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Visiting Nasrid Palaces Granada

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Nasrid Palaces is a complex of palaces, and was the residence of the kings of Granada. Its construction was started by the founder of the dynasty, Alhamar, in the thirteenth century, although the buildings that have survived to our time date mainly from the fourteenth century. The walls of these palaces enclose the refinement and the delicateness of the last Hispano-Arab governors of Al Andalus, the Nasrids. Three palaces form these premises: El Mexuar, The Comares or Yusuf I Palace, o de Yusuf I and The Palace of the Lions, or of Mohammed V. The intimate concept of the royal palace, closed to curious eyes, harmonises the robustness of the outside stretches of the walls with the fragility inside, where the architectural elements become purely ornamental.The poor materials used to decorate the palaces demonstrate the temporality of the construction compared with the cosmos, the proof of man's transient nature. The patios, continuous allusions to gardens, with elements of Persian and Muslim inspiration, are a taste of paradise, a nomad's oasis, a delight to the senses. Water, the element that shapes the palace, combining the garden with architecture, represents purity. Crystalline water running between the fountains marble. Life-giving water making the garden lush and fresh, providing aesthetic beauty, and the sultan's generosity. There are many things to do at Nasrid Palaces.

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The Kitchen of granada: Nasrid Palaces

The Kitchen of granada: Nasrid Palaces

1. The Lion's Palace

1. The Lion's Palace

At this palace the “nazarie” art and style reaches its maximum splendour, where the beauty has a sensibility and harmony incomparable; where the light, the water, the colours and the exquisite decoration of this palace, are a pleasure for the senses. The previous period of abstract and geometrical decorations are left behind to give way to a more natural style, without a doubt of Christian influence, increased by the friendship between Mohamed V and “Pedro I the Cruel” (who was at that time the Christian monarch).

2. The Mexuar

2. The Mexuar

This room, called MEXUAR, was ordered to be constructed by “Ismail” and later on was restored by “Muhammad V”. At this room the Council of Ministers or “Sura” had their reunions and it was also used as waiting room when the sultan imparted justice. This room has been reformed; at first it had two floors. From the second floor is where the sultan could see and watch everybody without being seen. The floor we can now see was smaller in size, and at the north end there was a courtyard which led to the oratory. The reform was made under the rule of the Emperor Carlos V who used it as a chapel. The ornamentation is totally actual. This is the most important thing to do at Nasrid Palaces.

Nasrid Palaces Granada Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You can purchase your tickets online or at the ticket office on site. The tickets to Nasrid Palaces are most likely sold. Due to the great demand of tickets and to the restriction in the number of visitors per day, advance booking is recommended. There are two types of tickets to visit Nasrid Palaces: daytime visit and evening visit.

How To Get Around?

Getting around Nasrid Palaces is easy, you can walk and visit all the sites inside. Make sure to make a few stops to admire the beauty or to take pictures.

What Should I Wear?

Wear comfortable shoes, you will be walking most of the time.

Nasrid Palaces Granada Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Nasrid Palaces is in the morning when it opens. When purchasing your tickets, choose the earliest time to enter Nasrid Palaces. This way you will have plenty of time to visit other sites in Alhambra area after.



Will I Need a Guide?

No, you don't need a guide to explore Nasrid Palaces. Typically a visit to Nasrid Palaces takes around one hour. Pick up the free map when collecting tickets or before entering the Alhambra complex.

How To Get There?

You can take the red minibus Alhambra Bus C3, which leaves every 10 minutes from Plaza Nueva to the Alhambra. The stop where you need to get off is called 'Generalife'. You can buy the bus ticket directly on the bus. From the bus stop you can see the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces. The most desirable way is to walk down the Cuesta de Gomérez from the Plaza Nueva, enter the grounds of the Alhambra through the Cuesta de Gomérez and subsequently through the beautiful Gate of Justice, after passing through the woods.

Additional Info

In contrast to the rest of the Monument, the Nasrid Palaces may only be accessed in the hour indicated on your ticket, due to limited capacity. If you don't visit them in this time slot, you will lose your right to visit this part of the Alhambra. If your time slot for the Nasrid Palaces corresponds with the final entrance of the day (one hour before closing time), it is recommended visiting the Generalife and the Alcazaba before entering the Nasrid Palaces, which will take you at least half an hour. Please note you must bring identification (e.g. your passport) to enter the Alhambra.