La Alhambra & Generalife [Granada, Spain]

Granada, Spain (30)  - Inside Al Alhambra - close up of highly decorative Arabic script

InFocus: La Alhambra & Generalife [Granada, Spain]

Comprised of a fortress (the Alcazaba), palace (Palacios Nazaries), garden (the Generalife) and government city (the Medina), the medieval complex of La Alhambra overlooks Granada is one of the most famous attractions in Spain.

Palacios Nazaríes and Palacio de Carlos V of La Alhambra, taken from Mirador de San Nicolás in Barrio El Albayzín - Granada, Spain (155)

Originally constructed as a military stronghold in 889 it was converted into a Muslim Royal Palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the Reconquista by the Catholic Monarchs, the palace was modified, and added to by subsequent Christian Monarchs, including the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V who constructed the Palace of Charles V within the Alhamabra’s walls. La Alhambra stands at the pinnacle of high Muslim art in Europe and is a sea of columned arcades, gentle running water and reflective pools all designed to combine with the austere and unremarkable exterior to promote the idea of peace and serenity.

Inside Al Alhambra - a row of pillars in the Patio de los Leones - Granada, Spain (17)

Generalife was the summer residence of the Nasrid Emirs of the Emirate of Granada. The gardens were built during the reign of Muhammad III (1302–1309) and renovated by Abu I-Walid Isma’il (1313–1324) and consist of a long, thin pool framed by columns, flowerbeds and pavilions in the style of medieval Persian gardens.

Inside Al Alhambra - view of the Palacios Nazaríes as seen from the Generalife - Granada, Spain (103)

Website: http://www.alhambra.org/
Opening Times: Oct 16 to Mar 15DaytimeMon – Sun: 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket office: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night-time: Fri & Sat: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ticket office: 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Mar 16 to Oct 15Daytime: Mon – Sun: 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket office: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Night-timeTue – Sat 10 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Sun & Mon: Closed: Ticket office: 9.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

Buying tickets: You can purchase tickets at the door but due to the huge demand and the limited number of visitors every day, we recommend you reserve your tickets in advance. You can do this at any La Caixa cash-point which are common throughout the city.

Tickets: Day Visit: There are two different day tickets which include Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Medina and Gardens. Morning ticket: From 8:30 to 14:00. Afternoon ticket: From 14:00 to 18:00, or from 14:00 to 20:00. Night visit: The capacity is restricted (400 persons). Inc. Only Nasrid Palaces

Price:  Direct Sales – Day visit: 13 € – Night visit: 8 € – Garden visit: 7 € - EU Students under 26 with valid ID: 9 € EU senior citizens (65+), pensioners 9 € People with disabilities 8 € children under 12 Free Advance Ticket Sales: 18,90 €

Alcazar and Palacio de Carlos V of La Alhambra, taken from Mirador de San Nicolás in Barrio El Albayzín - Granada, Spain (158)

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written by: Jon

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5 comments

  • Beautiful photos!! Visiting the Alhambra was definitely one of the highlights of my Spain Holiday!!

  • An excellent article and wonderful photos, Jon. In 1998, I almost bought an apartment right in the centre of the old town (literally). It had its own medieval tower with open windows. Fortunately, during my second visit, I could hear loud noises coming from behind the kitchen wall. That’s when I discovered that my neighbour’s kitchen was directly on the other side of my kitchen and the wall was paper-thin. Needless to say (although sadly), I didn’t buy it. A few days later, I travelled to Ronda and almost bought an old finca there. The day after my first viewing, I went back very early in the morning and heard what sounded like a military trumpet coming from the other side of a high wall about 500 meters away. I walked over and discovered that it was a Spanish military base lol. Yet again (and sadly), I decided not to buy.

  • The Alhambra is high on my to-see list. I hadn’t heard of Generalife before and it is now an addition to the list. Thanks for the lovely photos.

  • beautiful photographs lovely imagery.

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