The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Spain. This is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Spain and must-visit on your Andalusia itinerary. Whether you are staying in Granada or taking a day trip from a different Andalusian city, you must plan a day to visit the Alhambra. Due to its popularity, there are various type of tickets to the Alhambra available. There are so many options for buying tickets to the Alhambra, that it can be overwhelming. To add to the stress of figuring out the type of ticket you want, Alhambra tickets go fast! If you are planning your visit to the Alhambra, you will want to compare your options and book your tickets now. Follow this guide for everything you need to know about tickets to the Alhambra.
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Types of Alhambra Tickets
There are a variety of types of tickets to choose from when planning your Alhambra visit. These include daytime visits, garden visits and evening or night visits. General admission tickets are available in advanced. Yet, you may consider booking a guided tour to the Alhambra in order to make the most out of your experience. While I tend to buy general admission tickets, the Alhambra is such a massive complex that a guided tour or audio tour are the best ways to fully comprehend what you are seeing.
Daytime visits includes the areas of the Alcazaba, Charles V Palace, the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife, the Mosque baths and Gardens.
The Garden Visit ticket provides you with access to the Monument except to the Nasrid palaces, including the gardens surrounding the palaces.
There are two types of evening visits to the Alhambra available: evening visits around the Nasrid Palaces and a evening visits around the Gardens.
Tickets to the Alhambra FAQs
When Should You Buy Your Alhambra Tickets?
Due to the great demand of tickets and to the restriction of the number of visitors per day, it is recommend to buy your tickets at least one month in advance. When looking for tickets a few weeks in advance, there were very few options available. Book you tickets as soon as you know your travel plans.
Should You Book an Alhambra Tour?
While general admission tickets are cheaper, there are many reasons why you should book a guided Alhambra Tour. If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Alhambra, a tour is highly suggested. The Alhambra is a massive complex, thus a guided tour is the best way to see everything and understand what you are seeing fully.
Can You Buy Last Minute Tickets to the Alhambra?
If you are booking a last minute trip to Granada, or forgot to buy your tickets, it is possible to get last minute tickets to the Alhambra. Last minute tickets to the Alhambra can be found through tour operators on sites such as Get Your Guide or Viator. Depending on the time of the year of your visit, guided tours may be available last minute.
Can You Buy Alhambra Tickets Online?
Yes. It is highly suggested to purchase your Alhambra tickets online. General entry tickets can be purchased through the official Alhambra website. Guided tours can be purchased through sites such as Get Your Guide or Viator.
Can You Buy Alhambra Tickets at the Ticket Office?
Tickets to the Alhambra can be purchased day of if there are tickets available. However, if you are planning ahead, this is not suggested. Tickets tend to sell out and are not always available last minute at the ticket office.
Best Alhambra Tours
There are a variety of Alhambra Tours available, depending on what you want to get out of your visit and where you are visiting from.
Granada: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Guided Tour
This is the Alhambra tour I went on and highly recommend it. This guided tour provides access to the entire monument including the courtyards and gardens of the Alhambra as well as the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Gardens. The best part about this tour is that a local guide takes you around the Alhambra, providing useful information along the way. The Alhambra is a massive complex and could seem a bit overwhelming if you are visiting independently. Book a guided tour of the Alhambra in order to make the most of your experience!
Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces: Ticket with Audio Guide
The Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces ticket with audio guide is a great alternative if you don’t like guided tours. This Alhambra tour allows you to visit at your own pace while still hearing the background and history via the audio guide. Book your audio tour now!
Day Trip Tours
There are plenty of tours available if you are planning to take a day trip to Granada to see the Alhambra. Day tours are available from cities in Andalusia such as Seville and Malaga. If time permits only spending one day in Granada, a day trip is a great alternative. However, there are so many incredible things to do in Granada that it is suggested to spend a couple nights in the city.