What to do if you’re out of Nasrid Palace tickets: tips and alternatives

The Nasrid Palaces within the Alhambra are undoubtedly spectacular but obtaining tickets can be challenging (the tickets including them are called General tickets). Luckily, there is much more to explore in this historic site. So even if you are unable to secure tickets for the Palacios Nazaríes, don’t fret! The Alhambra offers a wealth of architectural wonders and natural beauty beyond the palaces. In this comprehensive and extensive post, we will introduce you to fascinating alternatives that will make your visit worthwhile, even without access to the Nasrid Palaces.

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit to the Alhambra, it is highly recommended to purchase your tickets well in advance. Due to the high demand and limited availability, it is advisable to buy your tickets from 6 to 8 weeks in advance. Find information on How to buy tickets to the Alhambra here.

Nasrid Palaces and Admission Tickets

Nastrid Palaces at night

What Are the Nasrid Palaces?

The Nasrid Palaces are a set of interconnected palaces within the Alhambra complex that were built by the Nasrid dynasty, the last Muslim dynasty in Spain. The palaces are known for their intricate designs, intricate tile work, and stunning arches. They were built between the 13th and 15th centuries and were the residence of the Nasrid emirs.

How to Purchase Nasrid Palace Tickets

Acquiring tickets for the Nasrid Palaces can be challenging as they tend to sell out weeks in advance. You can purchase your tickets online from the official Alhambra website. However, if you want to book a guided tour, you can either buy your own tickets first and then book a guide to accompany you or buy an Alhambra guided tour which includes tickets.

It is important to note that tickets are only available for a specific time slot, so you should plan your visit accordingly. In addition to your tickets, either printed or on your mobile device, you must bring your passport.

Nasrid Palace Admission Time Slots

When purchasing tickets for the Nasrid Palaces, you need to select a specific time slot. The time slot indicates the time at which you will be able to enter the palaces. It is essential to arrive on time. 

Alternatives to Nasrid Palace Tickets

If Nasrid Palace tickets are unavailable, there are alternative ways to experience the Alhambra. You may purchase tickets for the Generalife gardens and Alcazaba, which are equally stunning. You can read all the different options here.

Generalife Gardens and Alcazaba

Although these tickets do not include the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces, they are a very interesting option.

Our Guided tour: “The Hydraulic System: Conquering Water in the Alhambra”  includes them.

By enrolling in this tour, you will uncover how the Alhambra water system was built over 800 years ago and how it has withstood the test of time, leaving an indelible legacy in the history of architecture and engineering. You will learn about the innovative techniques used in its construction and how they managed to bring water from the mountains to the gardens and fountains of the Alhambra, transforming a wasteland into what it is still today. 

Exploring other Treasures of the Alhambra

Alhambra tours with tickets

The Alhambra complex is vast, encompassing numerous enchanting corners of architectural marvels. While the Nasrid Palaces steal the spotlight, there are other equally captivating areas that should not be overlooked. Here is a detailed list of the places you can explore with a ticket to the gardens:

Models of the Alhambra

Before embarking on your journey, take a moment to visit the map and the bronze scaled models of the Alhambra, located at the main entrance pavilion. These intricate replicas offer a comprehensive view of the structure and its evolution throughout the centuries.

Main Entrance Pavilion

Upon entering the complex, you will be greeted by a magnificent main entrance pavilion. This stunning architectural masterpiece provides a glimpse into the beauty that awaits you within the gardens.

Orchards of Generalife

Take a leisurely stroll through the lush orchards surrounding the Generalife Palace. These carefully manicured gardens will delight your senses with their flowing fountains, fragrant flowers, and fruit-bearing trees. Immerse yourself in a serene ambiance of natural beauty.

Lower Gardens of Generalife

Generalife gardens and vegetables

After exploring the orchards, venture into the Lower Gardens of Generalife. This tranquil and exquisite space is adorned with charming courtyards, dancing fountains, and serene ponds. Surrender to the harmony of nature and architecture.

Interior of Generalife Palace

Although you may not have access to the interior of the Generalife Palace, its dazzling architecture can still be admired from the exterior. Take in the galleries, courtyards, and viewpoints that offer panoramic vistas of the gardens and the Alhambra as a whole.

Patio del Ciprés de la Sultana (Court of the Sultana’s Cypress Tree)

Marvel at the beauty of the Patio del Ciprés de la Sultana, a charming space that combines elements of water, greenery, and intricate architecture. The fusion of cypress trees, fountains, and elaborate decorations creates a magical atmosphere.

Water Staircase, Water Tower, and Hammam at the Royal Street

As you venture deeper into the gardens, you will encounter unique architectural features. The Water Staircase, adorned with tiles and cascades, transports you to another era. The Water Tower, an iconic landmark, offers a panoramic view of the Alhambra. And the Hammam at the Royal Street invites you to imagine the bathing and relaxation rituals of the past.

Gardens and Palace of Partal

Explore the gardens and the Palace of Partal, one of the most picturesque areas of the Alhambra. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of the palaces and the surrounding mountains. Discover exquisitely designed gardens and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of ancient Nasrid royalty.

Plaza del Aljibe (Water Deposit) and Justice Gate

These historical sites bear witness to the significance of water in the Alhambra. The Plaza del Aljibe, with its impressive water reservoir, showcases how water was managed and distributed in the complex. The Justice Gate, with its monumental arch, invites you to envision moments of glory and transcendence in the Alhambra’s history.

Discovering Granada Beyond the Alhambra

If you find yourself without tickets to the Nasrid Palaces, fret not, as Granada has much more to offer. Here are two unmissable options:

“Sabika” Tour Around the Alhambra

While you may not enter the Alhambra, you can still enjoy a tour that takes you around the Sabika Hill. This experience will provide you with panoramic views and unique perspectives of the city of Granada and the outer walls of the Alhambra. Explore charming pathways, discover hidden corners, and marvel at the grandeur of the complex from different angles.

Visit to the Albaicín and Sacromonte

Private tour to Albaicin

Explore the magic of Albaicín and Sacromonte with our guided tour. Albaicín, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure you shouldn’t miss. Its narrow-cobbled it  streets transport you to another era, while the whitewashed houses and flourishing patios create a picturesque and charming atmosphere.

During our private tour of Albaicín, you’ll enjoy unforgettable views of the majestic Alhambra, gracefully perched on the opposite hill. Get lost in its labyrinthine streets, discovering historic and charming corners. Visit ancient churches that hold centuries of history and culture.

But that’s not all. Our tour will also take you to Sacromonte, a place full of charm and tradition. Known for its flamenco caves and gypsy heritage, Sacromonte immerses you in an authentic and vibrant atmosphere. You can enjoy live flamenco shows and discover the gypsy culture that has left a profound mark on this place.

Guided by our expert guides, you’ll delve into the rich history and culture of Granada. Every corner you visit will transport you to past eras and make you feel part of history. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Albaicín and Sacromonte with us and have an unforgettable experience in the beautiful city of Granada.


While running out of tickets for the Nasrid Palaces may initially seem disappointing, the Alhambra and Granada still offer a captivating and enriching experience. Exploring the gardens, courtyards, and other impressive corners of the Alhambra will allow you to appreciate its essence and rich history. Additionally, the suggested alternatives, such as the tour of the hydraulic system of the Alhambra and the visit to the Albaicín, will provide you with a different yet equally captivating perspective of the city. Granada has so much to offer, from its historical, cultural, and natural charm. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover this jewel of Andalusia!