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Alhambra in Granada

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Alhambra – a military fortress and palace complex in Granada, Spain

The Alhambra is a grand palace and fortified structure located on a strategic height that allows people to enjoy the view over the whole city and the meadow (la Vega). The castle was added to the city’s area in the 9th century when it became a military fortress but it wasn’t until the 13th century that the royal residence was established in the Alhambra. This happened after the arrival of the first king of the Nasrid dynasty, Mohammed ben Al-Hamar. This event was the beginning of the castle’s most glorious period.

Although, the fortress was enlarged and strengthened by Mohammed ben Al-Hamar in the 13th century, the real transformation took place only in the 14th century when Yusuf I and Muhammad V were responsible for the Royal Palace (Comares Palace), which is highly admired today.

The Alhambra complex signified pride and defiance in history and has an extremely complex architecture. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain and is a mix of both natural and man-made features that are worth looking at. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

Alhambra Map

Facts about Alhambra


  • The total length is of the castle is 740 meters and the strongest walls are at the citadel. Except for the walls on the west side of the Alhambra, the rest of them are weak.
  • The Catholic Monarchs conquered the city of Granada and the Alhambra became a Christian court in 1492.
  • There are over 7,000 people that come to visit the castle everyday in the summer. That’s the reason why there’s a restriction on the number of visitors at the site.
  • The Alhambra fell into ruin in the 18th century and was rediscovered and restored into the complex it is today.

Where is Alhambra ?

The Alhambra is located on top of the hill al-Sabika, on the left bank of the river Darro, to the west of the city of Granada and in front of the neighborhoods of the Albaican and the Alcazaba.

Best time to visit Alhambra

Spring and fall enjoy good weather in Spain and that’s the best time to pay a visit to the monument. April, May, June, September and October are good months to travel and its recommended to arrive at the monument early due to the high number of visitors on a daily basis.

Alhambra Hours

Advance booking is recommended since there is a restriction on the number of visitors per day. Depending on whether it’s a daytime or evening/night visit, there are specific areas that are accessible to visitors. [/stab]

Alhambra Tickets

Ticket prices vary in accordance with the type of ticket you purchase and there are separate prices for adults, children, senior citizens and those with disabilities. [/stab]

More about Alhambra

Nearby Attractions : Gran Canaria, Sagrada Familia, Camp Nou, Sierra Nevada

Published On: Monday, August 5th, 2013