Once the last Islamic stronghold in Europe, Alhambra reflects the splendor of the Moorish civilization in Spain, and offers visitors a chance to see exquisite ornamental architecture, lush gardens, cascading water features, and panoramic views of Granada. This complex was once a palace, citadel, fortress, and the home of the Nasrid sultans, high government officials and servants of the court. Within the medieval complex of structures you can also explore other prominent buildings belonging to different time periods, including the palace of Carlos V, noted for housing a museum of fine art. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book tickets at least a few days in advance by phone or online. Add Alhambra to your Granada travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Granada trip itinerary planner.
Tours to Alhambra
Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $77
Duration: 3 hours
Granada Day Trip from Seville Including Skip-the-Line Entrance to Alhambra Palace and Optional Albaicin Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $161
Duration: 13 hours
A definite must if you visit Spain. One of the top examples of Moorish architecture and culture. A beautiful palace with astounding hydraulics, gardens and construction. Second visit for me and my wif... more »
It's a must see. Use the audio guide and/or guide book. Take your time going through. Lots of groups, so very crowded. Go through the archaeological museum if you're interested in that sort of thing. more »
What a sight to behold! A really amazing place filled with great detail at every corner. There’s so much history to the Alhambra that makes it a must visit for anyone travelling to the south of Spain. We booked a day trip tour from Seville and had a 3 hour tour of the grounds but could have easily spent another 1-2 hours at least, to soak in the grounds and all the beauty of the palace and gardens. A very photogenic place!
An amazing place - so much history. The ceiling is decorated with lots of stars. Painted to shine like ivory, mother of pearl and silver. And it blew my mind how many 8 pointed stars there are everywhere. As you wander along the maze like corridors of the palace, you will see many walls covered in brightly coloured ceramic tiles
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