Alhambra Palace Entry Tickets

Last Updated on 29 March 2023 by TT

Alhambra Palace Entry Tickets

Alhambra Palace Entry Tickets; a limited number of visitors are allowed to enter Alhambra Palace each day to protect the palace from excessive human-induced humidity. Despite up to 12000 visitors per day in high season, only 6600 tickets are on sale. Most tickets are sold out 3 months in advance. For this reason, if you do not book your ticket in advance, you may not be able to find a ticket for the day or time you want. You can check ticket prices / availability and book it here, securely, also to not to wait at the ticket queue. For your information, you will need two separate tickets to visit the entire complex; one for Alhambra (Palacios Nazaríes) + Alcazaba (the castle)  and Generalife (the gardens).

Ticket queue

How much is the entry fee for Alhambra Palace?

You need to buy two different tickets for two different parts of the Alhambra Palace Museum. If you wish, you can visit only one of the two sections, but it is recommended that you visit both sections. The official sales prices of the ticket office for 2023 are 25.09 € including audio guide, for both sections. Buy your fast entry tickets here.

Alhambra Palace Fast Track Tickets

Nasrid Palaces / Alhambra

Opening days and hours

Alhambra is open every day of the year except on 25.12 and 01.01. 

Day hours

  • October 15th – March 31th; Monday – sunday 08:30 – 18:00 
  • April 1st – October 14th; Monday – sunday 08:30 – 20:00 

Evening hours

  • October 15th – March 31th; Friday – saturday 20:00 – 21:30
  • April 1st – October 14th; Tuesday – saturday 22:00 – 23:30 
  • Buy your fast entry tickets here
Alhambra Nasrid Palaces

How to go to Alhambra from Granada center

By public bus;

  • C30: Alhambra- Centro (plaza Isabel La Católica)
  • C32: Alhambra-Albaicín
  • C35: Cementerio – Barranco del Abogado – Centro (plaza Isabel la Católica)

By walking;

The Alhambra Palace is 3 km’s away from the center of Granada and the road is quite steep aftera certain point. If you like to get there by walking its better to use a shortcut route;tThe most pleasing and shortest route recommended is the one from Plaza Nueva + Cuesta de Gomerez Street.

By taxi

You can also arrive to the entrance of the palace with a taxi if you already got your ticket in your hand. The ticket offices are slightly below (approximately 10 minutes on foot) the entrance to the palace.

entrance ticket for lion's court "patio de leones"
Lion’s Court

Why you shoud buy your entrance ticket beforehead?

Alhambra Palace has extremely strict entrance and visiting regulations. These regulations are necessary to protect palaces from excessive heat and moisture. For example, it is not allowed to have more than 30 people in the same partition. And moreover the number of visitors per day is limited to 6.600 people in total. For this reason, it is very important that you receive your entrante ticket in advance and that you must be ready at the entrance at the time given to you.

Information on Alhambra Palace

Alhambra is the most fascinating historical palace and fortress built by Nasrid Dynasty which had ruled Granada (Girnata) during the last Islamic period of Andalusia / Spain. Alhambra is a big complex consisting of many palaces, towers, courtyards and gardens in Granada / Andalucia. The palace was built on a hill near to the center of the city of Granada. The palace is in the form of a “fortress-palace” which is called “alcazar” in Spanish or “al-kasr” in Arabic. The construction of Alhambra Palace which was dated to 9th century had been expanded with the additions until 13th century and with some more additions during the Christian period till present day. But the most important and impressive parts were built during Nasrid Dynasty from the years 1200 to 1300’s.

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What is the meaning of Alhambra?

The name of the palace “Alhambra” origins from Arabic “Al-Hamr” which means “red”. This name is given because the stones used in the construction are turned red when the building is under the sun especially during sunset. The palace was plundered twice, once by Castillan army in 1492 and one by the Napoleonic army in 1812. Most of the buildings are preserved in their original condition although the complex had a long and very attentive restorations in order to attain to its present condition. Today, Alhambra Palace is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In the complex there are many palaces built at different periods. The first palace was built during Ziri Dynasty (11th century), during the Granada’s Jewish vizier “Samuel Ha-Nagid”. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Nasri Emirs in the administration built new palaces, towers and turned the complex into a fortress-palace “alcazar”.

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In 1492, when the Alhambra fell into the hands of the Christians, the mosque in the complex was turned into a church and an additional monastery was built. Queen Isabel and her grand children Carlos V from the Habsburg Dynasty destroyed some of the original palace complexes and built a vast Renaissance palace (Palace of Carlos V) inside of the complex.

In the following period, Alhambra, which was used as military barracks by the Napoleonic armies and had great damage during this period. The complex has taken its present form with long and hard restoration works.

patio de leones entry ticket reservation
Patio de Leones “Lions Court”

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