When booking for the Alhambra be aware
that you can purchase two types of tickets. One is for a visit to the
Generalarif only. The other is for the Generalarif as well as the Nasrid
palaces and the Alcazaba. If you only buy a ticket for the Generalarif
you will not be able to enter the Nasrid palaces or the Alcazaba.
If you buy a ticket for both, you will need to give a specific time to
enter the Nasrid Palace. Once you book a specific time you have to enter
at that time only. They are very strict regarding this. For example, if
you book to enter the Nasrid Palace at 5pm, then you should enter the
Alhambra complex at 3.30pm, proceed to the Generalrif immediately.
Viewing this should take about an hour to an hour and a half. Once
completed you should make your way to the Nasrid Palace complex. You
must be at the entrance to the Palace itself (and not at the sign post
showing the entrance to the complex) at the designated time (5pm). You
need to show your ticket here. The visit to the palaces should take
about an hour and a half. Once completed proceed to the Alcazaba which
should take another half an hour.
In total you should give yourself about 4 hours at the Alhambra.
Please keep you ticket with you all the time as you will be asked to
show it when you leave the Nasrid Palace complex.
Don't just walk through the Alhambra like
you are taking a stroll on the high street. The Alhambra is an
experience. And to experience it you need to gently unwrap the Alhambra
from the layers of dazzling imagery, breathtaking architecture and
hundreds of years of historical memory. You will undoubtedly have your
video and digital cameras capturing that “ I was there” moment, but take
time out from this and you will be enriched by the sheer majesty and
magnificence of this legacy.
In the summer months, this can be thirsty work. It is best that you buy
bottles of water from a local supermarket where prices are far cheaper
than from the kiosk at the Alhambra which could put a strain on your
budget. For those with sensitive skin, don’t forget sun protection as
temperatures reach a high 30 degrees. A peak cap might provide some
protect but a floppy hat with a wide brim is more than adequate.