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Opening hours

Mon 8:30 am - 8 pm

Tues 8:30 am - 8 pm and 10 pm - 11:30 pm

Wed 8:30 am - 8 pm and 10 pm - 11:30 pm

Thurs 8:30 am - 8 pm and 10 pm - 11:30 pm

Fri 8:30 am - 8 pm and 10 pm - 11:30 pm

Sat 8:30 am - 8 pm and 10 pm - 11:30 pm

Sun 8:30 am - 8 pm

The above opening hours are valid between 1st April and 14th October. At other times of the year, opening hours are from 8:30 am to 6 pm every day and 10 pm until 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. The palace is open every day of the year except 25th December and 1st January.

How to get there

Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

From Granada, follow the steep incline from the Plaza Nueva for 1km to reach the Nasrid Palace and Alhambra Complex. By car, take the Granada ring road south or catch the number 30 or 31 bus from the Plaza de Isabel la Católica.

FAQ

Are there any other attractions nearby?
Other areas worth visiting include the old citadel and watchtower (the Alcazaba), the Generalife, the leisure residences and Charles V’s palace, home to the Fine Arts Museum. You will also find the beautiful Carmen de los Martires gardens nearby, as well as the Rodriguez-Acosta Foundation, a cultural centre.
Are there disabled facilities?
Visitors can borrow wheelchairs from the Entrance Pavilion and part of the Nasrid palaces have been adapted for wheelchair use. You will also find disabled toilets by the Entrance Pavilion and by the Pavilion of Services.
Is there a cashpoint?
There are two cash points, one at the Entrance Pavilion and the other at the Pavilion of Services.
Is there a café or restaurant?
At time of writing, a restaurant and café are being built. In the meantime, there are three vending machines which sell drinks and snacks, one in the car park, one in the Entrance Pavilion and one in the Pavilion of Services.
Is there access to first aid on site?
The Red Cross provide first aid services in the Hall Services.
How can I learn about the history of the Nasrid Palace?
You can take a guided tour of the Alhambra. Choose between a group tour with a maximum of 30 participants and a private tour for you and your party. Tours take around three hours and are available in English as well as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Dutch, Russian, Danish, Swedish, Arabic and Japanese. It is also possible to tour the Nasrid Palaces at night in an hour and a half tour.

Must-know

A residence fit for kings
The palatial Nasrid Palaces are actually three buildings, the Comares Palace, the Palace of the Lions and the Mexuar. The Comares Palace was once the kings’ official residence. Surrounding the Court of Myrtles, a courtyard with a brilliant bright green pond flanked with myrtle bushes, the Comares Palace consists of several rooms. The residence is known for its stunning architecture, intricately constructed facades and a 45m high tower fitted with exquisite stained-glass windows that beautifully light the inner hall.
The Palace of the Lions
Once home to the harem, the Palace of the Lions was built with great attention to detail. Geometric patterns perfectly capture the light and the central patio, which leads to a selection of halls, is a haven of tranquillity. As well as the harem, there is the beautifully decorated Hall of the Mocarabes, the Hall of the Two Sisters, the Hall of the Kings and Daraxa’s Mirador, with its intricate decoration and poems and inscriptions.
The Mexuars
The Mexuar has undergone a lot of changes over the ages but is said to have been a part of the original Nasrid Palaces. Constructed in the early 1300s by the king, Ismail, and his son, the Mexuar was only finished during the first reign of Ismail’s grandson in the mid 1300s. A painted Christian-era ceiling, decorative plasterwork and the paintings on the walls make this one of Granada’s must-see attractions.
The Nasrid Dynasty
The Nasrid Dynasty were Spain’s last Arab rulers and they came to power in the early 1200s. Ruling from the Alhambra for more than a quarter of a century, the dynasty was the Iberian Peninsula’s longest reigning Muslim dynasty. They finally lost power to the Christian kingdoms of Castile and Aragon in 1492. It was not a bloody fight. The last king, Muhammed XII, agreed to leave the peninsula in return for cash.

Around the Nasrid Palaces

The Alhambra Museum
The Palace of Carlos V has been brought back to life in modern times and now serves as a museum. The Alhambra Museum is located in the palace’s lower level in the south wing. Divided into several rooms with a chronological display of artefacts, the museum is packed full of archaeological wonders. Here you will find rooms devoted to science and economy, other halls filled with artefacts from the Nasrid period and yet more halls devoted to art through the ages.
The Alhambra Museum
The Alhambra Museum. Benny Marty / Shutterstock.com
The Museum of Fine Arts
Occupying the palace’s upper level, the Museum of Fine Arts contains painting and other works of art spanning from the 15th to the 20th century.
The Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts. ALIBERTI Italy Photo / Shutterstock.com
The Medina
The Medina once housed public baths and workshops but it was destroyed during the War of Independence. It is still possible to imagine what it once must have looked like, as the battlements and parapets are still there.
The Medina
The Medina
The Generalifea
The Sultans once spent their summers here and it’s still easy to understand why. Sumptuous gardens lined with tranquil pathways, delicate water fountains and cool looking pools appear to have been untouched by the ages.
The Generalifea
The Generalife