The Alhambra Palace in Granada City

Part palace, part fort, part World Heritage site.

The Alhambra

The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture, a place where fountains trickle, leaves rustle, and ancient spirits seem to mysteriously linger. Part palace, part fort, part World Heritage site, part lesson in medieval architecture, the Alhambra has long enchanted a never-ending line of expectant visitors. As a historic monument, it is unlikely it will ever be surpassed – at least not in the lifetime of anyone reading this book.

For most tourists, the Alhambra is an essential pilgrimage and, as a result, predictably crowded. At the height of summer, some 6000 visitors tramp through daily, making it difficult to pause to inspect a pretty detail, much less mentally transport yourself to the 14th century. Schedule a visit in quieter months, if possible; if not, then book in advance for the very earliest or latest time slots.

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Alhambra Tour Packages

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Regular tour Alhambra

Join a group to visit the Alhambra and Generalife every day in the morning, for only €45 the regular guided tour includes: entrances + an Official Guides , members of AGIP (Local Association of Professional Guides).

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Private Tour Alhambra

Book an official private guide for you and/or a group of family, friends or partners, and to know in a more comfortable and more direct way the Alhambra.
As this is a private tour, you pay for the service itself not per person, so thirty people would pay like one.

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Night Tour Alhambra

The other Alhambra, "the illuminated one", is the one that you will be able to enjoy, if you hire this other visit modality where new sensations will be perceived.
As this is a private tour, you pay for the service itself not per person, so thirty people would pay like one.

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Flamenco Show

Enjoy for only € 25, of a Gypsy Zambra in one of the Caves of the Sacromote, with a drink during the flamenco show and a walk for San Nicolás.


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The Most Visited Monuments in Spain

The Alhambra takes its name from the Arabic al-qala’a al-hamra (the Red Castle). The first palace on the site was built by Samuel Ha-Nagid, the Jewish grand vizier of one of Granada’s 11th-century Zirid sultans. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Nasrid emirs turned the area into a fortress-palace complex, adjoined by a village of which only ruins remain.
After the Reconquista (Christian reconquest), the Alhambra’s mosque was replaced with a church, and the Convento de San Francisco (now the Parador de Granada) was built. Carlos I (also known as the Habsburg emperor Charles V), grandson of the Catholic Monarchs, had a wing of the palaces destroyed to make space for his huge Renaissance work, the Palacio de Carlos V. During the Napoleonic occupation, the Alhambra was used as a barracks and nearly blown up. What you see today has been heavily but respectfully restored.


  • 2,402473

    Annual Visitors

  • 87,456

    More Visitors

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    Daytime Visits

Who Visit the Monument?

  • Spanish 32%
  • German 10%
  • French 9%
  • USA 7%

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