An Early Morning at the Jewel of Granada: The Alhambra

Granada Spain by That One Point of View

Chances are the main reason you are coming to Granada is to see the Alhambra.  And I have to be honest, I am guilty of not knowing much more about Granada than the Alhambra is there before we put it on our itinerary too.  Let me tell you, there is so much more to Granada – the Albaicín, the cuisine, the culture, and the passion!  We suggest two full days to explore all that Granada has to offer, and plan your trip to the Alhmabra in the morning as early as possible to get the most of the experience.

Things to know before you go:

  • It’s hard to find the official website online as a lot of people have set up similar websites to sell you guided tours for hundreds of dollars.  The Alhambra General ticket (which includes the Nasrid Palace, Gardens, and Generalife) is 14 EUR and is available to be booked 3 months in advance here.  You must book you ticket in advance because they will sell out in peak months.
  • The Nasrid Palace inside the Alhambra complex is the main attraction and is where you will see all the colorful Moroccan tiles and intricate details.
  • If you have a ticket for Alhambra, you are actually able to visit at any time of the day on your scheduled day.  The Nasrid Palace inside the Alhambra complex is what you will actually chose a time slot for and make sure you pick the earliest time possible for your chosen date.
  • The best time to get pictures inside the Nasrid Palaces without a ton of people is to select the earliest entrance time, enter with your allotted group and then be patient till the first group makes there way through and follow closely behind.  This will give you a window before the next group is admitted.  However, this only works with the first entrance time because afterwards people from group 2, 3, and 4 are still lingering as group 5 is being let in.
  • The Generalife is a complex next to the Alhambra and was built in the 13th century.  It is not pronounced General Life like in English as it is a Muslim word – think “heneral-lyfeh”).  Pronouncing it correctly will make you stand out in a good way from the rest of the tourists!
  • Don’t skip out on the Generalife gardens if you love flowers as much as I do.  This is one of the oldest remaining Moorish gardens.  We almost passed it up but I’m so glad we didn’t!

Granada Spain by That One Point of View

Granada Spain by That One Point of View

Granada Spain by That One Point of View
Details of the Nasrid Palaces
Granada Spain by That One Point of View
Details of the Nasrid Palaces
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The Palace of the Lions – Nasrid Palace
Granada Spain by That One Point of View
The Palace of the Lions – Nasrid Palace

Granada Spain by That One Point of View

Granada Spain by That One Point of View
View from the Alcazaba fortress
Granada Spain by That One Point of View
View from the Alcazaba fortress
Granada Spain by That One Point of View
View of the Alcazaba fortress

Granada Spain by That One Point of View

We had the 9am entrance time to the Nasrid Palaces and spent about 3 hours in the whole complex, just in time for a well deserved lunch break!


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