The Alhambra is the Andalusian palatine city that is the most important touristic attraction of the city of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.
Named for its reddish walls (Red Castile), the set of palaces, gardens and fortress (alcázar or al-qasr القصر) dominates the landscape as a true citadel within and at the highest point of the city of Granada. Alhambra is a heritage of Moslem tradition of magnificent architecture from different historical period and of beautifully carved and sculpted interiors of rare beauty of what is considered the finest of Andalusian art.
The sunset from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Alhambra is one of the most beautiful twilights in the world as once said Bill Clinton that was there twice, one as a student and later as president of the United States. For these and other attractions, it is one of the most visited monuments in Spain, reaching almost 2.5 million visitors in 2015.
As a very busy place, the visit to Alhambra requires some preparation. In the two times I was there, I have always managed to purchase the tickets in advance, even when I was by myself. As you can see on the websites that manage the sales of tickets, the Alhambra monumental sells a limited number of tickets daily, and only 30% of these can be purchased at the ticket booths without prior reservation. The massive influx of audiences in the high season dates makes it difficult to get tickets for the day and the desired time, also producing uncomfortable queues. Therefore to avoid frustration and annoyance you must manage the purchase of tickets about two weeks in advance the date of the visit to make sure there are tickets available on the desired date. On the beautiful and functional website: http://www.alhambragranada.info/ you will find all information you need to know about Alhambra and there you can access the ticket sales platform.
My suggestion in scheduling your trip is to book at least half a day for the visit Alhambra. And If you are not planning to see the sunset, my suggestion is to arrive preferably early with some patience to face an occasional tail to get into one or another attraction. Visiting hours are:
Visiting Hours – 08:30 to 18:00
Box Office Hours – 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
NIGHT VISIT: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Visiting Hours – 20:00 to 21:30
Box Office Hours – 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.