Alhambra Granada Palace, located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain, is one of the most-well preserved palaces existing in the combination of architectures of the Islamic World and Spanish Renaissance. Alhambra is a beautiful Arabic word that means “the red”, owing to the color of the material which was used to build the outer walls of the palace. Constructed between 1238-1358 under the rule of Nasrid Dynasty, this palace marks the glory of Islamic rule in the country. The architecture of this place is commendable as it is in the style of Islamic culture, containing well-proportioned courtyards and gardens with beautiful fountains surrounding the inner palace. In the late 15th century, the palace Alhambra Granada was annexed by the Spanish Monarchy and started to serve as a royal palace housing the ‘Spanish Crown’. The Islamic architecture of Alhambra Granada was destroyed in an attempt to Italianize the palace. Much later after this palace remained a Spanish territory, the Famous American author Washington Irving lived here to write his book ‘the tales of Alhambra’ drawing out international interest in Spain’s Islamic structures. A statue of the author has been erected in the palace to honor his efforts of bringing it into the limelight. During the 19th century, Alhambra Granada was reconstructed several times to showcase its real historical significance and is now a popular tourist spot visited internationally.
1. Best Time to Visit Alhambra Palace:
In the Morning: It is recommended that if you have chosen morning hours to visit, 10:00 AM should be an ideal time. This hour is not very early during the mornings but a nice time that would help you to beat the crowds. A proper guided tour would end at the time of the lunch after proper exploration of the palace.
In the Afternoon: The afternoon visit to Alhambra Granada should be done during lunchtime around 03:00 PM. This will ensure a good experience as there would be lesser crowds owing to the lunchtime. However, it is likely that you will come across some international tourists but the crowd would be relatively thinner compared to the other times of the day. The exploration would be ending around the evening, the time for you to have a scrumptious dinner ahead.
2. Alhambra Museum Opening Hours
1. Alhambra Palace Location Alhambra Granada Palace is located in C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain.
2. How to Reach Alhambra Palace
By Private Cars: Through the Granda Ring Road, all private cars have access to Ronda Sur, the 500- vehicle parking of the monument. From the Granada Airport, A-93 should be taken to reach the ring road of Granada, Ronda exit 132 South, and exit 5-A Alhambra.
By Microbus: You can take bus lines 30 and 32 from the center of the Royal Cathedral to reach the following stops near the Alhambra complex Stop at Puerta de la Justicia [Gate of Justice], the nearest to the Alcazaba, this stop is located at a distance of 500 meters from Alhambra Granada Palace, and merely takes 2 minutes to walk. Alight at The Ticket Offices (Entrance Pavilion), Torre de las Cabezas [Tower of the Heads], which lies at a distance of 5 kilometers from the palace.
By Walking: You can choose the option of walking not more than 1 kilometer on how to reach Alhambra Granada from the following places. Walk from the neighborhood Realejo up to the Hotel Alhambra Palace through Campo del Principe, located 450 meters from Alhambra Granada. Start from the Plaza Nueva, through the woods, to reach the street Cuesta de Gomérez, located 650 meters from the palace.
Built-in 1870, Alhambra Museum is a beautiful museum with 7 large halls located on the south side of the ground floor of the Palace of Charles V, the Palacio de Carlos V. The First hall of this museum is home to stunning thematic permanent exhibitions revolving around faith, science, and economy while the other halls present historical sights built in the chronological order. The second and the third rooms are based upon Art Emirate and Caliphate while from Room 4 to Room 7, all showcase the enchanting Nasrid Art. The reason for building this museum was to preserve a large number of archaeological testimonies collected by the Provincial Commission of Monuments. Later in 1994, maintenance of the museum was allotted to the Council of Alhambra and Generalife.
Alhambra Museum is very special as it showcases Hispano-Muslim culture and heritage. Featuring 7 different zones, this museum hosts permanent exhibitions to present you with captivating artforms.
Usually, a proper exploration of the Alhambra Complex takes anywhere between 3 to 5 hours. Still, some people spend an entire day with guided tours through a slow and detailed in-depth experience.
There are three original Royal palaces in the Alhambra complex- the Comares Palace, the Palace of the Lions, and the Partal Palace. All of them were built in the 14th century and are still well preserved.
One of the best things to experience upon your visit to Alhambra Granada is to witness the stunning views from the 26-meter high Torre de la Vela Tower at the west end of the terrace. Another best thing is about exploring the lush garden on the south side of the castle. This enchanting garden presents you with mesmerizing views of the entire Spanish city.
There is no dress code for Alhambra Complex. However, you should dress up according to the season as Spain witnesses scorching summers and cold winters.
Bringing in any outside food or beverage is strictly prohibited. Still, you can get to enjoy food and beverages inside the venue by different Vending machines available inside the venue.