What to see in Granada - Principal Monuments

The Alhambra and Generalife

The Alhambra is Granada's most interesting monument, the most beautiful and representative of Arab art from all times and countries. It rises from the top of a hill named "Assabica," (red) which dominates the city.

AlhambraIn the XIIIth century the founder of the Nasrid dynasty, Mohamed Ben Alhamar, built the Alcazaba or fortress, which is the oldest part of the Alhambra. Beside the Alhambra we find the Generalife, summer residence of the Nasrid monarchy which incorporates elaborated fountains and pools in one of othe world's most renowned gardens.

Daily Visit

Opening Hours:

November till February
  • Daytime: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 18:00 hours. The visit to the Nasrid Palaces can only be made in the time frame indicated on the ticket. Ticket office open from 8:00 till 17:00 hours.
  • Nighttime: Friday and Saturday from 20:00 till 21:30. Access to the Nasrid Palaces 20:00 till 20:45 hours. Ticket office open from 19:45 till 20:15.

March till October
  • Daytime: Monday through Sunday from 8:30 to 20:00 hours. The visit to the Nasrid Palaces can only be made in the time frame indicated on the ticket. Ticket office open from 8:00 till 19:00 hours.
  • Nighttime: Tuesday to Saturday from 22:00 till 23:30. Access to the Nasrid Palaces 22:00 till 22:45 hours. Ticket office open from 21:45 till 22:45.

Closed: December 25 and January 1

General Tickets: Information about the tickets (how to get, prices.

The Cathedral

Located in the city center, with entrance off the Gran Via, the Granada cathedral is considered the first Renaissance cathedral in Spain. The building, projected next to the then existing Mosque, was begun in 1505 with plans by Enrique Egas, soon changed to Renaissance style by Diego de Siloé.

Catedral GranadaLocated in the city center, with entrance off the Gran Via, the Granada cathedral is considered the first Renaissance cathedral in Spain. The building, projected next to the then existing Mosque, was begun in 1505 with plans by Enrique Egas, soon changed to Renaissance style by Diego de Siloé.

Daily Visit

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday from 10:30 till 13:30 and from 16:00 till 19:00 hours, Sunday and holidays 16:00 till 19:00.

Ticket: Entrance in the same monument
- Ordinary ticket: 4 €
- Children under eight: Free entrance

The Royal Chapel

Built by order of the Catholic Monarchs, the Royal Chapel was constructed by Enrique Egas in 1504 for the purpose of housing their final resting place.

Capilla RealThe exterior of the chapel comprises a single facade in Plateresque style, as the other three sides are adjacent to the structure of the cathedral. The Royal Chapel houses valuable Flemish sculptures and paintings including the famous Passion triptych of Dierick Bouts, which formed part of the collection of Queen Isabella and, for its quality and dimensions, is the most important painting in Granada.

Private Visit

Ticket: In the same box office
- Ordinary ticket: 4 €
- Children under eight: Free entrance

Opening Hours
April 1 till October 31: from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00 hours and 16:00 to 19:00 hours.
November 1 till March 31: from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00 hours and 15:30 to 18:30 hours.
Closed all day Good Friday and the mornings of January 2 and October 12. 

Cartuja Monastery (Charterhouse)

Monasterio CartujaWork on the Cartuja Monastery was begun in 1506, thanks to the support of El Gran Capitán (The Great Captain), Fernando González de Córdoba, and continued for three centuries. The entrance to the monastery leads directly into the cloister, a simple patio with Doric arches. At the left of the main altar is the sacristy, an outstanding example of Spanish Baroque with elaborate ornamentation, reflecting an engaging play of light and perspective. .

Private Visit

Ticket: in the box office at the entrance
Ordinary ticket: 5,00 €
children under eight: Free entrance

Opening Hours: 
- Summer Time: Monday to Friday from 10 to 20, Saturdays from 10 to 13 and 15 to 20 and Sundays from 10 to 20.
- Winter hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 to 13 and from 3 to 6 pm and Sundays from 10 to 18. 

San Jeronimo Monastery

The San Jeronimo Monastery is a church and monastery built by El Florentino, El Indiano y Diego de Siloé. It houses a marvelous altarpiece, along with the bones of Fernando González de Córdoba, El Gran Capitán.

Monasterio JeronimoTickets: in the box office at the entrance
- Ordinary ticket: 4 €
- Children under eight: Free entrance

Opening Hours:
- April 1 to October 31: from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30 hours and from 16:00 to 19:30 hours.
- November 1 to March 31: from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30 hours and from 16:00 to 18:30 hours.

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Visits of the Alhambra