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Alhambra 1: Generalife

Alhambra 1: Alcazaba Fort and Generalife

Justifiably the most visited monument in Spain, drawing millions of visitors a year, the Alhambra is the culmination of Islamic architecture in Spain. In a strategic position overlooking the whole city and the plains beyond, the palace fortress of the Sultan rulers of the last Moorish kingdom in Spain never fails to impress.

The complex is divided into distinct areas. In this video we visit the Alcazaba or fort, the Generalife gardens and Summer Palace, and Charles V's Palace. Charles V's renaissance building today houses the Museo de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Alhambra, which are free to visit, and is also one of the venues for the International Festival of Music and Dance.

We visit the main Nazrid Palaces in Part 2.


Visiting the Alhambra

Tickets to the Alhambra can be bought via the internet at www.alhambra-tickets.es; by telephone +34 934 923 750; or within Spain, at ServiCaixa cash machines and on site at the Alhambra ticket offices. Due to the high demand for tickets, particularly at high season, it is absolutely essential to book tickets well in advance. As well as advance tickets, there is a small proportion of tickets available on the same day.

Day tickets are divided into morning (from 8.30 - 14:00) and afternoon (from 14:00 until closing-time depending on the season) and access to the Nazrid Palaces is strictly limited to a half-hour time slot which can be chosen at time of booking, depending on availabilty. There are also evening tickets available, as well as combinations of day and evening.

If you are visiting the whole of the Alhambra complex including the Nazrid Palaces, we recommend you allow at least three hours for your visit.