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Alhambra tickets and itinerary suggestions

We’re attending a conference in Seville in May and plan to be in Spain around 7-8 days. We’ll need 3+ days in Seville and then we’re considering Granada and possibly visiting some coastal towns/beaches in between. Any suggested itineraries and it looks like the Alhambra tickets are already sold out. Are scheduled tours through other companies valid ways to see the Alhambra? Thanks!

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Make sure you are booking at the official site: https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/en/
There are several ticket types for Alhambra. So, which specifically is sold out? You may be able to get that as a night visit (really lovely shadows on the plaster). Or, the D'obla Doro ticket includes a booked entry to Nazrid Palace.
Otherwise, some people ask their hotel to arrange some sort of ticket for them, or yes, you can take a tour.

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I don't think Maria is right that the General ticket is just the grounds. It is the basic ticket that includes the three ticketed main sights. You don't need a ticket to just see the grounds.

If the official site has sold out, then there is nothing wrong with booking a tour. Obviously that's a premium option. Make sure the tour includes the Nasrid Palace which, most agree, is the highlight of the complex.

If you can't get Alhambra tickets at a price you can accept, then I'd consider skipping Granada (even though I do love the city), and instead adding more time to Sevilla, also staying in Cordoba and pethaps visiting Cadiz or Costa de la Luz for the seaside for example.

Whilst in Sevilla make sure you visit the Real Alcazar - but buy a ticket in advance to avoid long queues. If you are there in early May then the April (!) Fair will be on, so you might wish to investigate that too.

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If you are staying in granada for 2 nights you maybe able to get the pernocta card which includes Alhambra. We are visiting in end of April and could not get any tickets anywhere. I requested our hotel and they were able to get us 5 tickets today. Once you book hour hotel ask them to get it for you

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It is my understanding that blocks of ticket are set aside for hotel guests. We got our ticket via our hotel and it was the same price.

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Hi, We were there last week. The General Ticket which costs 14 euros includes access to Nasrid Palaces (timed entry), Alcazaba, Generalife and gardens and Partal Gardens on the same day. The only parts of the Alhambra which can be accessed free without any kind of ticket are the garden in front of Palacio Carlos V and the area in front of the Alcazaba where there is the kiosk, the Museum and Art Gallery (museo bellas artes) inside Palacio Carlos V, the church and the small garden of the Parador. All these can be accessed from the road which leads up to the Parador or through Puerta de Justicia.

https://slowtravelitalyspain.blogspot.com/2019/03/granada-in-march-day-3-alhambra-visit.html
https://slowtravelitalyspain.blogspot.com/2019/03/granada-in-march-day-2-centre-and.html

The Alhambra and Granada are spectacular but I agree with Nick, while you are in Seville visit Cordoba and Cadiz so you can spend less time travelling and more enjoying the wonderful places and leave Granada for a future trip.
https://slowtravelitalyspain.blogspot.com/2018/10/cordoba-day-3.html

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I stand corrected. General does include Nazrid Palace. Must have had a distracted moment. I'll update my original post. But the other ticket options apply - I did check the website for those ;-)

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Andrea,
You don’t mention your dates but
if you plan to visit Granada, you can still visit the Alhambra.
There are very few Dobla de Oro General tickets left from May 21-31.

Another option is to buy a Granada Card which includes entrance to the Nasrid Palaces; there are a limited number of tickets available from May 10-31.

Buy ASAP because these tickets will soon disappear!

Have a wonderful trip!

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Just wondering... Were you able to get tickets to the Alhambra?

Have a wonderful trip!