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. Add Alhambra to your Granada travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Granada trip itinerary planner.
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  • Amazing visit. Excellent guide, impressive building. Very well looked after. Beautiful gardens. Reflection of a beautiful culture and wonderful time
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  • Totally worth all the walking, we spent several hours just wandering about and it’s very beautiful. We took a taxi up thankfully because there are a lot of steps when you get there and also HOT! Amazi...  more »
  • Single space. Mandatory for who likes to know a little history. Recommend purchasing tickets with maximum advance on the site of the Alhambra. If you choose to visit individual recommend buy a book and make the visit on the basis of that information. 5 hours of history with exciting stories. Recommend
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  • What an amazing place. This is it. It is definitely worth all the money and the visit. Make sure to book tour tickets in advance as there are limited tickets per day and normally they are sold out quite soon. Alhambra is a breathtaking complex in Granada. The gardens, the buildings and the whole architecture is unlike any place in Andalusia. Great place to go. A must see!
  • The gardens alone are fragrant and heavenly. Obviously the palace is remarkable. Getting in however can be a major undertaking and well planned far in advance. Don't bother taking many photos ... this building is well photographed by the hordes already so enjoy the details in reality and buy a book or postcards as a memento. Good luck!
  • Gorgeous! The architecture, the history, the atmosphere. Everything is amazing. Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time. It can get sold out months in advance. We easily spent about 6-7 hours here and were satisfied but felt like we should've came even earlier. Being your own food as the food options here are limited and price is fair but the food isn't great. Keep in mind that the time on the ticket is for the Nasrid Palaces, as we saw multiple people get turned away from the palaces for coming 45min as they thought that the time was for general entry not specifically the palaces. Be sure to pack extra batteries and a portable phone charger. You'll definitely take a good number of pictures here!
  • A very beautiful place to visit! The gardens are spectacular and so is the detailed design of the buildings. You can get just about everywhere with a day pass, but the palace is really hard to get tickets to and where sold out over a month in advance in our situation. We were there in the very beginning of June, the weather was about 75F and no clouds, bring plenty of sunscreen and water (or buy it there). If it was in the middle of the summer, I could see this being a very hot day of walking. We did walk and take pictures for about 3hrs and that did not include the palace or some of the Alhambra areas outside the main walls. It was just the two adults and no kids, we also walk fast, but do take our time with photos. I believe my steps were about 16,000 by the end of it. You can take a bus/taxi up to the entrance or you can walk up to it, but the walk is pretty steep, but it's also very beautiful and good for your health :). There are 3 walking routes to/from the entrance to the city centre, we walked all of them and really enjoyed them. The night before our day trip we did the night tour, that was amazing as well. That walk time took about 1.5hrs.
  • It's definitely worth it. The architecture is spectacular and the views over the city are really nice. Of course it is very full and its good to book the tickets in advance. I was there in winter so the gardens were not as beautiful as I think they would be in spring/summer. Plan a good half a day, more if you really want to take your time.
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