The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls with many beautiful, intricate details. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
The Alhambra is one of Europe's top sights, but many tourists never get to see it because tickets sell out. Savvy travelers make an advance reservation.
This means that tickets sell out weeks—and during high season, sometimes months—in advance. We strongly recommend buying your ticket as soon as possible to avoid arriving and facing the disappointment that it has been completely sold out.
Due to the enormous size of the complex, it´s recommended setting aside at least a full day of your trip to truly enjoy visiting the Alhambra.
Private transportation is not allowed direct access to the Alhambra grounds.
Entrance times to the palaces are strictly controlled. Plan to arrive at the entrance at least half an hour before the time printed on your ticket, as long lines are common.
Some reasons why the visto might suck:
The demand for tickets is high and in order to protect the Nazaries Palace the number of ticket is limited.
Extremely poor service who can’t be trusted
Alhambra is way too crowded
There can be infinite queues
Alhambra tickets sell out months in advance
Extremely hot - may get a sunstroke