Alhambra Palace is the most important historical palace and fortress belonging to Nasri Dynasty which had ruled Granada (Girnata) during the last Muslim period in Andalusia / Spain.
Alhambra Tickets; Alhambra is a big complex consisting of many palaces, towers, courtyards and gardens in Granada / Andalucia. You will need two separate tickets (for Alhambra + Alcazaba and Generalife parts) to visit the entire complex. Since daily number of visitors allowed is limited, it is recommended to buy your ticket before your travel.
Alhambra Palace has extremely strict entrance and visiting regulations. These regulations are necessary to protect palaces from excessive heat and moisture. For example, it is not allowed to have more than 30 people in the same partition. And moreover the number of visitors per day is limited to 6000 people in total. For this reason, it is very important that you receive your entrante ticket in advance and that you must be ready at the entrance at the time given to you. Otherwise you may leave Granada without seeing Alhambra Palace. Therefore it is recommended to buy your ticket here in advance.
Opening Hours and Days
Alhambra is open every day of the year except on 25.12 and 01.01. Opening Hours; 15 October – 14 March; 08:30-18:00 and Friday-Saturday evenings 20:00-21:30. 15 March – 14 October; 08:30-20:00 and Friday, Saturday evenings from 22:00-23:30.
How To Get To Alhambra From Granada
The Alhambra Palace is 3 km’s away from the center of Granada but the road is steep. If you like to get there by walking its better to be on the shortest route. The most pleasing and shortest route recommended is the road from Plaza Nueva + Cuesta de Gomerez Street. You can go up to the entrance of the palace with a taxi if you got your ticket in your hand. The ticket offices are slightly below (approx. 10 minutes on foot) the entrance to the palace. To go there by bus you have to take the line C3, which stops near the Generalife part of the palace.
Alhambra Palace Information
Alhambra Palace is the most important historical building belonging to Nasri Dynasty which had ruled Granada (Gırnata) in the last period of the Muslims in Spain. The palace was built on a hill near to the center of Granada. The palace is in the form of a “fortress-palace” which is called “alcazar”. The construction of the Alhambra Palace which dated back to 9th century had been expanded with the additions until 13th century and with some more additions during Christian period till present day. But the most important and impressive parts were built during Nasri Dynasty from the years 1200 to 1300’s.
The name of the palace “Alhambra” origins from Arabic “Al-Hamr” which means “red”. This name is given because the stones used in the construction are turned red when the building is under the sun especially during sunset. The palace was plundered twice, once by Castillan army in 1492 and one by the Napoleonic army in 1812. Most of the buildings are preserved in their original condition although the complex had a long and very attentive restorations in order to attain to its present condition. Today, Alhambra Palace is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In the complex there are many palaces built at different periods. The first palace was built during Ziri Dynasty (11th century), during the Granada’s Jewish vizier “Samuel Ha-Nagid”. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Nasri Emirs in the administration built new palaces, towers and turned the complex into a fortress-palace “alcazar”.
In 1492, when the Alhambra fell into the hands of the Christians, the mosque in the complex was turned into a church and an additional monastery was built. Queen Isabel and her grand children Carlos V from the Habsburg Dynasty destroyed some of the original palace complexes and built a vast Renaissance palace (Palace of Carlos V) inside of the complex.
In the following period, Alhambra, which was used as military barracks by the Napoleonic armies and had great damage during this period. The complex has taken its present form with long and hard restoration works.