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Alhambra, Granada

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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. Take a look at our Granada trip builder to schedule your visit to Alhambra and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A must if you come to Spain a must see if you visit Spain. An architectural jewel. History and architecture, all and perfect ensemble.
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  • This was a highlight of our trip to Spain. The Alhambra is amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Plan to spend half the day touring the fortress, palace and grounds. We highly recommend ta...  more »
  • We're glad that we booked a guided tour for the Alhambra. Without a professional tour guide's showing and explaining the various buildings and structures, it would be hard to fully appreciate all the ...  more »
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  • I've seen the Alhambra Palace from Plaza St. Nicolas many times before. Most of my photos of the palace are from there, but another thing is to experience it from the inside with a ticket and a guide and capture it from the "inside". The visit this time was slightly cold, but I think March-April still are the best months to visit as it's not too crowded and neither too hot. The historical point of view was very interesting, but the architecture even more unbelievable.
  • If you only do one thing on a visit to Spain, this might arguably be it. The architecture and detail-work are stunning, pictures cannot do the reflective pools justice, and the gardens are wonderful even in winter. The iconic views will likely be crowded, but there are plenty of other places well worth looking at. (Get your tickets ahead of time.)
  • Great castle and great views, but unfortunately everlasting waiting lines. I suggest checking and making an appointment with at least 2-3 months before your visit. You can only see the Palace of Justice if you don't have a ticket.
  • Alhambra is an special and espectacular royal place, it was building very carefully taking care of all the details to become in a jewel of the World architecture. It was worth every penny that you paid for the ticket, YOU NEED TO KNOW that you have to be able to spend the whole day there, with a suuuuper comfortable pair of shoes and clothes, food and water. It's a very good plan without kids because you walk a lot and I think They do not enjoy that plan. Is of course a must see in Granada and I think Spain.
  • I went to Alhambra in January 2017, with my parents and my 7 yo Son, and it's a visit I strongly recommend! I also recommended the guided tour, as there are so many details, stories and historical facts that alone you would miss something for sure. Our guide Mica, knew a lot, was very uplifting and made the visit even more enjoyable! Magical place, a marvel for architects! Tip: buy your tkts in advance and wear comfortable shoes!