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When is the best time of day to visit the Alhambra

A lot of people ask me what is the best time to visit the Alhambra because it is necesary to state the time when buying the ticket. This is because the amount of people allowed to go through the Nasrid Palaces is controlled in order to avoid overcrowding. See pictures of the Nasrid Palaces here

I go to the Alhambra about 2 or 3 times a year, because I go when I am visited by family or friends.
I never seem to get bored of it.

If I have a choice I book tickets to the Nasrid palaces at about 12.30 midday.
This means that I would actually arrive at the Alhambra at about 11.30am.
Before going through the Nasrid palaces I visit the Alcazaba (the castle like bit) and wander around looking at the Albaicín.

The map on this page will help you understand the layout of the Alhambra

This means that by the time I have been to the Generalife I am developing a good appetite for a midday meal. After coming out of the Alhambra just before 2pm I either go to the Mimosa outdoor restaurant near to the entrance to the Alhambra. (It is not very good value for money but there is a pleasant place to sit)

If I am with friends on a tighter budget there is a very cheap fairly good "menu del dia" at the Guadalupe hotel.more info

A few days ago I ate at the Parador inside the Alhambra.
They have a menu del dia for 29 euros. By Granada standards this is expensive but it is cheap for an expensive restaurante if you see what I mean.
There is a pleasant courtyard where you can sit here

So my advice is to book the Alhambra tickets about 90 minutes before you want to eat.

For links to places to eat near to the entrance to the Alhambra click here

However, in July in August it is best to book as early as possible to avoid the midday heat.

There is info about how to buy the tickets here

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Comment Leslie Smith
9-18-2008 at 11:40pm

Good time for Alhambra visit
I wouldn't suggest such a short time as 90 minutes to get round the palaces as well as the Generalife. I've been many times too and spent a good 3 hours minimum wandering in awe through the Palaces and the gardens. Certainly it's best to book ahead and also to get there an hour before your ticket time to allow for the walk through to the Palace entrance for your timed slot for entry.

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