Granada: A millenary walk through the magic of the Alhambra and the Generalife

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With Sierra Nevada as background, the Alhambra and Generalife are presented in the best preserved Muslim Medieval City in the world. With the eloquence of the Nasrid art, art and architecture merge into one of the most impressive works of yesterday, today and probably tomorrow. In this unique setting, the visit to the Alhambra and the Generalife is an obligatory stop during your visit to Granada.

The Muslim Citadel of Granada

Streets where the whispers of the centuries mix with the exoticism of the Muslim era. Unexpected corners. Tapas and unique bars... and, of course, the Alhambra and the Generalife Palace. These are just some of the things you will find in the old town of Granada.

Visit the Alhambra

UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 and first finalist in 2007 as one of the new seven wonders of the modern world. For all these reasons and a few more, visiting the Alhambra becomes an unforgettable experience. The Alhambra is a palatine city of Al-Andalus, whose luxury has been preserved to our days.. It is a set of palaces, gardens and a fortress that served as accommodation for the monarch.

Parts of the Alhambra

Entrances and Gates: which have evolved throughout the different periods.

Alcazaba: It is located in the most eastern part of the hill of Sabika and constituted the military and defense zone of the enclosure. Different - and impressive - towers raise in the Alcazaba offering a unique view to the visitor.

Nasrid Palaces: Different palaces with impressive decorations and facades make up the courtyards, fountains and rooms. These palaces make up the majority of the visit, with the courtyard of the lions as the protagonist.

Some of the most impressive places in the Alhambra

Comares Hall: where you can appreciate the bedrooms and the Nasrid style in all its splendor.

Palace of the Lions: The old Harem (meaning private place) is an example of integration of architecture and water, which is distributed from the fountain of the lions, located in the courtyard, to the entire palace. From the bedrooms you can see the impressive gardens.

The muqarnas Hall with its impressive plasterwork

The Lions' Courtyard: A forest of marble columns adorning the room - 124 in total - together with the lions' fountain are the protagonists. Along the different rooms you can appreciate the worked wooden lattices, stained glass windows, plasterwork and gold reliefs. Not to miss the inscriptions and shields with verses of the Koran and poems. The most impressive thing is the light that floods the rooms.

Visit the Generalife

The Generalife is the gardened town where kings used to rest. Ornamental gardens, orchards and exotic flowers are some of the ingredients of the stroll through unparalleled gardens.

Practical Information

It is possible to make a guided tour to the different rooms of the Alhambra and the Generalife. The duration is about three hours, in order to know all the details. It is necessary to book in advance, as there is a limit on daily visits. Price of the general ticket: 14 € Children under 12: Free.

Visiting hours - From 15th October to 31th March 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - From 1st April to 14th October 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Monday to Sunday

The ticket includes a visit to the Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife Gardens. You can consult all the information on the official website of the Patronato de la Alhambra.

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