The Alhambra, also called the Red Castle, is an elaborate Moorish citadel in Granada, Andalucía, in the south of Spain.
This amazing conglomerate of old Moorish watchtowers and palaces from the 13th to 16th centuries, with its waterworks and gardens, is probably the most famous of all Moorish monuments in Andalucía.
The Alhambra citadel is the most beautiful example of the magic Moorish architecture in Andalucía. There are many delicately carved buildings, and carefully designed fairy tale gardens with many waterworks.
It all makes you feel to have landed in the fairy tale of 1001 Night.
In the center of the Alhambra the Palace of Charles V has been built. This typical European style building forms a sharp contrast to its Arab surroundings.
Set to the side is the Generalife, the Nasrid summer palace and gardens, just a few hundred metres from the citadel. The beatulifully designed gardens, the ingeniously tiled walkways, the tall pond surrounded by flowerdbeds, beautiful trinkling fountains and pavillions.
All is of a tranquil, delicate beauty.
The Alhambra is the most visited tourist attraction in Andalucía and it was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 together with the Generalife.
The Tower of Justice (Puerta de la Justicia) is the original entrance gate, built by Yusuf I in 1348.
As there are so many tourists daily, you definitely have to reserve your tickets in advance, otherwise you may not be able to enter. Please note that spring and autumn are also high season here, as many tourists prefer to visit the city in the less hot months. For these month you will probably have to reserve your tickets 3 months in advance, maybe even more.
Do reserve your tickets on-line several months in advance.
It is easy to arrange for you tickets on-line with your credit card at Alhambra Tickets. You have to choose for either a morning ( until 14.00 hrs) or afternoon visit for the whole Alhambra citadel, with a more specific time lap to enter the Nasrid Palace.
In general we would advise to choose for the morning, and choose as timing to visit the Nasrid Palace either 11.00 or 12.00. The visit of the citadel and the Generalife will take you the whole morning. Don’t forget the Generalife (with the beautiful gardens).
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes!
If you plan your stay like this, you can have a relaxed lunch after 14.00 hrs at the Albayzin, the old quarter opposite the citadel. You can easily walk from the Alhambra down through the park to the Albayzin. It is really nice to stroll around in the Albayzin too. Plenty of restaurants to be found here – and the best tapas in Andalucía.
Do go up to the little church from where you have a great view on the Alhambra and the city.