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  • Pre-buying your tickets to the Alhambra.
  • Night visits to the Alhambra.
  • How to get to the Alhambra.
During the high tourist season (roughly June, July, August, and early September) and Spanish holidays, it is a good idea to pre-buy your tickets to the Alhambra.
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You can pre-buy your tickets for the Alhambra online at BBVA, a Spanish bank. You may also order tickets in person through any BBVA branch office, including those BBVA branches outside of Spain. It is also possible to arrange for tickets ordered in one BBVA branch to be picked up at another BBVA branch office.

Another method for reserving tickets is to phone the Alhambra administration offices (+34) 958-220-912. Tickets can then be picked up on the day of your visit at the entrance desk.

From what I have been told, about 8,000 tickets are issued each day for the Alhambra. Of this 8,000, most will be booked in advance. If you are going to do advance reservations (recommended during high season), don't wait until a day or two before your visit. Chances are you will find the reserved tickets for your day of visit have already been booked.

The Alhambra ticketing office opens at 8 a.m. If you do not pre-book, it is a good idea to arrive early. The Alhambra does limit admissions to the palaces to a prescribed number and as noted above, only a portion of the tickets for any particular day are set aside for people just walking up to the counter.

From March to October, there are also night visits to the Palacios Nazaries on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00-11:30pm. While I have never personally done this, many people report it was a highlight of their visit to the Alhambra. (ticket office open 7:45 - 8:15 P.M.)

It is possible to walk up to the Alhambra, but unless you want a lot of exercise, I don't recommend walking. Take the bus to the Alhambra or a taxi. If you have energy left after walking around the Alhambra for 3-5 hours, you then might want to walk down to the central city.
Photo above - Take this gate to go up to the Alhambra. Shops line both sides of the street on this side of the gate. Parkland starts on the other side.

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