This arabic castle is the last Moorish stronghold in Europe.
It was built in the 11th century, but in 1333, Yusuf I converted the Alhambra in the royal palace, until 1492, when Boabdil surrendered to The Catholic Monarchs.
It has 3 different parts.
- Alcazaba. It's the military area. You can go to the "Torre de la vela", where you can enjoy one of the nicest viewpoints in Granada.
- Nasrid palace. There's three different palaces. Mexuar Palace, Comares Palace and the Palace of the Lions.
- Generalife. The leisure area where the monarchs escaped from the routine.
To visit the alhambra it's recommended to book a ticket in advance, specially during weekends.
It costs 14€, but if you have the European youth card you pay just 9€. Students cards are not accepted. People from Granada can get in for free on Sundays.
I think you need at least 2 hours to see everything, but I recommend at least 3 or 4 hours.