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Alhambra Day Trips and Tours from Malaga

Visit the stunning Alhambra of Granada on a day trip from Malaga. Explore the Alhambra complex where the Kings lived in the past, discover spectacular palaces with beautiful salons, royal chambers, courtyards, patios, and amazing gardens. Stroll through the Alhambra with a tour guide and visit the other attractions such as the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife, and the Alcazaba, and learn more about the history for this unique site.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the Alhambra is one of the most beautiful architectural marvels in Spain and a must-visit attraction for any first-time Andalusia traveler.

Nowadays the Alhambra of Granada is the most visited attraction in Spain and one one of the most historical sites in all Europe. Learn now about Alhambra day trips from Malaga and how to make your excursion hassle-free.

What will I see?

Back in the year 889, the Alhambra has originally been constructed as a fortress. In the 13th century, it became the official royal residence and court of Granada after the establishment of the Arab Nasrid Kingdom. Several palaces were built and monuments like the Generalife Gardens and the Courtyard of the Lions were added to the fortress. In 1492, the Alhambra became a Christian court when the Catholic Monarchs conquered Andalusia. Several building were built, including military barracks, a monastery and a church.

The Alhambra had three main sections: the Alcazaba which was a military base, the palatial zone which contained several palaces, and the Medina where court officials lived and worked.

Since 1984 the Alhambra complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Albaicín and the Generalife Garden.

Its unique and amazing architecture, with different styles from Moorish to Renaissance, is a testimony of the rich history of Andalusia. The Alhambra complex is considered as one of the most exquisite jewels on Spain’s crown and attracts millions of visitors every year.

What kind of Alhambra tours from Malaga are available? How much does it cost?

If you wish to go on a day trip to visit the Alhambra from Malaga, you may either book a small group tour (usually around 8 to 12 people) or book a private tour.

Those guided tours include pick up and drop off from your hotel in Malaga to the Alhambra, tickets for the different sites in the Alhambra (such as Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba, and the Generalife Gardens), and a tour with a local guide during the entire trip. Note that meals are usually optional.

Small group tours start at 85 € up to 120 € depending on the inclusions. Private tours are more expensive, count at least 160 € per person with a minimum of 4 travelers per tour.

Many online travel agencies such as Viator, Getyourguide or Civitatis offer Alhambra day trips from Malaga. We recommend you to use our search engine so you can compare all the offers available for your prefered date.

Make sure to compare prices and amenities, and pick the one that fit best your budget and needs. Finally, if you have already decided the date of your visit, we also recommend you to book ahead of time as the Alhambra is sold out on a regular basis, particularly during summer time.

Are Alhambra guided tours from Malaga worth it?

Alhambra day tours from Malaga offer many benefits.

  • No need to worry about how to get to Granada from Malaga, transportation from your hotel to the Alhambra is included.
  • Your Alhambra tickets are already purchased and reserved. As you may know, the Alhambra is often sold out.
  • You get fast track access. You don't have to queue at the entrance gate, simply follow your tour guide and enter the Alhambra.
  • Ask all the questions you may have to your tour guide and learn much more.

If you are going to Granada by private car, bus or train, you can reserve a guided tour of the Alhambra starting in Granada.

How to get to the Granada from Malaga? How long does it take?

A day trip to visit the Alhambra from Malaga will take you the full day. The Alhambra in Granada is located 123 km away from Malaga. You can either travel by car or by bus.

By car: take the A-92 highway and drive for around 90 mins.

By bus: From "Estation de Autobuses de Malaga" bus station, it will take up to 2h to reach the "Estation de Autobuses de  Granada" bus station. Then you will need to take another bus to reach the Alhambra.

If traveling by bus or renting a car is too much an hassle for you, you can book a Alhambra guided tour from Malaga that includes transportation and the Alhambra tickets.

If your spending some days also in Seville, another option to visit the Alhambra is booking an Alhambra tour from Seville.

What is the best time to visit the Alhambra?

Spring and fall are definitely the best seasons to visit the Alhambra. From the months of April to June and from October to November, the weather is comfortably warm without the strong heat that you may experience during summer time. If you are looking for less crowds, we recommend you to visit the Alhambra during winter.

Travel Tips

  • Book an all-inclusive excursion from Malaga is hassle-free. Your Alhambra ticket & transportation are managed by your tour guide. No need to worry about anything, just enjoy the experience.
  • Book in advance if you can. The Alhambra is extremly popular and often fully booked.
  • Take your time and don't rush. The Alhambra is very vast, most visitors easily spend 3 to 4 hours to visit the complex.
  • Don't miss the opportunity to visit Granada, the city has much to offer.
  • Don't forget to bring your camera, sunscreen and a hat, espcially if you visit the Alhambra during summer.