Alhambra, Spain

22 Jun Alhambra

The palace and fortress that is Alhambra is an architectural gem which offers an alternative look at a side of Spanish history. Constructed in 889, the most iconic symbol of Islamic presence on the Iberian peninsula is located in the city of Granada in Andalusia.

General Info

As time passed its significance diminished until a mid 11th century decision by the Emirate of Granada to renovate the ruins and build the current palatial structure which has now become one of Spain’s main tourist attractions.

The Islamic palace is nestled on the banks of the River Darro and was built to serve as the court of the last Muslim dynasty of Spain (Nasrid dynasty) before the Palace of Charles V was built in 1527, at the site. The area then fell into further decline before it would eventually come to be restored in the 19th century. The Alhambra represents Spain’s most well known Islamic architecture, together with a collection of 16th-century style decor. Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its glorious external architecture showing a brief insight into what lies behind its walls.

A number of educational tours are available at Alhambra both day and night, complete with a tour guide in many different languages, affording visitors an excellent opportunity to sample the majestic architecture on offer.

Getting There

Alhambra De Granada is located ninety minutes north east of the popular tourist city of Malaga on Spain’s Costa Del Sol. If driving from Malaga join the A-45 heading north. Follow A-45, A-92M an A-92 to Ctra. Granada Malaga/A-92G. Take exit 230 from A-92 before joining the A-44 in Granada. Follow A-44 and A-395 to Santa Maria de la Alhambra. Follow this road to your destination.

Price

General admission is €14 with discounted rates of €9 for seniors while children under the age of 12 get free admission.

Opening Hours

Alhambra is open Monday to Sunday 9.30am – 6pm with additional opening hours of 8pm – 9.30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings (October 16 – March 15).

The opening hours vary from March 16 to October 15, with opening times of Monday to Sunday 8.30am – 8pm with additional opening hours every day from 10pm to 11.30pm (excluding Sunday and Monday).

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Glenn Dowd
glenn.dowd@theaa.com


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