Alhambra, Granada

4.7
Must see · Castle · Historic Site
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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  • Very pretty , lots to see in and out and plenty to learn about the castle and the history of Granada , defienetly recommended , I hope to come back there soon  more »
  • It's so beautiful. By visiting the Alhambra you forget all the wrong in your life. Don't miss it !!!  more »
  • My second visit to the Alhambra, and I was not disappointed, it was even more magical than the first! Maybe age has mellowed me. What amazing architecture and internal designs and courtyards and...  more »
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  • Definitely a must. Was so much history in the place. The staff are really friendly. They start queuing 30 minutes before you entrance time. Can be a like 2 hours for you to get in. It's worth going to the last two sites together and the first one before hand. Good services for food around and drinks and clean facilities. They not as strict as every making out but they won't let you in if you pass your time. Loved the history and culture definitely worth doing.
  • One of the most lovely landmarks you can see in Europe. A perfect blend of Christian and Muslim along centuries of intense history. It's strongly recommended to book a guided tour at the official website. You will spend 3 hours of very interesting facts and a way to properly enjoy this wonder. The gardens inside are also a must see. No words to describe it. Better see it yourself but be ready: It is not recommended for people with limited mobility. Try to avoid holiday season having the best experience
  • There are simply no words to describe the beauty of this wonderful place. There is so much to see and the stories of Alhambra can not be told in single visit. I savored every footstep and was spellbound by a little piece of heaven on earth. Everyone should visit the Alhambra at least once in their lifetime. A very special thank you to my most wonderful travelling companion Mary who made this experience even more special. The history of the Alhambra spans centuries so it is worth while taking a guided tour, guides are readily available and knowledgeable, but it is important to book in advance. I only that someday I can return to gaze upon the beauty that is the Alhambra once again.?
  • The architecture is stunning and gardens are huge with all differing plants and trees. I would allow a minimum of 4 hours for your visit and this is moving fairly quickly. It may be better to join a group with a guide as they appeared to take over any area you went to. Also forcing you off walkways on their way. Overall a well maintained historic monument that deserves the world heritage site badge.
  • If I could I would give 10 stars. We went with a guided tour, sorry I do not remember the company but the guide was called Jaime. TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! Without the tour we would have missed so much historical information which made the visit very special. Please buy the ticket (tour or not) in advance. One of the best sites I've visited in my life. Amazing mix of Arab and Christian architecture. Pictures cannot describe exactly the vibes of Alhambra. Would go again 1000 times.

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