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Alhambra and Rodriguez Acosta Foundation Combined Tour

The Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation is located on the same hill where the Alhambra stands. It is one of the most peculiar buildings of the Spanish architecture. It was built during the first decades of the 20th century and was declared a National Monument in 1982. It was the studio of the prestigious painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta and contains a unique complex of gardens and a great collection of works, from Ancient pieces to Modernist ones; the visit comprises an astonishing tour, which includes underground caves and galleries.

The estimated time of the visit is 4 hours and 30 minutes (3 hours for the Alhambra, 1 hour and 20 minutes for the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation, 15 minutes walk between monuments if the visit is carried out on the same day) so we advise you to plan it ahead to make the most of your visit. The visit to the Foundation might be carried out on the same date shown on the ticket or on the following day.

The visit includes:

01 – The Alhambra Visit
Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife.

Alcazaba- La Qasba –
Its location, in the highest part of the hill, makes it a privileged place for observation and surveillance of the city, the vega and their access.
From the 13th century onwards, the Nasrid people gave the Alcazaba its present appearance, adding great towers: the Tower of the Candle (Torre de la Vela) in the west and the Tower of Homage (Torre del Homenaje), the Broken Tower (Torre Quebrada) and Adarguero in the east. It is accessed from the Gate of Arms.
It is one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra; in this military area you can visit the following spaces: the Terrace of the Tower of the Cube, the Adarve of the North Wall, the Military District, the Gate of the Arms, The Tower of the Candle (Torre de la Vela) and the Garden of the Adarves.

Nasrid Palaces -La Dar al-Mamlaka
Once the first palaces were built, the Dar al-Mamlaka, with its various royal houses built by the different sultans during the Nasrid period, form what we now know as the Nasrid Palaces. Although located in a single compartmentalized space, each palace is identified with the sultan who ordered its construction, and nowadays they form three independent areas: Mexuar, Comares and Lions.
Mexuar
It is the most primitive space of the conserved ones. In the Nasrid period it was the the audience hall and the place were important meetings were held. It was the central room of the palace, built by Isma’il,and transformed into a Christian chapel in the 16th century.

Palace of Comares. Court of the Myrtles.
This palace is were the Nasrid sultans established the throne room, in addition to being the residence of the Sultan and his family. It is accessed through the façade with two doors located in the Patio of the Golden Room. The right door led to service areas and the left door led to the royal premises.
In front of the façade, the Sultan gave audience and imparted justice to his vassals.
It separated the public area of the Palace from the private part. The right door led to family and service quarters. The door on the left leads to the Patio of Comares with a pond, which in every Hispanic-Moorish domestic construction constitutes the centre of family life, around which the rooms are distributed.
Before reaching the Palace of Comares, we find the Hall of the Boat, with a semi-cylindrical vault, similar to the hull of an inverted ship.
The Hall of Comares The Hall of Comares is located inside the tower and constitutes the largest room of the Nasrid Alhambra. This palace achieves a microclimate for the well-being of its inhabitants.
Palace of the Lions
During the second mandate of Muhammad V, in the second half of the fourteenth century, a major modification of the internal structure of the Alhambra is carried out.
The Palace of the Lions, brings new aesthetic concepts that break with the usual architectural scheme and that will also be reflected in the administration of the State.
It is structured around two dwelling nuclei and two ambivalent areas. From the latter, the first one seen was the Hall of the Muqarnas, which was used as a hall or vestibule owing to its proximity to the main entrance of the Palace.
One of the two residential areas, located to the South, develop around the Hall of the Abencerrages. Noteworthy is the eight-point stalactite star of the Muqarna cupola that spreads out into eight trunk-like stalactites, also Muqarna.
The Hall of the Kings is the most representative space of the Palace of the Lions.
The Hall of the Two Sisters is the second residence of the Palace of the Lions, is structurally similar to the Hall of the Abencerrages. The name is derived from the setting where two large marble flagstones lie with a small fountain in between from which water flows along a canal to the Court of the Lions.
After we find the Ajimeces Gallery.
One of the most beautiful pieces of the Alhambra Palaces is the Court of the Lindaraja, that appears behind a Muqarnas arch, culmintating the upper part of the premise by a fake cover with crystals of differet colours.

Generalife
It includes the Lower Gardens, the Palace of the Generalife and the High Gardens.
The Generalife was the royal place for rest, consisting on a residential and a great farming land used for grazing and cultivation. There are four main vegetable gardens.
The visit to this sector begins at the New Gardens of the Generalife.
The Generalife and the Alhambra were connected through gardens that successfully integrated the buildings with nature.
These gardens were divided into three parts, which currently form the New Gardens. The first garden-labyrinth style, which was extended with a ditch in cruise, streets and cypresses, in an interpretation of the Muslim garden. It was completed with the outdoor amphitheater, designed to host the International Music and Dance Festival of Granada, where it has been held ever since.
The Generalife was used by the Muslim royalty as a place of rest. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, the Generalife was used as a place of rest for the Muslim royalty. It was designed as a rural villa in the vicinity of the Alhambra, with decorative garden, fruit and vegetable patches, courts and other structures.
It is crossed by the Royal Canal, whose original structure was in the form of a crossing, similar to the Court of the Lions.

It is accessed by two courts, the first one, denominated Court of the Dismount, presents two side buildings which were probably used by stable hands. The second court gives access to the interior of the palace.

Entrance to the palace is through a tiny door, with the ever present arch-key marking. A steep narrow stairway leads to the residential area, connected to the Court of the Main Canal, called the North Pavilion, which leads to the Royal Chamber and the observation point of Ismail I.

The Royal Chamber is noted for its muqarnas plastework, niches and stalactite capitals. Crossing the side bedroom of the Royal Chamber you ascend to an open corridor called the Court of the Sultana’s Cypress Tree. In the centre is a U-shaped pool of water.

In the highest part of the Generalife we find the Water Stairway,substantially altered and famous for its water, which flowed from the Sultan’s Canal through pipes in the walls.
At the end of the Water Stairway, there is a Romantic Observation Point (This space opens once a year during a month, withing the programme “space of the month”.)

The visit continues through the Promenade of the Oleanders, a long path that crosses the upper wall that separates the vegetable gardens, covered with oleander.

02 – Carmen of the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation
Callejón Niño del Rollo, 8

The visit consists of a walk around the five levels of the study-building and its gardens, conceived by the painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta at the beginning of the XX century, where the visitor gets to know in detail the vision of the artist, his ideology, the Carmen of the Foundation and its annexed buildings.

Located in the surroundings of the Vermilion Towers and close to the Monumental Ensemble, the headquarter building of the Rodríguez-Acosta foundation is one of the most beautiful architectural endeavour of its time. Built between 1916 and 1930, its commitment to modern and the excellence of the ideas, designs and materials used in its conception and construction, give it a long-lasting validity, as recognised in its declaration as a National Monument in 1982.

Although architects Modesto Cendoya, Teodoro Anasagasti, Ricardo Santacruz and José Felipe Jiménez Lacal, as well as the sculptor Pablo Loyzaga took part in its construction, the Carmen has both in its general configuration and in each of its details, the hallmark of José María Rodríguez-Acosta.

The steep slope of the terrain on which it sits gave rise to the terraces and viewpoints that make up its gardens. These, very singular in the context of the Granadian carmens because of their monumental character, display an interesting iconographic program around the great themes of symbolism: love, death, ruin, madness, contemplative life, etc.

The main building was conceived as a painting studio and is a summary of European styles of the inter-war period. Modernism and the germ of rationalism that nourish its formal sobriety – and even a certain severity – fit in with the more advanced assumptions of the “Viennese Secession”. At the same time, it reinterprets elegantly the styles of the past with the incorporation of multiple elements of stone and wood of different origin and antiquity: Hispano-Muslim columns and capitals, Renaissance fountains and façades, fragments of baroque constructions, etc.

Inside, the library occupies a central place. In contrast with the refinement of the exteriors, it surprises the chromatic and decorative richness of art deco, exalted by a serene luxury found in the library. It preserves Rodríguez-Acosta’s select book collection, which specializes in arts, philosophy, literature and travel, along with the rest of his collections. Books and art objects reflect a particular cosmopolitan taste, reminiscent of a wide and exquisite mental universe, populated by pieces from different countries, styles and times: paintings, sculptures, enamels, ivories, carpets, glass, ceramics, jewelry, archaeological objects, etc. Highlights include Greco-Roman and Iberian art pieces, coming from several cases of Granada excavations. Also important but more unusual, the magnificent array of Asian art, both Hindu and Chinese and Tibetan, as well as Japanese, Thai and Burmese.

In 1973, the Gómez-Moreno Institute was created within the Foundation in order to preserve, display and spread the legacy of Don Manuel Gómez-Moreno Martínez.

Approximate time of the visit 4 hours and a half

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The visit includes:

01 – The Alhambra Visit

Alcazaba

Nasrid Palaces

Generalife

02 – Carmen of the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation
Callejón Niño del Rollo, 8

(*) MINORS MUST HAVE THEIR CORRESPONDING TICKETS TO ACCESS THE SPACES.
If you are going to make your visit with children under 12 years of age, you should know that they need their corresponding free child ticket, which CANNOT BE PROVIDED at the ticket office, except for babies under 2 years of age.
As established in Art. 2.3 “Cases out of capacity control” of the Resolution of September 26th, 2016, of the Board of the Alhambra and Generalife, about the rules of visit, commercialization and other public uses of the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and Generalife and their assigned assets.

This channel is for private tourism and therefore is directed exclusively for the sale of tickets to individuals, in accordance with section 4.3 B) of the Resolution of September 26th, 2016, of the Board of the Alhambra and Generalife, for which the rules of visit, commercialization and other public uses of the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife and its attached assets are.
The Board of the Alhambra and Generalife reserves the right to VOID those tickets that have been acquired for a purpose other than the channel for which they are intended.

  • It is recommended to make the booking and the ticket purchase in advance and preferably online using the ticket management and sales system of the Patronato de la Alhambra and Generalife, since the Collection of Historic Buildings has a limited capacity.
  • Other options are the purchase by phone and TVRs, as long as there is availability.
  • The tickets can be purchased through “print at home” or purchased on the TVRs. This last procedure can cause an unnecessary wait.
  • If your tickets have been purchased through “print at home” you should consider:
    • That all visitors must carry their ticket, printed on A4 paper, obverse and reverse.
    • The print must be of good quality. Partially printed, stained, damaged or illegible tickets will not be accepted.
      IF NOT, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED NULL.
    • To check the good quality of the print, make sure the information written on the ticket, as well as the QR code are legible. 
  • Each visitor independent of his age, must carry his own ticket, which may be issued individually and he is obliged to keep it until the exit of the monument visited, he must present it, with a personal identification document issued by the Ministry of the Interior or homologous organization of his country, at the request of any employee, either his own personnel or the security services, as well as the State Security Forces and Bodies, in this case.
    • If the holder of the ticket is different from the person who is to carry out the visit, it must include the name and surname of the visitor in the “ticket ” before printing.

IN THE EVENT OF NOT OBSERVING SOME OF THE RULES SPECIFIED ABOVE THE TICKET WILL BE CONSIDERED NULL.

  • Please note that this ticket is valid for the same day of the visit to the Alhambra.
  • Children under 12 have free admission but it must be reserved at the time of purchase and managed with the rest of the adult tickets. 
  • There is a discount for certain group tickets.

IMPORTANT: the date and time of access to the Nasrid Palaces, is expressly written on the ticket. The visit to these spaces must be done within the specific time slot indicated on the admission ticket.

The Council of the Alhambra and Generalife will limit to ten the number of tickets that a private individual can acquire in a month, in order to make a better distribution of unorganized individual tourism tickets.

Did you know?

The Nasrid Palaces are the only space that has controlled access by time, therefore, the visit must be done at the time indicated expressly on the ticket. The rest of the places of the Monument do not have controlled access by time passes.

In the general daytime visit to the Alhambra you can also visit the space of the month.

Access to the Palace of Charles V, the Museum of the Alhambra and the Bath of the Mosque is free.

All the temporary exhibitions, that the Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife organize inside the monumental enclosure, are free.

In order to make your visit to the Carmen of the Foundation comfortable and given its uniqueness, we inform you that you will be able to visit it the same day of the date that appears on your ticket or a day after that date; visits will be made every 30 minutes in groups not exceeding 25 people.

It is not allowed to take photographs inside the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation.

 

  • The Alhambra
    • 15 October  – 31 March
      Mondays to Sundays: 8.30 h. – 18.00 h.
    • 1 April – 14 October
      Mondays to Sundays: 8.30 h. – 20.00 h.
    • With the exception of the 25 of December and 1 of January
  • Rodríguez Acosta Foundation
    • 1 April -14 October
      From 10:00 to 18:30 h.
    • 15 October – 31 March
      From 10:00 to 16:30 h.
    • With the exception of 24 of December in the afternoon (last access at 13:30 h.)
      and 25 of December; 31 of December in the afternoon (last access at 13:30 h.)
      and 1 of January.
  • Opening hours of Alhambra’s ticket office
    • 15 October – 31 March:
      8.00 h. to 18.00 h.
    • 1 April – 14 October:
      8.00 h. to 20.00 h
    • Mondays to Sundays.

Discounts (*)
The following groups are entitled to a reduction in the ticket price:

  • EU citizenship over 65
  • Children between 12 and 15 years
  • European Youth Card holders
  • People with a disability equal or greater than 33%

Gratuity (*)

  • Children under 12
  • ICOMOS members
  • ICOM members

(*) The beneficiaries of gratuitousness or reduction in the price of the ticket must present at the box office the official, valid and updated proofs of belonging to the collective object of gratuity or reduction (retirees, holders of the youth card, people with disabilities …) on the days of the collection of the ticket and the day of the visit.
Otherwise, you must pay the full price corresponding to your ticket type.