8 Ways to Visit the Alhambra, Granada

Latest news:  The Alhambra and Generalife reopen on 17th. June.

From 1st. March 2020, you can choose one of 8 ways to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Seeing as it’s the most visited monument in Spain, it’s a good idea to book as far in advance as possible. With this new system, you can now book up to a year ahead. Depending on availability, you can also buy tickets on the same day, just 2 hours before your entrance to the Nasrid Palaces. All tickets are nominative so ensure that you have the right documentation with you, the same used for the purchase of them.
 

Ways to Visit the Alhambra

8 ways to visit Alhambra, Patio de los Leones, Granada. Casa Tagomago

The recently restored Patio de los Leones in the centre of the Alhambra

    • Please note that since I wrote this post and due to Covid -19, the Alhambra has introduced new conditions of entry to the monument as well as changes in the tour itinerary. Details of which I add below under Changes in Entrance and Itinerary.
  • The General Day Ticket – 14 euros

This is the most comprehensive election. It includes entrance to the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba, Generalife, Bath of the Mosque, Carlos V Palace and Alhambra Museum. Please note: when booking you will have to choose the time for entrance to the Nasrid Palaces. You are obliged to enter at that time, failure to do so will result in being turned away. This is because they only allow entrance to a maximum of 300 visitors each half hour.

  • Gardens Day Ticket – 7.00 euros

Access to all the gardens and palaces of the Generalife, the Partal, the Alcazaba as well as the Carlos V Palace and the Bath of the Mosque. Does not include the Nasrid Palaces.

  • Night Visit of Nasrid Palaces – 8.00 euros

This entrance only takes in the especially illuminated Nasrid Palaces, Carlos V Palace and the Gate of Justice. A magical experience. Again, the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces is subject to the exact time on your ticket.

  • Night Tour of the Gardens – 5.00 euros

Visiting the Alhambra gardens at night is a special privilege, the visit includes the Generalife Palace and Gardens.

  • Alhambra Experiences Tour – 14 euros

This comprises a night tour to the Nasrid Palaces (time slot applies) and a day tour of the Alcazaba and Generalife Palace and Gardens on two consecutive days. The best of both worlds. Does not inlcude daytime visit to the Nasrid Palaces.

  • Combined Visit to Alhambra and Rodriguez-Acosta Foundation – 17.00 euros

Ticket for the Alhambra General Day ticket, together with an excellent opportunity to visit the foundation of famous artist José Maria Rodriguez-Acosta. Take a walk through the 5 floors and gardens of this fascinating building, or Carmen, designed by the artist at the beginning of the 20th century. Visits every 30 minutes in groups ofno more than 25 people.

  • Dobla de Oro General Ticket – 19,65 euros

Includes the Alhambra General Day Ticket, at the time chosen by you and marked on your ticket. On the day before your Alhambra visit, the same day and the day after, you can also visit the Bañuelo (ancient Arab bath), the Casa Morisca on Calle Horno de Oro, the Dar al-Horra Palace, the Casa Chapiz and the Casa Zafra.

  • Dobla de Oro Night Visit – 14,65 euros

Night visit to the Alhambra (time slot applies) and on the day before, the same day and the one after you may visit the Corral de Carbon, Bañuelo, Casa Moriscaon Calle Horno de Oro, Dar al-Horra Palace, Casa Chapiz and Casa Zafra.

Depending on the type of ticket chosen for the Alhambra, you may also have the chance to visit one of the special “spaces of the month”. This will be marked on your ticket and is included in its cost.

Detail of Patio de Arrayanes, Ways to visit Alhambra Granada, Casa Tagomago Alhambra Granada Casa Tagomago

Detail of the Patio de los Arrayanes

 

How to Buy your Tickets

You can buy your tickets online on the official Alhambra website  This is the best way.

By phone: +34 858 953 616.
At the automatic machines located in the Alhambra and in the Andalusi monuments.
At the ticket office in the access pavilion (subject to availability for the current day).

Tickets are nominative and non-transferable. Each visitor must carry his own ticket during the whole visit. You must be able to present it with a current ID card or passport.

Collect tickets at the ticket office, at the machines near the entry pavilion, at ATMs or printed at home, etc. To collect tickets at the ticket office, the person who made the reservation should be the one to do so. Visitors with discounted tickets must identify themselves on collection of the tickets. Tickets must be collected at least an hour before the entrance chosen to the Nasrid Palaces.

Changes in Entrance and Itinerary

Due to the Covid -19 crisis, the Alhambra Foundation has introduced some recent changes for the monument’s reopening on 17th. June 2020.

  • Capacity will be limited to 50%, with 4.250 tickets sold daily. 150 visitors each half hour in the Nasrid Palaces. This capacity will be controlled during the online purchase of tickets as well as at the ticket office.
  • There will be small changes in the tour itinerary, mainly to do with access points and exits. As well as, improvements in the control of access in the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces.
  • A new sign system will be installed reminding visitors of the necessity for social distancing. These signs will incorporate a QR code to enable visitors to download a plan of the monument, together with the rules and recommendations for the visit.
  • The use of masks will be obligatory for all visitors and members of Staff. Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrances and in various points of the monument.
  • For security reasons, access with backpacks, bags or suitcases that exceed 40 × 40 centimetres will be prohibited. The services of baby carriers, touch points, left luggage and audio guides will not be offered.
  • A new entrance system will be used. Each visitor will be able to access the monument by showing his or her ID card or passport. It won’t be necessary to show the ticket.
 
 

When to Buy your Tickets

It is advisable to purchase your tickets as soon as you know the dates of your visit. For reasons of conservation, entrance is limited on a daily basis.
 

How to Get There

Take the A44 motorway towards Granada, looking out for the signs to Sierra Nevada/Alhambra. Near Armilla, Exit 132, turn off onto the A-395. Carry straight on along here taking the left hand lane in the Serallo Tunnel, follow the signs up to the Alhambra car park. The entrance pavilion is very near the car park. This is handy as you can also split your visit in to two parts, as long as it’s on the same day. So if you’ve visited the Nasrid Palaces and it’s near lunch time, you may leave the precinct and return later to finish your visit. Inside the monument there are only refreshment machines and a small kiosk selling snacks. Remember to always have your ticket and your ID to hand, just in case.

When you’ve finished your visit of the monument and if you wish to go down to the centre of Granada, I suggest you leave the car and walk or take the bus down. Microbuses run frequently to and from the Alhambra and up into the Albaícín. The best way to go, your car is no good to you in the centre, which is largely restricted. .

Fajalauza tiles in the Alhambra, Granada, Andalucía

Fajalauza tiles in the Alhambra Palace in Granada

 

Opening Hours

Alhambra Day Visit:
October 15th – March 31st. Monday to Sunday 08.30 – 18.00h Ticket Office 08.00 – 18.00h.
April 1st – October 31st Monday to Sunday 08.30 – 20.00h Ticket Office 08.00 – 20.00h.
Closed 25th December and 1st January.

Night Visits of the Nasrid Palaces:
October 15th – March 31st. Friday and Saturday 20.00 – 21.30h Ticket Office 19.00 – 20.45h.
April 1st – October 31st Tuesday – Saturday 22.00 – 23.30h Ticket Office 21.00 – 22.45h.
Closed 25th December and 1st January.

Night Visit Gardens and Generalife Palace:
April 1st – May 31st Tuesday – Saturday 22.00 – 23.30h Ticket Office 21.00 – 22.45h.
September 1st – October 14th Tuesday – Saturday 22.00 – 23.30h Ticket Office 21.00 – 22.45h .
October 15th – November 14th Friday and Saturday 20.00 – 21.30h Ticket Office 19.00 – 20.45h.

Rodriguez-Acosta Foundation:
October 15th – March 31st Monday to Sunday 08.30 – 18.00h.
April 1st – October 14th Monday to Sunday 08.30 – 20.00h.

As well as one of these 8 ways to visit the Alhambra, you might also like to visit some of the Andalusí Monuments mentioned above –

Andalusí Monuments Ticket – 5.00 euros
Ticket includes Corral del Carbón, Bañuelo (ancient Arab bath), the Casa Morisca on Calle Horno de Oro and the Dar al-Horra Palace. On Sundays, entrance is free for all the Andalusí monuments.

And…yet another way to visit the Alhambra which we have written about in this post – How to Visit Granada with Granada Card.

Or take a guided tour with Civitatis – Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour