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How to visit the Alhambra in Granada

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To visit the Alhambra in Granada, it is important to plan ahead due to the high demand of visitors. In this post we show you how to visit the Alhambra in Granada.

The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most emblematic and visited monuments in Spain. This historical and architectural complex was built in the Muslim period and is an example of Islamic and Spanish architecture. If you are thinking of visiting the Alhambra in Granada, from Visitanddo.com we leave some tips that can help you to enjoy this experience to the fullest and know how to visit the Alhambra in Granada.

Book your tickets to the Alhambra in Granada in advance

The Alhambra is one of the most visited places in Spain, which makes it one of the most it is important that you book your tickets in advance to avoid queues and long waits. Tickets can be purchased through the Alhambra's official website or at the monument's ticket office.

Plan your visit to the Alhambra in Granada

How to visit the Alhambra in Granada

The Alhambra is a huge place, which is why it it is important that you plan your visit so that you can see everything you want to see.. We recommend that you start early in the morning or after lunch to avoid the crowds and that you wear comfortable shoes, as you will have to do a lot of walking.

There are four areas that can be visited for a fee: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Partal and Generalife.

Visit the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra

Alhambra, Patio de los Leones
Patio de los Leones at the Alhambra

The order of visitation should be established taking into account the time of entry to the Nasrid PalacesThis is expressly indicated at the entrance and must be complied with, otherwise you will lose the opportunity to access them. We also recommend that if you wish to see the famous courtyard of the lions, book your tickets well in advance as they sell out easily.

If on the contrary, you still don't have tickets and you want to make an excursion to Granada from MalagaMake your reservation as soon as possible by choosing the option: visit Alhambra with Nasrid Palaces. In this option you will visit: The Nasrid Palaces, Gardens of the Partal, Palace of Charles V, Gardens and palace of the Generalife.

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Visit the gardens of the Alhambra

generalife alhambra fountain

The Alhambra is not only a historical monument and it is not only the Patio de los Leones, it also has beautiful gardens and courtyards you must visit. The most famous gardens are the Jardines del Generalife, which are located right next to the Alhambra. These gardens are famous for their fountains and Islamic style design.

If you have run out of tickets with access to the Nasrid Palaces, we strongly recommend you to get the general admission tickets, it is definitely worth it, book your tickets well in advance as they sell out easily.

Yes you still don't have tickets and you want to make an excursion to Granada from MalagaMake your reservation as soon as possible by choosing the option: visit Alhambra Essential. In this option you will visit: Gardens and
Palace of the Generalife, Gardens and Palace of the Partal, Palace of Charles V, Medina and the Alcazaba.

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Visit the free areas of the Alhambra

The unfinished Palace of Charles V

If on the contrary, you have run out of ticketsthe Alhambra has spaces of free entry and free of charge such as the Palace of Charles V and the Bath of the Mosque.

Don't miss the opportunity to be able to say you've been to the Alhambra in Granada. Coming back to Granada is always a good excuse and next time you can try to access the monument and visit all its beautiful courtyards and gardens, tickets sell out easily!

If you wish, you can enjoy a incredible Nasrid menu with views of the Alhambra of Granada.

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Hire a tour guide

Visit to the Alhambra
Visit of the Alhambra, groups of max. 30 people

If you want to get detailed information about the history and architecture of the Alhambra, we recommend you to hire a tour guide. A guide can help you to better understand the importance of this monument and to discover details that you might miss if you were on your own.

If you already have a tickets with a visit to the Nasrid Palaces and you want to join a group with a guided tour, make your reservation here:

If you already have a tickets general and you want to join a group with a guided tour, make your reservation here:

Enjoy the views of the city of Granada

Getaway in Granada

If you don't want to go inside the Alhambra or if you have run out of tickets, from the Alhambra you can enjoy spectacular views of the city of Granada from its different free access viewpoints.

We also recommend that you visit the San Nicolá viewpoints, an observation point located in the Albaicín district, which offers a panoramic view of the Alhambra and the city of Granada.

Plan your visit to Granada from Malaga without tickets to the Alhambra and explore the city of Granada at your own pace:

How to get to the Alhambra in Granada

To get to the Alhambra in Granada, there are several options depending on your starting point. Here we leave you how to get to the Alhambra of Granada:

  1. On foot from the centre of Granada: The Alhambra is within walking distance from the city centre. You can follow the signs to the Alhambra and take the cuesta de Gomérez, a steep street that leads to the main entrance.
  2. By public transport: Granada has a public bus system. You can check the lines and timetables that pass near the Alhambra and take a bus to the area. Find out about the routes available on the website of the Granada public transport company.
  3. By taxi: You can take a taxi from anywhere in the city and ask the driver to take you to the Alhambra. The taxi drivers know the location well and will drop you off at the closest point to the entrance.
  4. By car: If you have a car, you can drive to the Alhambra. However, be aware that car access to the Alhambra is limited and is not allowed in certain areas. There are car parks close to the Alhambra where you can park and then walk to the entrance.

A visit to the Alhambra is a unique experience not to be missed if you visit Granada. Follow these tips and enjoy this impressive historical monument. If you need anything else, do not hesitate to get in touch with us to plan your excursion to Granada from Malaga or organise a private excursion.

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