Alcazaba, Alhambra, Granada: History, Tour and Tickets

Alcazaba, Alhambra History

Alcazaba is the oldest and most ruined part of Alhambra, rich with history. Even before the Muslims arrived here, the place is believed to have several constructions, probably some from Roman times. History has it that Alcazaba was first built in 9th century by Sawwar ben Hamdun during the fights between Muslims and muwalladins (Christians who converted to the Islam and lived among the Muslims).

Today what we get to see was built by Mohammed I. He built 3 new towers: Broken Tower, Keep and Watch Tower and constructed the ramparts around the previous castle. The site got the look of fortress and was used for military purposes.
The Christians who took over the city used it as state prison during French occupation.

The Tour of Alacazaba, Alhambra

The tour rewarded us with exotic views of Granada city and plenty of exercise. Steep stairs to top, breezy enough to blow your hair on your face, pleasant evening sun and then wonderful views to photograph, the tour was worth every second of it. We walked through the remains of ruins, mostly uneven terrain towards the biggest tower. It is a huge complex and the tour can easily take one hour even if you decide to skip some of the steep parts. The tower’s 4 flags represent: blue of the European Union, the green and white of Andalucia, red and yellow of Spain and red and green of Granada. The flags are just next to Bell Tower. Take water and snacks along, there is no water source inside and climbing can be tiring on a hot day.

A small legend I read on this fort is: when Christians took over the fort, the fleeing Moorish King looked back and wept, when his mother chided him saying, “You weep like a woman for what you couldn’t defend like a man!” Muslim reign from here lasted for more than 7 centuries. 


The four flags beside the bell tower.


Keep your tickets; you will have to show them at the entrance to Alcazaba. If by any chance you miss out the daily quota of tickets to Nasrid Palace you can buy day tickets for Visit to the Gardens, the Alcazaba fortress and Generalife
 • Adults: 7.00 €
• Children under 12: Free entry.

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41 Responses

  1. really loved the third picture 🙂

  2. Beautiful realization of the challenge. The Alhambra is one of the most beautiful things in the world. And you know that we have been there several times. Greetings from us.

  3. Gattina says:

    Very beautiful !

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Amazing place and wonderful history!! Great post/photos for the day, as always, Indrani!! And thank you as always for sharing!! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!!

  5. Indrani all pictures are beautiful but 4th one is amazing 🙂

  6. Uppal says:

    Loved the Beautiful composition of the 3rd image!

  7. Interesting Post describing the historical information.. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Beautiful photo, nice narration. The name Andalucia takes me to the past. So dreamy, so romantic.

  9. informative post & awesome pics !

  10. This is one heck of a tour.

  11. Thanks for sharing these beautiful views!

  12. magiceye says:

    Beautiful captures and interesting information.

  13. Beautiful historical place. I always get to brush up my archaeological knowledge from your blogs 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  14. ladyfi says:

    It was so many years ago that I visited the Alhambra – your beautiful photos bring back good memories.

  15. Sri Kri says:

    Great post with interesting info and lovely shots.

  16. Ami Bhat says:

    Very interesting. And lovely pics. Thanks for sharing.


  17. Awesome photos,
    Nice informative post.

  18. very informative post…. loved it 🙂

  19. The third picture is spellbinding!

  20. I especially loved the third picture… 🙂

  21. Interesting Post describing the historical information. awesome photos Indrani Ji

  22. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, what a wonderful tour of this historical place. Your images are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing your visit. Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

  23. Gorgeous places well captured!

  24. Thanks for sharing this interesting piece, good to know!! 🙂

  25. Sudhir R says:

    Went through your complete Spain Odyssey. It must have been a fantastic journey. I loved all the churches, The lamps posts , the journey photographs all clicked beautifully.

  26. Very informative post and lovely pictures Indrani 🙂

  27. Bushra M says:

    Interesting. Beautiful clicks!

  28. Mridula says:

    Such grand history and such a grand monument.

  29. Superb images Indrani.

  30. afanja says:

    Wonderful shots. The last one is my favorite with those four waving flags in front of the clear blue sky.

  31. So the tower was put to good use by the Christians. Good view of the city from the top.

  32. DeniseinVA says:

    Magnificent images, an impressive area.

  33. Al says:

    What a great fortress, it certainly looks like it's got a deep history to it.

  34. The photo of the city and the other one of the flags, both are magnificent!

  35. Amazing shots! I loved the third one, captured from a perfect angle! 🙂

  36. I had forgotten that the Moors were in Spain for so many centuries!

  37. The first two pictures provide the indepth of the magnificent fort with so much history gone into it.The next two pictures captured from top are incredible and awesome.

  38. Jeevan says:

    You got wonderful views from the fort and I could understand how tough it must be climbing to the top that too in hot weather cond. nice detail on history and existence.

  39. such a lovely narration indrani di..i felt i walking with you!!

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