Granada Spain is one of the most charming cities in the world and the Alhambra is undoubtedly the main attraction of the millions of people on five continents who plan every year and organize your trip to Granada to see which by many is considered one of the wonders of the world and that something is the most visited monument in Spain.
To all these questions we are going to respond from holaGranada offering all the imprescimdible and more detailed information to facilitate your visit to the Alhambra, Generalife, Carlos V Palace …
If we choose this medium must take into account that there is no guarantee to get our input, as can be the case (very likely) that are exhausted by any of the other means of presale.
The other way is by purchasing our ticket early, recommended sale option if we want to secure our entry into the monument and avoid the endless queues that can reach formed.
Advance tickets can get them:
1.- Online on the website www.alhambra-tickets.es.
2.- Tel 858953616
Alhambra ticket price.
Prices of different tickets to enter the premises are:
Alhambra General: 14 euros.
Alhambra Gardens: 7 euros.
Alhambra Night: 8 euros.
General folding Gold: 19.65 euros.
Fold Golden Gardens: 11.65 euros.
Gold doubles Night: 14.65 euros.
Experiences Alhambra: Entrance Palacios night and the next day, daytime Gardens, Alcazaba and Generalife: 14 €.
Visit Alhambra Granada Spain.
The entrance or visit to the Alhambra in Granada Spain generally allows access to different areas of the monument: the Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque and the visit to the gardens.
Alhambra night visit.
There are two kinds of nocturnal visit, night visit palaces and gardens nocturnal visit. These visits are independent and incompatible because they are performed at the same time.
The itineraries include only spaces adapted to these types of visits for safety and conservation.
Visit Alhambra Gardens.
The visit to the Gardens of the Alhambra allows access to all the visitable spaces of the Monument except Nazari Palaces and includes:
1.- Paseo de Cypress, Rainfed, Jardines de San Francisco.
3.- Partal: Portico of the Palace, Gardens and Walks, Rauda, Palace of Yusuf III, Paseo de las Torres.
4.- Palacio del Generalife: Lower Gardens and senior Gardens (Patio de la Acequia, Patio de la Sultana and Water Staircase).
Granada’s Alhambra is a huge monument with what is easily missed by any of its gardens and palaces. To avoid this there is the possibility of hiring a tour guide at the entrance of the Alhambra or do it with a company for Internet many there offering guided tours or Alhambra tours in Spanish, English, French, German … to explain us more detail some history, architecture or curious facts that we always provide some general culturilla.
However, you can go with the homework done from home and have studied some of the various palaces and monuments, that depends on each. We can also get an audio guide for our tour.
If we get to the Alhambra Spain by car we will have to use (almost certainly) the parking for such purpose. Another possibility is to leave our vehicle in the city center, usually have to be blue or parking area, and go by taxi or bus.
Although if you like to walk also you can walk starting the climb from Plaza Nueva, a highly recommended option if you want to enjoy a walk through the forests of the Alhambra under the shade of majestic trees and if you have a little luck you can tropezaros with some squirrel even.
If you are tired already of your journey and want to go to the Alhambra drive you dispondreis a public parking for vehicle access to the monument.
It is found from the rotunda of the cemetery to the Entrance Pavilion, where the lockers are located.
It has different areas depending on the type of vehicle, there is parking for buses and caravans is the first to find and there are three areas for private vehicles. It has 24-hour security and is open all day.
Hotels near the Alhambra.
We can establish our base of operations in any of the accommodations or hotels near the Alhambra Granada Spain and thus save having to find parking for car or taxi or bus depend.
Also, a good option to visit Granada is walk down the hill and forests of the Alhambra and start the day down some of the calories we sure caught with our hearty breakfast at the hote
Albaicin or Albayzín.
Albayzín or Albaicin its the name of the neighborhood east of the city of Granada. It
is located on the hill on the right bank of the river Darro and opposite the Alhambra. Its origins date back to the eleventh century and was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1994.
It is now a tourist destination and one of the main ambassadors of the city. The Albaicin is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of Granada Spain.
It is a very unique example of medieval urbanism because of its location. For the traveler is a delight to walk through its labyrinthine cobbled streets, “suffer” its ups and downs, admire its monuments and palaces, admire its churches and convents erected on ancient mosques, relax in the Arabic baths, smell the jasmine from their carmenes and gardens … fall asleep to the views of their thousand viewpoints …
The Generalife, or garden architect in Arabic, was the place of rest and recreation of Muslim kings, but also included the orchard or agricultural area to cater to the various palaces.
It is located outside the walls of the Alhambra and is undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions of the city of Alhambra for its courtyards, gardens and fountains.
Once we find walking us inside we appreciate the micro climate that is created due to vegetation and water from ponds and fountains, which will make our journey is quite pleasant, especially in summer, as temperatures can be about 4/5 degrees lower than outside the enclosure.
Its construction dates from the late late thirteenth century and is located on the hill called Cerro del Sol.
It is one of the most important buildings of Muslim architecture, not surprisingly, the Generalife was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984.
The entrance to the site is done by the Patio de la Acequia, a building with two bodies at the ends of a large courtyard with a central fountain. The views of the city and the Alhambra are spectacular from this enclave.
In the shade of its trees and cypresses we have to put our senses alert, first sight, to see all its splendor and landscapes of the city of Granada; second smell, to get drunk smells of flowers and plants; third ear, to hear the water flow from its magnificent fountains.
Palacio Carlos V in Granada Spain.
The palace of Charles V is a construction of Renaissance origin located inside the Alhambra. It now houses the Museum of Fine Arts in Granada.
It was built by Emperor Charles V in 1926 and the idea was to serve as a stage for all kinds of events and official, festive and religious ceremonies of the court, thus focusing all his empire in the city of Granada.
The design of the palace square and a circular courtyard, was made by Pedro Machuca and is very innovative in the architecture of the European Renaissance and we could say that is a building in the avant-garde at the time.
The concept of circular courtyard inside the palace itself intended to preserve the king’s direct contact with the people, being full of symbolism and grandeur against the square courtyards of the palaces of the nobles.
Construction, although normal for this time is located in the heart of the Muslim Alhambra at one end of the Patio of the Myrtles, for what was to tear down part of a Moorish palace, which initially caused some criticism among the population it would have been the total destruction of the building, which makes us think about the wonder and beauty felt by the Christian kings by the Alhambra.
Patio de los Leones in Granada Spain.
Patio de los Leones is surely the most iconic and recognizable of the Alhambra place. Made by Muhammad V following the model of the mansion Hispanic Muslim.
Its plant is rectangular courtyard following the scheme cruise with four channels that divide and symbolize the four rivers of Muslim kingdom.
In the center courtyard fountain of the Lions with an octagonal base is located, this base is held on twelve sculptures of lions with suppliers in the mouth where water flows.
Holding a variety of stilted arches, festooned, decorated with cloths sebka, in turn,. All this decoration gives a magical charm to this area of the Alhambra in Granada Spain.
Around the patio we can find different rooms: Room Abencerrajes, was used for banquets and parties during the winter. At the top it was located harem.
Hall of the Two Sisters, is a square that served Mexuar room with a spectacular starry dome stalactite.
Hall of Mocárabes, was the lobby of the palace. Hall of the Kings, was the site where performing parties in summer and ceiling decorated with ten granadinos kings.
Museum of the Alhambra in Granada Spain.
The Alhambra Museum is located on the ground floor of the Palace of Charles V and is distributed in seven rooms. Here we can find everyday objects of life of kings and court cut as well as the architectural remains that have been found in various excavations at the site.
The collection housed makes the Museum of the Alhambra is the best existing global collection of Art hispanomusulmán and specifically the Nazari Art.
The entrance fee is free and can find more information call 958027900/29.
History of the Alhambra.
Speaking of the Alhambra in Granada Spain first thing we ask is for its meaning, like many other words of Spanish, origins Arabic, “al-Hamra” or Red, which comes from the full name “al-Qal`a to -hamrā “that could be translated as Red Fort.
At this point there are two theories, some attribute the name from the reddish color of clay construction, and others because of the color of the land of the hill where the building stands, red hill.
Focusing and a little more in history, we can say that the Alcazaba (military construction) is the first building on record in the Alhambra dated in the year 899. Before therefore the Generalife and the Nazari palaces, Mt. of Sabika she was presided over by a military fortress.
In the early eleventh century the Kingdom of Granada zirí consolidated, which the Granada city grew in importance as the court settled on the Albaicin and was expanded the perimeter of the Alcazaba.
Already in the s. XIII, it becomes important figure of al-Ahmar, which was proclaimed emir in different cities of Andalusia, reaching Granada Spain in 1238, where we can date the beginning of the history of the Kingdom of Granada.
This monarch established there a citadel and reformed the Alcazaba again, built the first palace and the perimeter was strengthened by a wall, which could move the court there emerged for the first time in history the grounds of the Alhambra in Granada.
The maximum splendor of the Alhambra come in the fourteenth century with Yusuf I (1333-1353) and his offspring Mohamed V (1353-1391).
They restored the citadel, built palaces, and expanded the murallao famous landmarks such as the famous Patio de los Leones were created.
Despite this greatness in the fourteenth century, all the kingdoms finish their dominance at some point in history, and so, just over a century later the Catholic Kings would end up conquering the Alhambra and city in 1492 when the last Muslim emir of Granada, Muhamed Abu Abdallah, known as Boabdil met with Christian Kings to pay this kingdom in favor of the Spaniards in known as “Treaty of Granada”.
According to legend, after leaving Granada Spain, Boabdil way of his exile in the Alpujarras, he turned his head to see his city for the last time and cried, listening to her mother the Aixa sultana say, “Weep like a woman that you knew not defend like man”