The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most beautiful monuments in the region of Andalusia, Spain. I really wanted to visit the famous Alhambra during my stay at Malaga, so I booked my ticket (15,40€) a few weeks in advance including the Nasrid Palaces. I strongly recommend to book tickets online, because it’s always sold out the day itself.
How to get to Granada from Malaga?
A bus ride to Granada from Malaga takes about 90 minutes and can be booked with ALSA, at the bus station. A round trip costs about 23€. After arriving at the bus station in Granada, you still need to take 2 buses to reach the city’s center. First you take the SN1 to Fuente Nueva and then the LAC to the cathedral.
From there you can start to discover Granada. First I took a look at the cathedral and its surroundings and then I headed towards the Baños Arabes (which aren’t easy to find, it’s just a small door and there is no sign. I passed it three times before I found it!) passing the Plaza Nueva. Walking down the Carrera del Darro next to the Darro river is fun and makes you feel like you stepped into a time machine straight to the Middle Ages. When you look up you’ll see the Alhambra on top of the hill. I had lunch at the Paseo del Padre Manjon and then it was time to go uphill.
Visit the Alhambra, jewel of Granada
You can reach the Alhambra by taking the mini bus C3 which stops at the Plaza Isabel La Catolica. It takes about 5-10 minutes before arriving the top of the hill. Make sure to arrive early. You still need to stand in line at the entrance to change your e-ticket into a real ticket, stand in line again to enter and then you have to walk another 10 minutes to reach the Nasrid Palaces. There you have to stand in line again (15 minutes before the entry time on your ticket). A visit at the Alhambra takes at least 3 hours. The Nasrid Palaces are the most memorable, but the gardens of Generalife are also very pretty.
My favourite Alhambra sights:
Hall of Justice (Sala de la Justicia)
Court of the Myrtles (Patio de los Arrayanes)
Court of the Abencerrajes
Hall of the Ambassadors (Salón de Embajadores)
Court of the Lions (Patio de los Leones)
Mirador San Nicolas
If you still have a little time left after your visit to the Alhambra and you want to explore Granada some more, you could climb up the other hill facing the Alhambra to the Mirador San Nicolas to have a nice view on the Alhambra. On your way up you should walk through the Calle Calderia Nueva, where you’ll find a lot of cute Arab influenced shops. I loved this little street!
I think Granada has a lot to offer beside the Alhambra, so I regret not seeing more of this wonderful place. I will definitely return some day!