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The monument is open everyday of the year with the exception of the 25th of December and January 1st. From April 1st to October 14th: Day visit (Mon. to Sun): 08:30 - 20:00 / Ticket office: 08:00 - 20:00. Evening visit (Tue & Sat): 22:00 - 23:30 / Ticket office: 21:00 - 22:45. From Oct 15th to Mar 31st: Day visit (Mon. to Sun): 08:30 - 18:00 / Ticket office: 08:00 - 18:00. Evening visit (Tue & Sat): 20:00 - 21:30 / Ticket office: 19:00 - 20:45.
There are different type of visits and tickets. The following are the most important: Alhambra General (you can visit all areas of the monumental complex open to the public, gardens included): 14 €. / Alhambra Gardens: 7 € / Alhambra at night: 8 € / Dobla de Oro (Alhambra + buildings in Albaycin): 19,65 €.
Getting tickets the same day of the visit in the ticket office is extremely difficult, especially in high season (spring, summer, Easter and public holidays). There are long queues from hours before the opening of the ticket office. We advise you to purchase your tickets online, on the official site. But keep in mind that here, too, they usually run out even weeks in advance. Try to buy them as soon as you can. They are on sale online three months in advance and up to two hours before the visit to the Nasrid Palaces.
This is the oldest part of the Alhambra: the ramparts, the defences, the three towers... It was built by Mohammed I, the first Nasrid king (s. XIII). When the royal palaces were finished and the king moved there, the Alcazaba was turned into a fortress.
The court of the Lions and the water-jets were the architectural pinnacle of the Alhambra. Represents the Paradise. The celebrated fountain is a complex water system. Did the 12 marble lions (each one is different) work as a sundial?
The Comares Court shows the mastery of the architects. Here the pool plays a strategic role: the surface of water acts as a mirror that reflects the surrounding structures, generating a geometrical projection that breaks the horizontal lines.
Not even the Chamber of Ambassadors or Throne room forgets Islamic spirituality. It is the largest and richest chamber; a place where the king received his guests. The awesome wooden ceiling represents the 7 heavens as described in the Holy Quran.