Said to be one of the most dazzling jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th century. This mighty compound of buildings, including the summer palace called Generalife, with its fountains and gardens, stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, overlooking the city below and the fertile plain of Granada.
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.
The Alhambra Palace is situated just north of Granada city centre, Spain. The nearest airport is Granada Airport and is approximately 15 kms to the city centre. From the airport you can take the bus shuttle service or a taxi. Malaga airport which is approximately 135kms from Granada is another option, with trains, buses and taxis available at the airport. Getting from the city centre to the Alhambra on public transport can be done via the city bus C3 or C4.
October-March 08.30 – 18.00 Evening visit Friday – Sunday 20.00 – 21.30
March-October 08.30 – 20.00 Evening visit Tuesday - Saturday 22.00 – 23.30
Making the most of the Alhambra Palace
At the palace and surrounding area there are so many things to take in including the many architectural styles at the Alhambra. Walk through the beautiful Gate of Pomegranates, stroll past the monument to Washington Irving who lived in the palace when he wrote the much loved novel, “Tales of the Alhambra”. Wander past the Pillar of Charles V fountain, erected in 1554 along the route that leads to the main entrance of the Alhambra. Admire the diverse architectural styles inside the grounds of the palace, such as the Islamic motifs of the courtyards, and the fountains and water features of the Generalife.
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Once you have been amazed with the Alhambra, take a stroll through the gardens to the stunning Generalife or the house of Ángel Barrios, a museum built over the centuries on the bathhouse of the Great Mosque and a Nasrid house.
To find out more information regarding a visit, please contact the venue directly on the official website. Here you can buy tickets, guided tours and look up some interesting facts before your visit.
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