By Nikita Verma

The Alcazaba is the third main section of the Alhambra, a military base within the palace grounds. 

It is the castle’s oldest part, with the best viewpoint atop the hill with a great view of the city below. 

Alcazaba’s construction began during the reign of Mohammed I, who ordered the construction of the Great Wall and three towers: the Broken Tower, the Candle Tower and the Homage Tower. 

Serving an important role in the history of Andalusia, a visit to the castle gives you valuable insight into the traditional quilts of Granada.

What to See In Alcazaba, Granada

Puerta de las Armas

The Puerta de las Armas is among the striking viewpoints at the Alcazaba.
It features a remarkable door that has been the primary access to the Alhambra Palace since the 14th century from the San Pedro forest. 
Puerta de la Armas occupies the entire lower level and is a key feature of the Alcazaba.

Torre del Homenaje

Torre del Homenaje was once part of Granada but is now a popular part of Alcazaba.
The structure was constructed during the Moorish era at a high altitude, due to which it gained significant defensive value.
Following strengthening the walls, it was converted into a fortress that was hard to get into. 
Despite its unremarkable architecture, it still has a certain level of impressiveness. 

Torre del Homenaje(1)

Plaza de las Armas

Plaza de las Armas is also known as the Arms Square, which contains different structures that cater to the needs of the fort’s residents.
A rainwater cistern and a presumed bath facility are placed on each side of the plaza. 
At the heart of the square, the excavation revealed the foundations of several houses believed to have belonged to the residents.
In the center, several houses’ foundations were discovered, supposed to belong to the residents. 

Plaza de las Armas

Alcazaba Hours 

The Alcazaba of the Alhambra is open day and night, allowing visitors to explore its majestic halls and ramparts under the stars.

From 1 April to 14 October, Alcazaba hours are from 8:30 am to 8 pm throughout the week. 

From 15 October to 31 March, Alcazaba opens from 8:30 am to 6 pm from Monday to Sunday.

For night visits, it operates on different days with seasonal timings. 

This table will help you understand Alcazaba de Granada timings:

Day Visits

Months Opening Hours
1 April to 14 October8:30 am to 8 pm
15 October to 31 March8:30 am to 6 pm

Night Visits

Months Opening Hours
1 April to 14 October10 pm to 11:30 pm
15 October to 31 March8 pm to 9:30 pm

How to Get to The Alcazaba Alhambra 

There are four ways to get to Alcazaba Fortress from Granada.

By Foot 

If you are already in Granada City, walk down Cuesta de Gomerez from Plaza Nueva.

Reaching the Gate of Justice will take only 15 minutes after passing through the woods. 

By Bus 

Bus number C3 from Isabella and Columbus Statue will take you to the Alhambra entrance. 

By Car

A car ride to Alhambra will take around 15 minutes.

However, private vehicles are not allowed in the Alhambra Complex. 

If you arrive by car, you can park in the Alhambra parking lot, just outside the complex.

The parking lot is accessible from Granada’s bypass road, the Ronda Sur (N-323, A44).

By Taxi

Taking a taxi to Alhambra is convenient but costly compared to other ways.

You can hail a taxi anywhere in central Granada, which will drop you at the entrance of Alhambra. 

You can also book a taxi using the Pidetaxi Granada application on your phone. 

Alcazaba Tickets

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Featured Image: Juan Moyano

About the author

Meet Nikita, A Prober by passion and writer by profession. On an expedition unknown to find the purpose of life.