How to visit and buy tickets for the Alhambra in Granada

Alhambra in Granada from Generalife gardens

I still remember my first visit of the Alhambra in Granada, many years ago, in which I coincided with a true flood of tourists that really prevented me from enjoying the great charm and artistic beauty of this impressive monument.

But for a long time the number of visitors who can access each day to The Alhambra It is limited to no more than 8,000 people, which will allow you to enjoy the visit much better.

Now this forces you to plan yourvisit of the Alhambra and to buy the tickets for it well in advance, for which I will give you a series of useful tips.

Given the limitation of the number of visitors, if you are going to travel to Granada and you want visit the Alhambra In a weekend or at the time of greatest influx of visitors, you will have to buy the tickets as early as possible.

These high season dates actually already extend from spring to fall, including summer.

Guided tour of the Alhambra in Granada

First of all you have the alternative of visit the Alhambra with a guided tour of those offered by various companies in Granada.

I did this in my recent trip to Granada.

In this case, you should not worry about the tickets because when making the reservation for the said guided tour, the tourist company itself is responsible for acquiring it within the quota reserved for groups.

Comares Palace in Alhambra in Granada

In this way, you have to keep in mind that in the guided tour price The entrance to the Alhambra is also included.

Here you can sign up for a guided tour of the Alhambra in Granada, and here you have another alternative of guided tour of the Alhambra So you choose the one you prefer.

How to buy tickets from the Alhambra

If you prefervisit the Alhambra on your own, you have several options to buy tickets.

So you can get your tickets in the ATM network of The Caixa.

Courtyard of the Lions in the Alhambra in Granada

You can too buy tickets online On the official website, or if you prefer, you can buy by phone by calling +34 858 95 36 16.

If you are already in Granada, you can go to the ticket office known as Alhambra shop located in the Reyes Catolicos street nº 40.

In all these cases you will have to pay an extra cost of 1.40 euros for the management.

How to pick up the Alhambra tickets

Tickets purchased online or by phone can be picked up at the aforementioned ATMs of The Caixa,at the Alhambra ticket offices, or at the automatic machines located in the monument's own access pavilion.

Passage in the Nasrid palaces in Alhambra de Granada

Finally, if you have not been a forecaster and have not purchased tickets before the day of your visit, you can still go when the tickets open lockers of the Alhambra, at 8 in the morning, and see if you are lucky that there is any entry of the small quota of daily sale.

I warn you that it is common for queues to be formed from time before the opening of the ticket office and that tickets are sold out soon.

For your visit, at the entrance you will be assigned a specific time for visit the Nasrid palaces.

Keep in mind that it is advisable to arrive one hour in advance so that the access time is not passed, because you could no longer visit them if you arrive late.

Alhambra ticket prices

The Ticket prices to visit the Alhambra (2019) are, generally, 14 euros, which allows you to access all spaces, that is, the Nasrid palaces, the Alcazaba, he Generalife, he palace of Carlos V and the Mosque Bath.

Generalife Gardens in the Alhambra of Granada

You also have an entry that will only allow you to walk through all the gardens of the enclosure, which costs you 7 euros.

You also have Alhambra night visits to choose, well the Nasrid palaces or the Palace and gardens of the Generalife.

The entrance fee for these special visits is 8 euros in the case of the Nasrid palaces and 5 euros for the night visit of the palace and gardens of the Generalife.

Finally, another alternative of more complete visit that you have is the Alhambra Experiences (14 euros). which combines in two consecutive days the night visit to illuminated Nasrid palaces and the daytime visit to the Alcazaba, gardens and Palace of the Generalife.

Schedules visit Alhambra

The schedules to visit the Alhambra in Granada they are, from mid-March to mid-October, every day from 8 to 19 hours, and the rest of the year, from 8 to 17 hours.

Finally, I comment that in addition to signing up for a guided tour of the Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces, you also have the option to sign up for a Granada full tour, which already includes the visit of the Alhambraas well as a walk through the neighborhood of Albaicin and that of Sacromonte.