The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Granada, Spain. It is a complex of palaces, gardens, and fortifications that was built by the Nasrid dynasty in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Alhambra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, and it attracts millions of visitors each year. In this post we are going to explain all types of Alhambra tickets.
A little advice to start planning
Adequate planning is recommended, taking into account the time available, the accessibility of the monument, the weather and your needs and interests.
There are four visitable spaces: Alcazaba Fortress, Nasrid Palaces, Partal Gardens and Generalife Palace.
The order of visit must be established taking into account the time of entry to the Nasrid Palaces, expressly indicated in your ticket and which must be strictly followed, otherwise you will loose the right to visit it. The whole monument visit duration is around three hours to complete.
What I need to know before buying my ticket?
- Purchase tickets in advance: Alhambra tickets can be purchased up to a year in advance and, as it is a popular tourist destination, tickets are very likely to sell out. So we highly recommend purchasing the tickets as as soon as you decide to visit the monument.
- You can also buy them on the same day of your visit at the ticket office (if there are any tickets left), up to two hours before the allocated time for the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces.
- Personal information is required: Your name, surname, nationality and passport number (your ID card or driver licence are also valid documents) will be required in the purchase process as the tickets are nominate and non-transferable. All this information must be entered the same as in the official document.
- New prices: Since the beginning of 2023, the price of tickets for the Alhambra has risen but in this post you will find the current and official prices.
- Minority groups: If you belong to any of the following groups (European Youth Card Holders, Eu Citizens over 65, People with disabilities equal to or over 33% or Large family members with card issued in Spain) you can benefit from a small discount on your ticket. Those tickets are not valid until the documentary proof is presented at the ticket office before beginning your visit, or you must pay the full price corresponding to your type of ticket. So we suggest that you take an extra time to do that.
- Ticket modification and cancellation policy: Any purchase of tickets is definitive, so their cancellation or refund of the amount is not contemplated.
Types of Alhambra tickets
There are seven different types of Alhambra tickets available (plus, two tickets for the andalusian monuments around the city). But we can create two main groups of tickets: the ones that include the entry to the Nasrid Palaces, and the ones that don’t. Download our ticket cheatsheet here.
Tickets that include the Nasrid Palaces entry
- Alhambra General: Day time visit of the Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Partal Gardens, Generalife Palace
- Night Visit to Nasrid Palaces: Night time visit of the Nasrid Palaces
- Dobla de Oro General: Day time visit of the Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Partal Gardens, Generalife Palace; and day time visit of the andalusian monuments* (Corral del Carbón, Bañuelo, Dar al-Horra Palace, Moorish House, Chapiz House and Zafra House)
- Dobla de Oro at Night: Nasrid Palaces night visit, and day time visit for the andalusian monuments* (Bañuelo, Dar al-Horra Palace, Moorish House, Chapiz House and Zafra House)
- Alhambra Experiences: Nasrid Palaces night visit and the next day, day time visit of the Alcazaba, Partal Gardens and Generalife Palace.
Tickets that NOT include the Nasrid Palaces entry
- Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba: Day time visit of the Alcazaba, Partal Gardens, Generalife Palace
- Night Visit to Gardens and Generalife: Night time visit of the Nasrid Palaces
- Andalusian Monuments: Day time visit of the andalusian monuments* (Corral del Carbón, Bañuelo, Dar al-Horra Palace, Moorish House)
All the tickets previously listed include the entry to Carlos V Palace and Justice Door in the monument opening hours.
* For the Andalusian monuments, the ticket will be valid for three days: the day before, the same day and the day after the Alhambra visit.
How to buy Alhambra tickets
Among all the purchase options, we can distinguish mainly two: on one hand, if you decide to buy your own ticket or, on the other hand, if you prefer that a travel agency do it for you.
There are plenty of travel agencies that offer Alhambra guided tours and tickets, and that is the easiest way for visiting the Alhambra. Bear in mind that personal information is needed in order to buying the Alhambra tickets such us your name, surname and passport number, that must be provided to the travel agency.
Discovering Spain offers Alhambra guided tours daily in several languages. Our tours are led by experience guides who are passionate about the Alhambra and its heritage. We will take you to all the highlights of the Palaces and Fortress, and we will share with you the fascinating history and stories of this magical place. Book a visit with us here.
Thank you but I prefer buying my own ticket
Not problem at all! Here are a list of all the points of sale:
- Online, via the official Alhambra website.
- By telephone, +34 858 889 002
- On site at the ticket office on the same day of your visit, if the tickets are not sold out.
Alhambra opening hours
The Alhambra is open all year round, except on the 25th of December and the 1st of January. The opening hours vary depending on the time of year.
In the colder months (from the 15th of October to the 31st of March), the Alhambra is open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
In the hotter months (from the 1st of April to the 14th of October), the Alhambra is open from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
Night time visit
In the colder months (from the 15th of October to the 31st of March), only on Fridays and Saturdays, the Alhambra is open from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
In the hotter months (from the 1st of April to the 14th of October), from Tuesday to Saturday (Sunday and Monday is closed), the Alhambra is open from 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm.
Other ways to get a official Alhambra ticket
The Granada Card allows you to explore the city of Granada at your own pace, giving you access to a variety of historic monuments as well as to public transportation. You can buy it in the official website.
And last but nos least, if you’re out of luck and you won’t get any tickets. There is a few plans to do instead.