Best Time to Visit the Alhambra

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Alhambra in Autumn

When planning your trip to Granada, it is important to consider a number of factors in order to determine the best time to visit the Alhambra. These include the season of the year and the time of day. Both of these are covered in detail below.

Best Time of Year to Visit the Alhambra

There is no “right” season in which to visit the Alhambra. The palaces are stunning year-round, and the gardens are in bloom in almost every month.

As such, a lot depends on your personal preferences. If your main reason for wanting to see the Alhambra is for its gardens, spring and summer can be the best times to visit. This is because the flowers and foliage will be in full bloom in these seasons.

That said, autumn can also be a good time to see the gardens, as the Alhambra and the surrounding area can be quite beautiful as the leaves change colours.

If your main objective is to see the palaces, the off-season can be the best time of year to visit the Alhambra. The crowds are much more sparse during the late autumn, winter, and early spring, and you won’t have to contend with as many other people when viewing the intricate art and design works of the buildings.

The same can be said if you are into photography. It is much easier to take photos of the Alhambra when the crowds are lower than when the palaces are packed with people.

Best Time of Day to Visit the Alhambra

As far as the best of time of day to visit the Alhambra goes, this again depends on your preference. For photographers, the morning can be the best time, as the light tends to illuminate more of the photographic highlights, including the stunning gardens of the Generalife. On the other hand, the late afternoon sun is great for some parts of the Nasrid Palaces and the Alcazaba, so it may be worth going twice if you want to get the best photos of the Alhambra.

If your main concern is avoiding large crowds, the early morning and late evening can be some of the best times to visit the Alhambra. This is also true of lunchtime, when many tour buses and school groups leave to go for meals.

Left Luggage at the Alhambra

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Luggage Lockers at the Alhambra

If you’re visiting Spain with large bags or backpacks and need somewhere to store them while you tour the Alhambra in Granada, you’re in luck. There is a left luggage office at the Alhambra where you can leave your bags while you do your sightseeing.

Left luggage is located right next to the ticket office for the Alhambra. It is underground adjacent to the restrooms. The office consists of a small window with an attendant, and bag lockers line the corridor next to them.

There are two sizes of bag lockers available at the Alhambra, so you can choose a size that works for your suitcases, backpacks, or other belongings. The service is free of charge if you have an entry ticket for the palaces. All you have to do is see the attendant to get a key for a locker.

The left luggage office at the Alhambra is open at the following times.

November to February
7:30 to 18:30 from Sunday to Thursday
7:30 to 18:30 and 19:30 to 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays

March to October
7:30 to 20:30 on Sundays and Mondays
7:30 to 20:30 and 21:30 to 24:00 from Tuesday to Saturday

Best Restaurants in Madrid

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Olives at the Mercado de San Miguel

Madrid’s culinary scene spans a range of national, regional, and international cuisines. From traditional tapas to Peruvian and Japanese, there is a restaurant to suit every taste and every mood. To help you figure out where to eat, below is my list of the best restaurants in Madrid:

Classic
La Parra – La Parra is a very old school restaurant set in beautiful surroundings. It is a great place to go for a traditional meal in Madrid. Lively locals and good food round out the scene.

Contemporary
Las Tortillas de Gabino – As the name implies, Las Tortillas de Gabino has the best tortillas in Madrid. The rest of the menu is also delicious, with great tapas and a good wine list. The decor and ambiance are fresh and modern, and you can book online.

Local
Casa Lucio – For local cuisine, Casa Lucio in La Latina is one of the best restaurants in Madrid. Dripping with traditional decor and serving everything you would expect to find in a restaurant in this city, it is a great choice for a meal with family or friends.

Mercado San Miguel – Located in the heart of Madrid, the famous Mercado de San Miguel is a foodie’s dream come true. A large covered market with stalls selling every kind of tapa imaginable, the Mercado is one of the highlights of a trip to the city.

Hidden Gem
Baco y Beto – A little tucked-away place in Chueca, Baco y Beto has excellent Spanish food and a great ambiance. Make sure to book ahead.

Fine Dining
Santceloni – For high cuisine, Santceloni the perfect place to dine. Its modern decor keeps the place lively, but the gastronomic menus and emphasis on food make it one of the best culinary experiences in Madrid.

International
Astrid y Gaston – Straight out of Lima, Astrid y Gaston serves some of the best Peruvian food outside of Peru. If you’re tired of Spanish cuisine but don’t want to stray far from the Latin theme, this is a great option.

Kabuki – As you might guess, Kabuki offers world-class Japanese cuisine. Whether you are after sushi and sashimi, tempura, or Wagyu beef, you can find it here. Kabuki is by far the best Japanese restaurant in Madrid.