I visited the Alhambra and Generalife Palace complex in Granada during a four day road trip around Andalucia in Spain. The Alhambra complex is bang in the center of Granada and you can see it from pretty much anywhere you walk, so you cannot miss it. Walking around the Alhambra in Granada takes about 2-3 hours if you visit every room, but you can easily spend the whole day here if you have a tour guide.
The Alhambra in Granada is probably better guarded than Alcatraz itself and it took us several stamps and various ID cards to get in with our press pass.
Tip: Read their website carefully and make sure you bring all the ID types they require, otherwise you will be disappointed!
The Alhambra and Generalife Palace Complex used to be the home of the Arab rulers of Andalucia but they were forced out by the Christians during the Reconquista in the 15th century.
Now you can find architectural evidence here from many centuries: the Arabic style in the Nasrid Palaces, a bit of renaissance in Charles’ Palace and even a medieval fortification with lots of watch towers.
Ticket Cost To The Alhambra
The adult daytime ticket costs €14 and kids under 12 enter free, but you need to book weeks in advance because there are only a limited number of people they allow in each day.
Millions of people visit the Alhambra and Generalife Palace Complex each year, which results in huge queues and crowds everywhere you look. Watch my video below if you don’t believe me 🙂
Once you are inside, you will be free to roam around – I would recommend starting at the Nasrid Palace, which is probably the most beautiful part of the Alhambra Palace Complex. It was here where the sultan lived, with marble floors and fountains in almost every room.
Related: This article is part of a series. Read my full holiday itinerary in Andalucia here.
The walls and roofs all had exquisite carvings and the views from the windows were equally stunning. My favourite structures were the fountains and ponds in almost every garden which serve as coolants during the hot summer days.
I visited Charles’ Palace next but I was not that impressed after seeing the Nasrid Palace. It was far more bland and seemed far more imposing like an ancient Roman structure.
Visiting The Alcazaba Fortress
Next I walked up to the Alcazaba, which is the fortress at one end of the complex. Again, the queue was formidable but fortunately I could skip it with my special press pass. The views from the cube tower were spectacular, overlooking the old city and river below.
Walking to The Generalife Building
Walking from the Alcazaba to Generalife, which is the other end of the complex, takes about 10 minutes. The queues were terrifying here, I nearly wanted to turn back actually. Here, the only interesting thing was the garden with the fountain, so I would leave this last if you are short on time.