces).

daytime general visit (Citadel, Nasridi Palaces and Generalife)
€12 / €9 (over 65 years old and UE retirees)
free for those less than 12 years old and handicapped individuals

visit to the Gardens  €6
night time visit  €12

Reservations in advance
local:  902 888 001.  
international: 0034 934 923 750
(surcharge of €1)

To get there

minibus 30 and 32  



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