If you miss out on a ticket or can't afford the ticket all is not lost because you can get in for FREE!!! How you may ask? Well this is how... and it's all above board and legal.....
There are 2 gateways in between Cuesta de Gomerez and the Alhambra ticket office (in the park). One of the gateways is a stunning Arabic arch. Anyway, if you walk through one of these gates you are in!!! Then why do so many pay you may ask?!? Well it's because you can't get into everything if you don't pay. You can only really walk round the complex you can't enter the palaces for example! But for some to see the old Arabic architecture from the outside is enough. You can also go in the shops or enjoy a beer looking out over the albaicin!
I hope you find this tip useful!
Favorite thing: The most photographed part of the palace is at it's very heart and formed the most private section of the building. This is the COURT OF LIONS (Patio de los Leones), which housed the Harem. Adjacent to this is the Hall of the Two Sisters which was occupied by the Sultan's favourite of the moment. There is also the Hall of the King and the Hall of the Abencerrajes.
Favorite thing: We went with Carmen and Stace, our good friends from Marbella, to Granada and The Alhambra. I was in total awe of this place. The Alhambra is a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th century. This mighty complex 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 and overlooks the city of Grenada.
Favorite thing: Surrounding the rectangular Court of the Lions are 124 ornate marble columns. This was a fabulous sight to see. You can just imagine the Sultans and their ladies with their flowing gowns going about their daily routines and perhaps sitting by the fountain, supported by 12 figures of Lions.
The NASRID PALACES consists of the following:
Mexuar: Hall, Oratory, Gilded Room and Patio
Comares Palace: Court of the Myrtles, Hall of the Boat, Hall of the Ambassadors
Palace of the Lions: Hall of the Mocarabes, Patio, Hall of the Abencerrajes, Hall of the Kings, Hall of the Two Sisters
The Emperor's Chambers: Belvedere, Court of the Wrought Iron Grille, Garden of Lindaraja
The Partal: Palace Porche, Rauda, Palace of Yusef III, Walkway of Towers
Entrance to the Nasrid Palaces is included with your ticket.
Because it's such a huge tourist attraction, to maintain some semblance of order only 8000 tickets are sold each day. These can get sold out in the peak season, sometimes within hours of opening.
Alahambra attractions are:
Charles V palace (free)
Generalife gardens, Alcazaba and Palacio Nazaries ( 8 Euros)
When you purchase your ticket, it will be stamped with a 30 min window - this is the only time when you can enter the Palacio Nazaries, the biggest attraction at the Alahambra. Only a limited number of tourists are allowed to enter the palace grounds in a given time window. Once you enter, take your time and stroll through the palace at a liesurely pace. You can stay as long as you want.
I would strongly advise to pre-book your ticket using a BBV bank once you are in spain, or even use the http://w3.grupobbva.com/ALHAMBRA/alhambra/home.html website. You can specify your 30 min window when you pre-book the tickets.
Also one of the most picturesque and most photographed areas of the Alhambra is the PATIO DE LOS ARRAYANES or Arrayanes' Courtyard.Its reflecting pool and rectangular courtyard lead you to the entrance to the Comares' Tower or Torre de Comares.
The Comares Palace consists of: Court of the Myrtles, Hall of the Boat and Hall of the Ambassadors
We will start off our tour with the GENERALIFE GARDENS. This area includes the Palace of the Generalife, used as a summer retreat. Along with its ornate fountains and gardens, you will find neatly pruned myrtle hedges, flowering orange trees (as shown in this picture), a walled garden of cyprus trees and an abundance of colourful flowers and shrubs.
Entrance is included with your ticket.
This is the military zone of the complex and is one of the areas open to visitors with an entrance ticket. The following areas may be visited: the Terrace of the Bucket Tower, the ramparts of the North Wall, the Arms Square ( Plaza de Armes ), the Terrace of the Arms Gate, the Watch Tower and the Gardens of the Ramparts ( Jardin de Los Adarves ).
Dating to the 9th century, the ALCAZABA / ALCAZAR is a fortified stronghold that guarded the Palaces.
From the Tower "Torre de la Vela' great views of the city and Albaicin can be seen.
Favorite thing: The center-piece of the PATIO DE LOS LEONES or Lion's Court, is a small fountain supported by twelve figures of Lions. This picturesque area is one of the more photographed and popular sections of the Palace. I know I couldn't get enough of it.
Alhambra is a palace which was constructed in XIV century. Alhambra is the most known monument of moorish culture in Spain. The palace is included in the list of the world cultural heritage.
Usually in summer and in the beginning of autumn there are many visitors here and to get into the palace is very difficult. In April we have passed in the palace freely.
If you want to see ever part of the Alhambra then it will cost you 10 euros. For over 65's It is 7 euros and if you just want to see the gardens 5 euros. For children up to 8 years old it's free (good new for parents).
Remember you can get morning or afternoon tickets so make sure you turn up at the correct time!!!!
If you want to visit all the historic sites in Granada, but don't have too much money to spend, then why not get a tourist Pass for the most important Monuments and Museums in the city. For more information phone 902 100 095 or inquire at the Alhambra ticket office.
- Price: 22,50 euros (sale directly) y 24,50 euros (advance ticket sales).
Bus trips are also included in the price!
Favorite thing: Part of the Nasrid Palaces is EL PARTAL. Also a beautiful Palace, it consists of the Palace Porche, Gardens ( Jardines Del Partal ), Rauda, Palace of Yusef III and Walkway of Towers. It also has a pool which gives a beautiful reflection of the Palace
Favorite thing: In Alhambra all the treasures are hidden inside, as well as in other moorish palaces. Outside Alhambra represents modest enough construction. Walls are unattractive, facades are not decorated. The Arabian governors did not like to parade luxury. They preferred to stay in stuffy premises rest in small court yard where fountains are murmuring and fishes are swimming in pools. Fragrant gardens have to slow walks.