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Alhambra is the palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada in Spain. The literal meaning of Alhambra is “the red” in Arabic. The reddish color of tapia was used to build the outer walls.

Ibn al-Ahmar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty, built Alhambra between 1238 and 1358. Yusuf, I had contributed to the magnificent decorations of the interior. After 1492, the interior and furniture were demolished after the expulsion of the Moors. Charles V destroyed part of Alhambra to build an Italianate palace in 1526. Pedro Machuca designed it in the Renaissance style.

Initially, it was designed as a military zone. Later, it became the royal residence and court of Granada in the mid-13th century.

The Palace and Grounds

A locale of rare natural beauty surrounds the Alhambra, and the plateau overlooks the Albaicin quarter of Granada's Moorish old city. Darro River meanders through a deep ravine on the north at the base of the plateau. Moors planted myrtles, oranges, and roses in the park.  The duke of Wellington brought English elms in 1812 during the Peninsular War.

Gate of Pomegranates

Puerta de las Granadas is the lower entrance to the park with a massive triumphal arch that dates back to the 16th century. Inside, you will get a statue of American author Washington Irving.

Gate of Judgment

It was an informal court of justice by the Moors. The Alcazaba or the citadel is the oldest Moorish portion; only ruins of outer walls, towers, and ramparts are left. Alhambra palace and Alhambra Alta are other parts of it.

Court of the Myrtles

A large reflecting pond is set in the marble pavement. The Palacio de Comares (Comares Palace) and the Facade of Comares are adjacent to the courtyard.

Court of the Lions

The Patio de los Leones is a court 116 feet (35 meters) long and 66 feet (20 meters) wide.

An ornately decorated gallery surrounds the court. Around 124 white marble columns support the gallery. A pavilion with wooden domed ceiling and filigree walls project into the court. This pavilion is modeled upon a Cistercian lavabo. White marble is used in paving the colonnade. Fountain of the Lions is in the center. The figures of 12 white marble lions support an alabaster basin. Marble lions are the emblems of courage and strength.

Hall of the Ambassadors

It is the largest room in the Alhambra inside Comares Tower. It was a reception room. The throne of the sultan lies next to the entrance.

Hall of the Two Sisters

Two large white marble slabs were laid as part of the pavement.

Hill of the Sun, Generalife, Garden of the Architect, Court of the Sultana’s Cypress, Court of the irrigation Channel are other structures. A theatre in the Generalife holds international performances of music and dance. The Alhambra and the Generalife were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.




Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Bus : Bus route C30 Alhambra - Centro Bus route C32 Alhambra - Albaicín Bus route C35 Cementerio - Barranco del Abogado – Centro
  • Taxi : A taxi is another option to reach Alhambra (Telephone: 958 280 654).
  • Car : Go to road N-323/A-44, turn to the ring road Ronda Sur(A-395), and follow the Alhambra's signs.


Ticket Pricing

  • Adults : 14.00 € (1210.89 INR)
  • Kids between 12 and 15 years’ old : 8.00 € (691.94 INR). Parents, guardians, or caretakers must come along with the kids.
  • Children under 12 : Free admission provided they accompany their parents, guardians, or caretakers must accompany the child.
  • Senior citizens 65 years and above, and pensioners from the European Union : 9.00 € (778.43 INR). They need to present a justification for retirement.
  • People with disabilities : 8.00 € (691.94 INR). They should present a valid document with more than 33% disability.

Things to Do

These are some of the activities rooted in the culture of the Granadian city.

Tablao flamenco

This is where flamenco shows are staged. The heiress of the old café singer is local with an intimate atmosphere. The most passionate amateurs are called “flamenco temples."The tablaos have been instrumental to the recovery and sustenance of flamenco art.


This is a kind of Arab bath in a steam mode that includes cleansing the body and relaxation.


Alhambra, Calle Real de la Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Rating & Reviews

Based on 77241 reviews
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Anca Bonciog
Anca Bonciog
07/28/2020 03:23
Very nice historic, well preserved place to visit, not to be missed while in Granada, also offers nice views of Granada. You have to be a bit earlier than the admission time as the time Nasrid palace is very precise. I recommend to go early in the morning, if you visit during the summer, to try and avoid the heat. Have the tickets and documents at hand as they will be checked several times while on Alhambra grounds and visiting different point of interest.
David Smith
David Smith
09/06/2020 03:12
The Alhambra is out of this world, boasting the sumptuous "Palacios Nazaríes" (Nasrid Palaces), the Alcazaba fortress, the Renaissance "Palacio de Carlos V" (Charles V Palace) with two museums inside, the Generalife gardens as well as many other lesser-known attractions. Book tickets on-line as only a small number of people are allowed inside at the same time (enforced even more in these COVID times). Plus bring I.D. or you won't get in the various attractions, they photograph it on the way in, I think as part of COVID track & trace.
Silke Weber
Silke Weber
07/22/2020 02:26
One of the most impressive places I've been at. Sadly because of corona there were no audio guides available. I would recommend to book a tour instead. Also you should either come early in the morning or later in the evening, because the sun burns down very hot in the middle of the day.
Danny Morris
Danny Morris
09/05/2020 21:35
Stunning lovely place that you must see! But our experience was partly ruined, by the wrong information we were told by the ticket office. In regards to the time on our ticket and the correct palace to see (not the the white house!). Instead of them just allowing to go in, they said we have to pay another 14 euros to see the correct palace... Even though Wed already bought our ticket, and there not many people here so they could just let us go in. But instead they are incredibly rude and greedy for extra money, which in turn ruins the experience partly for us!
Cristian I
Cristian I
08/26/2020 04:55
Beautiful place let down by the quality of the staff. We had a great day visiting the Alhambra, and it was only shadowed by the quality of the staff working there, uneducated, rude, who think they are the police. The place is well worth a visit but beware of the staff, almost no one speaks English or any foreign language and they expect you to be able to speak their language. Don't forget to take a photo ID with you as you will need to show it about 5 times once you are in, along with your ticket. No ID, they won't let you into the next part of the complex. The security is more strict than at the White House. Don't dare take your mask off even to drink water from your bottle even if there is no one else around you. Out of nowhere there will appear a staff member who will start shouting at you "mascarilla, mascarilla". Don't try to reason with them as all they know is "the government said so". All of this in temperatures of 36 degrees Celsius. These people do not use their brains, they only do what they are told, but cannot make any distinction when it's ok and when it is not OK to do so. I would suggest more training should be done to the staff on how to deal with tourists as these people have no place in tourism.

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Alhambra was built during the reign of Yusuf I. It is the most significant relic of the period of Islamic rule in Spain or the Iberian Peninsula (711-1492). In 1492, the Spanish conquered the last Muslim dynasty (The emirate of Granada) in the Catholic Reconquista.
Alhambra means a red fort or castle in Arabic. Its ancient citadel, fortress, and palace in Granada, Spain, were named for the citadel's reddish walls and towers. Alhambra dates back to the eighth-century....
Alhambra is the name of the palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada, Spain. Outer walls were built of the reddish color of the tapia (rammed earth). It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites....
The Alhambra was built by the Nasrid Dynasty(1232-1492). Nasrid was the last Muslim dynasty to rule in Spain. The Alhambra or Qal' at al-Hamra means red fort in Arabic....
UNESCO designated the Alhambra and the Generalife as a World Heritage Site in 1984. It has inspired many stories and songs. Moorish poets regarded it as “a pearl set in emeralds.” Various Muslim rulers extended Alhambra. ...
Violent or major crimes are a rare occurrence in Granada city. However, you should not let your guard down in public places, train, bus station, and crowded tourist attractions to avoid petty thefts....
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