The Alhambra is a palace in Granada, Spain. There was no final plan for the Alhambra so its overall layout is not orthogonal nor organised. The Alhambra palace had many construction phases and measures about 740 metres (2,430 ft) in length by 205 metres (670 ft) at its greatest width. The Alhambra’s opening times are mid-March to mid-October 8.30am-2pm and 2pm-8pm, and mid-November to mid-March 8.30am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. A general admission tickets costs €14.
The Alhambra is an iconic palace and one of the most visited tourist destinations in Granada. Its attraction is not hard to understand due to its amazing architecture. As I was part of a tour group we had a tour guide walk us through the palace. Visiting the Alhambra and taking in all the sites does take time, so budget for 4 or 5 hours if you want to see everything. While visiting the various sections you will need your ticket to be swiped as you enter.
My recommendation is to start at the Generalife which was the sultans summer retreat. The gardens are splendid with fountains, pools and hilltop views. Once inside the actual Alhambra palace you will notice its massive fortified gateways. The Nasrid palaces are three palaces connected and built in the 14th century by the Nasrid kings, last of the dynasties to rule over Spain. The interior walls are covered in Arabic script from the Quran.
The splendid intricate attention to finishing will catch your eye and something I have not seen on my travels so far. The Alhambra is highly recommended and not to be rushed when visiting. Take your time and enjoy the grand palace.