The Alhambra by night is lit up and looks spectacular. While it adorns the skyline of Granada, the best bit is that you can actually spend part of the night at the Alhambra. Here’s what to expect and details

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada, on the Sabika hill, is the imposing bastion of the last Sultanate of Al-Andalus.

It is a magnificent place surrounded by walls and towers and is known as The Alhambra. This mysterious fortress is also known as a red castle for it has beautiful red colour walls.

Alhambra used to be the palatine city where the Sultan of the kingdom of Granada lived and ruled during the Nasrid dynasty.

This architecture was planned and developed according to the medieval and Hispanic Islamic urbanism laws.

Alhambra is a monument made up of different artistic elements from different eras, resulting in an architectural evolution over time. The Alhambra is isolated and connected militarily through its walls, which also has four large defensive gates along its perimeters.

The present-day Alhambra was also the residence of the Sultan and that of the royal family during the Nasrid dynasty. Today visitors can visit this magnificent monument both by day and night.

Here’s all the details you need to visit it the Alhambra by night.

The Alhambra by night all lit up with the Albaicin neighborhood on the side

Alhambra by night details

What is Alhambra by night?


Generally, historic places are visited during the day in presence of natural light.

But Alhambra is one such tourist place that is recommended to visit during the day and also at the night. The Alhambra, looks more attractive and adventurous in the dark!

Since the Alhambra at night tickets are high in demand, it is suggested to book your tickets in advance.

At the very start of your visit, through the main entrance, you will see the first stop- the Paseo de Los Cipreses. After walking along with the Paseo de Los Jardines Nuevos, you will reach the Generalife garden. These stops are included in your tour.

The Alhambra at night tickets also allow you to visit the Palace of Charles V, the Nasrid Palaces, and the Gate of Justice. The Nasrid Palaces is one of the most beautiful areas of the Alhambra.

You can also spend time exploring places like the Mexuar, the Patio de Los Arrayanes or Comares, and the Patio de Los Leones.

The Alhambra at Night is fascinating, for it offers a unique experience of the Alhambra that is limited to a few visits everyday.

What to expect at Alhambra by night?


There are several fascinating stops on your Alhambra by night visit. However the most prettiest is the Nasrid Palaces. It looks amazing during the daytime but after sunset, the lacks of tourists and the silence around make it quite mysterious.

This makes Alhambra at night worth visiting for those who wish to avoid crowds and love a romantic setting!

You can choose a guided tour or opt for audio guides as you make your way through the Alhambra.

The Nasrid palaces in the Alhambra at night

Alhambra by night info


Here are a few things you must consider knowing before visiting the Alhambra at night.

  • The Alhambra of Granada is open every day of the year except December 31st and January 1st. Alhambra at night tickets include a visit to the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife garden. If not booked in advance, the ticket cost for adults is 13.78€, for young people with a European youth card it is 10.6€. However, it is free of cost for children below 12 years

  • The timings for Alhambra at night are as follows. You can visit Alhambra from October 15 to March 31 & from April 1 to October 14. The time for October to March is 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the time for April to October is 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

  • Visiting the Alhambra at night demands walking of more than an hour. Wearing a set of any of your comfortable clothes and walking shoes or sandals is recommended

  • The meeting point for Alhambra by night is usually the Pavilion entry of the Alhambra and Generalife, beside the tourist headquarters

  • The Alhambra tour lasts for one and a half hours at the timings mentioned above. So make sure you do not take along kids or elders who might have difficulty walking for such a long time

The Alhambra during the day with hills in the back

The Alhambra during the day with the gardens to the side

How to get to Alhambra at night


The Alhambra monumental complex is located on top of an elevated hill in the city of Granada. The Alhambra is within walking distance from Plaza Nueva, the city’s centre.

The easiest way to reach the Alhambra from Plaza Nueva square is to walk up Cuesta de Gomerez and enter the enormous complex through the beautiful Puerta de las Granadas.

Depending on where you’re staying in Granada, you may need to use public transport to get to the Alhambra. You can take one of the red minibuses, routed as C30 or C32. They run every 10 minutes from Isabel Catolica Square.

If you are staying in Granada for a few days, it would probably be best to buy the Granada card. With the travel card, your trip will turn out a lot cheaper than expected.

You can buy a one-way ticket or you may choose to buy a travel card directly on the bus. From the centre of the city, it takes a short while to reach Alhambra.

You can also hire taxis to take you to the Alhambra.

You can use these facilities 24/7 for reaching the Alhambra at night.

Is Alhambra by night worth visiting?


Without a doubt, the Alhambra is a must-visit on your trip to Granada. However, the Alhambra by night is worth visiting only if you’ve visited it by day to take a look at all the architecture and details when it isn’t dark.


There are a few unrestricted areas of the Nasrid fortress that look magnificent in the dark, when lit up. The silence that surrounds it creates a serene atmosphere worth experiencing. The place is decorated with soft lights that make some spots in the Alhambra look even more grand.

Great if you like romantic settings or prefer less tourists.



Many areas that are open during the day, are restricted at the Alhambra by night show.

The gardens, the walls, and some other buildings of Alhambra by night, are the major highlights of the place. However, these places are not clear at night. The Alhambra night tour also does not include visits to major parts of the Nasrid palaces.

So its best to visit if you’re spending at least a week in Spain with a couple of days dedicated to Granada and love architecture!

The exterior of the Alhambra by night

Where to stay near the Alhambra?


There are a number of stay options available near Alhambra. You may select the stay locations depending on your convenience, availability of budget, and of course number of days you wish to stay.

Luxury stay

Aurea Washington IrvingIs one of the most premium stays in Granada. Known for its amazing decor and ambience, the design of the hotel is inspired by one of the famous authors of Spain- Aurea Washington.

It depicts, literature, art, ancient romanticism, and history. It is a one-of-a-kind experience to be at this place for a stay while on your day trip from Seville to Granada. The hotel is quite close to the Alhambra, with some rooms that have a view of the Alhambra and has a great restaurant. Book here

Budget stay

The Casa de Federico Boutique guest house is set in the heart of town, a short distance from the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Highly rated, some rooms have views of the Alhambra and most come with a terrace perfect to spend the evenings if you’re visiting in summer.

Highly rated by guests, all rooms have breakfast included and is quite liked by couples for its design. Book here

Things to do at Alhambra by night


The Alhambra by Night is a great experience to witness and totally worth a visit. Here’s a list of things you can do during your visit to the Alhambra by night.


Know the history – During the Alhambra at night visit, you can choose to have a guided tour with the help of a tourist guide.

Getting to know the history and stories of kings and queens and other events during their rule is indeed the most interesting part. The guides are experienced and help you understand the significance of each of the places visited during the night show.


Night photography – If you have a good camera (even phones are great nowadays) you may not want to miss the chance to capture the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces and Carlos V Palace at night.


City views – It is fun to catch a panoramic view of Granada at night from the Alhambra as many spots offer a bird’s eye view of the city


Explore with the audio guide – Instead of exploring the Alhambra with a tourist guide, you may want to opt to get an audio guide and take the Alhambra night tour all by yourself. Walking through the monument on your own is also a great experience.

Lions supporting a water basin inside the Alhambra night

Things to carry to Alhambra at night


During the Alhambra by night tour, it is necessary to be equipped with a few things to avoid emergencies and last-minute surprises. Here’s a list of things you would need during your night tour to Alhambra.

  • As a tourist, it is essential to carry an ID in case of any emergencies

  • You may want to carry your tourist pass and the pre-booked tickets for the Alhambra night visit

  • It is recommended you carry only the things that are essential to you so it makes it easier to take the tour at night

  • You may want to carry some snacks if you wish. However, smoking and drinking alcohol on the premises of Alhambra are strictly prohibited

  • Depending on the time of year you are visiting the Alhambra, make sure you carry a jumper or jacket

  • Do not forget your camera if you wish to take pictures

  • Since the tour is at night and lasts an hour it is recommended you carry some water with you

  • You may also want to carry your prescribed medicines with you if you have any health conditions

  • It is always good to carry some paper napkins with you especially if you have toddlers accompanying you!

Famous places to visit near the Alhambra


Depending on when you attend the show, the following are the places you can visit at Alhambra by night.


  • Medina – A great example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, it used to be a place where the court officials lived.


  • Mexuar – It is the oldest part of the Nasrid Palaces. Many parts of the Mexuar were changed over a period of time. The Azulejo-clad audience chamber was used for the public administration of justice and large assemblies


  • Patio de Los Leones – A place famous as the Court of Lions. This place has a structure of a big dodecagon-shaped basin resting on top of twelve lions that surround it.


  • Generalife gardens – Alhambra has a beautiful and newly created entrance for the garden that hosts the beautiful show of the Music and Dance Festival every year


  • Areas of Patio de Los Arrayanes that used to be the court of Myrtles, Torre de Comares which was the Comares Tower, Sala de Los Embajadores which was the hall of the Ambassadors, and Sala de Barca which is presently known as Hall of the Blessing

Nightlife in Granada before Alhambra at night

Best time to visit Alhambra by night


Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit the Alhambra by night.

From April to June and October to November, the weather is perfect. Summers are overwhelming and temperatures go as high as 40 degree celsius during the noons. It can get quite uncomfortable at times if you’re visiting the Alhambra by day as well.

When in Granada, it is recommended to start the Alhambra night visit before 10 pm. You’ll have an excellent view of the city of Granada if you visit around this time.

Some interesting Alhambra facts


  • The incredible Alhambra was built by the Romans and taken by the Muslim emirs from the Nasrid dynasty. The construction of these lovely palaces we see today was done by the Moors. The walls of Alhambra are not only decorated with designs but also have quotes and poems from the Quran representing the everyday life of man and the spirituality around it

  • At the Alhambra, the monument of Al-Andalus is a Christian monument. It was after the Catholic took over the Alhambra, that the grand mosque was transformed into a Christian chapel. But, even today, it is taken care of as a symbol of history

  • Alhambra’s walls were built out of rammed earth material, and the wall columns contain a coating of lead between the base and column. That is the reason, the Alhambra could survive hundreds of years of seismic activity, earthquakes, and other events of world history

  • The present-day Alhambra is the result of a monument that was built gradually over centuries. The current architecture includes royal apartments, halls, palaces, gardens, military barracks, mosques, churches, forts, and towers

FAQs about Alhambra by night

What to wear to the Alhambra night tour?

Though there is no dress code, it is recommended to use comfortable clothes. Wearing comfortable and sturdy footwear is also recommended.


Can you eat at the Alhambra night show?

You may eat food and water that you carry with you. However, there are almost no options to buy food at Alhambra during the night tour.


Is a passport mandatory at Alhambra?

Usually, an ID is mandatory to be shown for entry.


Is a tour guide necessary for the Alhambra night visit?

No but having a guide throughout the Alhambra night visit help you get first hand info about the history of the place. However, you may also choose to buy audio guides too

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