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What is the best time to visit the Alhambra?

Would you like to visit the Alhambra and get to know this great monument? Well, this blog is your solution, because in it we are going to tell you what is the best time to visit this fantastic monument.

We are aware that the Alhambra is a monument of great interest in our country and is one of the most visited. In fact, the influx of tourists is continuous, so at any time of the day there are many visitors in the Alhambra. There is not much difference from one hour to another, so in this blog we will try to tell you when you can go.

Depending on what you want to see it will be easier to visit it without people around you. If your priority is to admire and see the fantastic architecture and elements of the monument and take lots of photos, then the most important factor is the time of year you visit, not the time of day. Taking photos is much easier if there are no people around you. However, if you want to see the gardens in full bloom, then it is going to be more complicated because it is practically impossible to avoid the crowds.

All in all, the Alhambra is worth a visit, and if you can do it with few people you’ll enjoy it more, so here are some tips on when to visit this great monument. Moreover, the best way to visit this great monument is with our Guided Tour Alhambra, having the best guides that will make you have an amazing experience. If you find yourself wanting more and want to know Granada in depth, we also have our Free Tour Granada and our Guided Tour of the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, so you can enjoy this city and its beautiful monuments.

When to visit the Alhambra?

If you’re wondering when to visit the Alhambra, that’s a question that really only you can answer. We are going to recommend several months or times of the year when it might be best to go. However it’s up to you whether you are interested in that month or time of year or prefer another one.

April and May are the best months to visit this monument because of the great weather and because spring makes the gardens more beautiful. If you don’t like to go with many visitors, the months from November to February are very good, being the months where there are less visitors although the weather is colder.

If you want to go in summer, June is a good option, being the least hot month of summer and the least crowded.

Visiting the Alhambra is advisable at many times of the year. It’s up to you whether to go at one time of the year or another.

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What is the best time of year to visit the Alhambra?

There are various times of the year to visit the Alhambra, but from November to February the Alhambra receives far fewer visitors than at other times of the year.

To enjoy the best possible weather and admire the beauty of the Generalife gardens, spring is the best time of year. However, it is also one of the busiest times of the year.

If you don’t mind the heat (which we warn you is brutal, with temperatures in the 40s), July and August could be an option, but due to the high temperatures we don’t recommend it.

Below you will see in more detail each season of the year and how busy it is for tourists, and whether we advise you to go at that time of the year or whether it is better to go at a different time. In the end it is up to each individual to decide, as it is a very personal matter and what is important to one person may not be important to another and vice versa. We are going to try to help you make that decision about when to visit the fabulous monument of the Alhambra.

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Visiting the Alhambra in Winter

Visiting the Alhambra in winter is not a bad idea, in fact it is one of the least crowded times of the year. It is true that temperatures drop quite a bit, and for people who don’t like the cold, they probably don’t want to visit the Alhambra at this time of year, but for those who don’t mind, it is highly recommended.

December to February is the Alhambra’s least busy time of the year, so taking photos will be easier than ever. In March it is more complicated to go, because the number of visitors increases again.

All in all, if you don’t mind the cold, it’s a great time of year to choose.

Visiting the Alhambra in Spring

The spring season is the worst time to visit this monument, if we are talking exclusively about how many people go as it is the busiest time of the year and a lot of people go there. However, on the other hand, it is also the best time, as April and May, especially, are the months before the intense heat of summer sets in, so the weather is very pleasant. So it is not surprising that this is the busiest time of the year in the Alhambra.

So if you’re looking for low crowds, this is not the time for you, but if you’re looking for pleasant temperatures and spectacular weather, this is the best time to visit this monument.

Visiting the Alhambra in Summer

Summer is a difficult time for all tourists because of the high temperatures. It is true that it is when most holidays are usually obtained, so it is easier to travel, but depending on the city the heat affects more or less. The case of Granada is complicated, because as we have already mentioned, in summer the temperatures oscillate around 40 degrees Celsius, a quite impressive figure. Unless you don’t mind the heat, we recommend that you avoid the summer months to visit the Alhambra.

If you would still like to visit at this time, we recommend June or July, as they are the least crowded months, although there are usually quite a few visitors at this time of year. June is the best option because the heat has not yet set in so it will be somewhat easier to visit.

Visiting the Alhambra in Autumn

Autumn is an interesting time to visit as it is not as crowded as at other times of the year, especially from November onwards. In addition, the trees usually start to change color in November, which can also be very beautiful to see. It is from this month onwards when the low season starts in the Alhambra and there are not as many people visiting the monument as we have mentioned. If we add to this the fact that the weather is still reasonably mild and pleasant, Autumn is a perfect time to visit and highly recommended.

What are the Alhambra’s least visited months?

The months where the Alhambra is least visited are from November to February, with January being the month that gets the least visitors during the whole year. As mentioned above, it can be a great Christmas present to have this fabulous visit. These months are good if you want to enjoy the monument without people around you and be able to take photos without any problems.

Going during these months can be a great time although you have to bear in mind that it is cold and you will have to wear warm clothes, as Granada is very hot in summer and very cold at this time of the year.

The next least crowded month is March, when a lot more people start to visit, although it is a good month in terms of temperatures, so if you don’t mind a slight increase in visitors, this month is ideal.

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When is the best time of day to visit the Alhambra?

If you’re wondering about the best time of day to go and see this monument, the solution is simple: any time. It is advisable to go at any time, as there is not much difference from one hour to the next.

Some people say that the best option is early in the morning, as there are fewer people, others say mid-morning, before the tourist buses arrive. There are also people who say to take advantage of the lunch hour, as they think people are eating. Others say it is better in the afternoon, when people are already leaving. The truth is that, at any time of the day, there are many visitors to the Alhambra. Going at one time or another is indifferent.

In fact, there are a limited number of tickets per day and a limited number of 30-minute slots to access the Nasrid Palaces. If you run out of tickets, there are no more.

In conclusion, we recommend that you go at the time that suits you best, because there will be no difference.

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