Free Sections of The Alhambra
Activity: Free Sections of The Alhambra. How to Get There: Take Bus 32 or hike up the giant hill. Cost: Free. Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
I recognize not everyone plans to the detail I do. Some people are going to show up in Granada without reservations to The Alhambra. If this is you, you can still enjoy The Alhambra without booking a very pricey last-minute all-day tour.
Start your free tour of The Alhambra in the city. Take the path up and take the right fork. It will wind you up some beautiful nature and then drop you off at a giant archway. Go through this arch (called The Gate of Justice). Look up and notice The Hand of Fatima.
If you’re a “Memories of the Alhambra” fan, I don’t need to explain this to you. If not, you should probably watch this Korean drama in order to fully appreciate The Alhambra and also to understand why there are so many Korean tour groups. The Hand of Fatima is an ancient symbol of femininity believed to ward off the evil eye.
Keep going through The Gate of Justice and poke around the courtyard there. Though you can’t enter the Alcazaba without a ticket or the Nasrid Palace, you can see the outside of them quite well. Entering Charles V’s palace is free too! Turn left past where you drop off your stroller and the entrance is on your right. You’ll know you’ve found the right place when you find a huge theater with marble columns.
The guy who conquered the Muslim king appreciated how nice his palace was, so instead of tearing it down, he built his own right next to it. The acoustics in this theater are perfect. Stand in the very center and try it out. A piece of advice, be careful letting children do this. The last thing they need is to be even louder. Go up and down the stairs to fully explore the place.There’s an Alhambra museum in the basement of this palace that is free and has some of the best surviving Muslim art.
When you’re done with the palace, continue on past the big buildings. We enjoyed looking at the American themed hotel. As you keep going, you will pass The Generalife gardens. You can kind of peek in and see that they are pretty! When you get to the top, there is a gift shop with tons of kids books about The Alhambra. We ended up spending nearly an hour in there browsing all the books and playing with the toys.
The path next to The Alhambra is gorgeous and free to walk through. It’s to the left as you’re leaving the gift shop. This path will take you all the way back down to the city!