Photos: Inside Granada’s Famous La Alhambra

A trip to Granada is not complete without touring La Alhambra. Our guide on our walking tour even said, “You won’t leave Granada without seeing La Alhambra.”

Tickets are difficult to get, especially during high season, aka summer. I tried to buy entrance tickets online two days before we arrived in Granada but they were all sold out for the next week.

When we got to our hostel in Granada, the receptionist told us if we went to the tourist information office straight away, we should be able to get tickets for the next day.

Unfortunately the next day was Saturday, the busiest day of the week. They had one ticket left and since there were two of us, we were not getting into La Alhambra.

After some consideration, we decided to book an extra night at our hostel in Granada and see if we could get tickets for Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., we went to the tourist information office and were able to get two tickets for the next morning. Our entrance time for the Palace was 8:30 a.m.

Getting out the door at 8 a.m. turned out to be a little more difficult than we realized so we arrived at La Alhambra around 8:50 a.m. We grabbed audio guides and were told we could skip the incredibly long line of people waiting to get in with their 9 a.m. tickets. Score!

I didn’t find our audio guide very interesting. The recordings were very long winded and thus difficult to pay attention to. It mostly just described the different architecture. I found that I only really listened to the recordings for the things I found particularly beautiful. In hindsight, I would have saved the 4.10 Euros and just walked through and enjoyed the architecture myself.

While the Arabic style architecture was stunning, the gardens surrounding the palace were my favorite part! I could’ve gotten lost in those gardens for hours. I would love to go up there with a pen and paper and write for hours. Anyone’s creative juices would flow up there.

Before you take a look at the below photos…just know that there were a ton of people there! I was unfortunately stuck behind two 20 person tour groups so it was impossible to get a good photo. I found myself dodging around people and trying to take weird angle photos so that there would be the least amount of people in it as possible. Unfortunately, that means my photos are not very nice. But it is a beautiful place so hopefully one day you can see it for yourself because as always, my photos just do not do it justice!

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