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Dobla de Oro at Night

A stroll through history between the Alhambra and the Albaicín

The Alhambra and Albaicín are today closer than ever, joined together by the Dobla de Oro, a cultural tourism route promoted by the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife that seeks to strengthen the ties between the oldest neighbourhood in the city and the Alhambra Group of Monuments, both of which were declared World Heritage sites by the Unesco.
From the hill of La Sabika, on which the Alhambra stands, the Albaicín appears as a wash of white houses speckled by the vertical forms of cypress trees and bell towers of churches that once were mosques. From the Albaicín, by contrast, the Alhambra is a thick forest whose trees are crowned by the saffron walls of the Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces and their towers.
The Dobla de Oro invites us to immerse ourselves in a unique cultural landscape, a glittering path through the great Hispano-Muslim monuments of Granada, declared World Heritage sites by Unesco, while wandering through bewitchingly beautiful streets that are full of life and touched by the magic of history, art and flamenco.

It includes:

Night visit to Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra and the following Monuments: Bañuelo, Casa Morisca (C/Horno de Oro), Palacio de Dar al-Horra, Casas del Chapíz, Casa de Zafra and Corral del Carbón (the latter with free access).

The visit includes:

01 – Night visit to the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra

With the night visit you can get to know the Nasrid Palaces under special illumination conditions.

The visit commences at the Alhambra Atrium, where tickets are sold and information on the visits is made available. The route continues along a passageway by the walls, looking onto the Torre del Agua (Water Tower), Torre de Baltasar de la Cruz, Torre de los Siete Suelos (Seven-Storeyed Tower), Tower del Capitán, Torre de la Bruja (Tower of the Witch) and Torre de las Cabezas (Tower of Heads), arriving at the Palace of Charles V (on visit) through the gates Puerta de la Justicia or the Puerta de los Carros.

The visit continues through the following areas of the Nasrid Palaces:

Court of the Machuca (tourist group visit)

Mexuar, Golden Court and Hall, Court of the Myrtles, Room of the Ship, Room of the Throne, Mirador de la Reja, Chambers of the Emperor, Carlos V corridor, Hall of the Two Sisters, the Ajimeces Gallery and  Lindaraja observation point, Court of the Lions, Sala de los Mocárabes, Court of the Myrtles (south pavillion) and exit though la Puerta del Príncipe.

The Nasrid Palaces visit must be made at the time indicated in the ticket.

The evening visit to Nasrid Palaces does not include admission to the Generalife, since there is a specific evening visit, scheduled for the same time, to get to know this illumined area.

You are kindly requested to keep your flash turned off during the evening visit, since the use of flash bothers other visitors who cannot enjoy undisturbed their visit to the Nasrid Palaces.

Monuments of the Dobla de Oro

02 – Palace of Dar al-Horra
Callejón de las Monjas, s/n

This palace was the residence of the sultana Aixa, mother of Boabdil. It is structured around a central courtyard. In one of its sides we can see a lookout tower. It preserves beautiful plasterwork on the upper floor with inscriptions from the Nasrid period. After the conquest, Queen Isabel la Católica ceded this palace to the monastery of Santa Isabel la Real, and it will not be until the beginning of the 20th century that it passes to the state and is restored. Declared an historic artistic monument in 1922.

03 – Corral del Carbón
Mariana Pineda, 8 (free entrance)

This building was a Alhóndiga, founded by Muhammad V. Place of shelter and store of merchants and traders arrived from distant places. After the conquest it was inn, store of carboneros and corral of comedies. Declared National Monument in the nineteenth century. In 1933 it passed to the state, being restored and incorporating to the patrimony of the city. The most impressive feature of this building is its magnificent horseshoe arch entrance that leads to the zaguán (foyer) and  the  fountain in the centre of the courtyard.

04– Bañuelo
Carrera del Darro, 31

The Bañuelo or Baño del Nogal, was declared National Monument in 1918. It is composed of three rooms, preceded by a house with a small courtyard. The cold, warm and hot rooms were built with reused Roman , Visigoths and Caliphs elements. The first room to enter would be the cold room or bayt al-barid; the next room, the hot or bayt al-wastani, is the most spacious of them all. Although this bath has been considered as a construction of the eleventh century, because of its typology that is very similar to those of the Nasrid period, it can be considered of a much more advanced period.

05– Horno de Oro House
Calle Horno de Oro

The Horno de Oro house, built at the end of the XV century, and transformed after the castillian conquest, was a palatine residence. A rectangular courtyard with a reservoir centers the building, establishing the rooms on the shorter sides. The typical nasrid arcades of the courtyard argue an arcaded gallery.

06 – House of Zafra

Nasrid palace built at the end of the XIV century. The Catholic monarchs ceded it to their secretary Hernando de Zafra. At his death it became part of the foundation of the convent of Santa Catalina de Zafra. The convent conserved the palace between 1527 and 1946, year in which it passed to public ownership. Noteworthy are the decorative elements, especially the plasterwork, the carpentries and the remains of mural painting.

07 – The Chapiz House

The Chapiz house occupies a large piece of land with garden and orchards. It consists of two different houses with different origins. At present, it hosts the School of Arab Studies, dependent of the Superior Council for Scientific Investigations. It was accessed was from the square of the Weight of the Flour, through a space common to both houses, which are an example of the evolutive process of the Nasrid domestic architecture from its maturity period to the sixteenth century.

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The visit includes:

01 – Night Visit to the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra

02 – Palace of Dar al-Horra
Callejón de las Monjas, s/n

03 – Corral del Carbón
Mariana Pineda, 8 (entrada libre)

04 – Bañuelo
Carrera del Darro, 31

05 – Horno de Oro House
Calle Horno de Oro

06 – House of Zafra

07 – The Chapiz House

(*) 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 realize the booking and the ticket purchase in advance and preferably online using the system of management and sales of tickets of the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife, since the Collection of Historic Buildings has a limited capacity.
    • Dobla de Oro tickets can not be purchased at ticket offices. Tickets are valid for the day before and for the next day of the ticket type purchased. (Example: if I buy the General Dobla de Oro ticket for day 5, with this ticket I can access the monuments of the Dobla de Oro on day 4, 5 and 6 and the Alhambra only on day 5. Once in each space)
  • Other options are the purchase by phone and TVRs, as long as there is availability.
  • 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.
    • Print must be of good quality. Partially printed, stained, damaged or illegible tickets will not be accepted.
      IF 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 three days : the same day of the visit to the Alhambra, The day before and the day after.
  • 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.

IMPORTANT: the date and the 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?

Access to the Palace of Carlos 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.

  • Alhambra at Night
    • 15 October – 31 March
      Fridays and Saturdays: 20.00 h.- 21.30 h.
    • 1 April – 14 October
      Tuesdays to Saturdays: 22.00 h.- 23.30 h.
    • With the exception of the 25 of December and 1 of January
  • Monuments of Dobla de Oro
    • 15 September – 30 April
      10.00 h. – 17.00 h
    • 1 May – 14 September
      9.00 h. – 14.30 h. and 17.00 h. – 20.30 h.
    • Mondays to Sundays
    • Corral del Carbón,
      everyday from 9.00 h until. 20.00 h.
    • With the exception of the 25 of December and 1 of January
  • Opening hours of Alhambra’s ticket office
    • 15 October – 31 March:
      8.00 h. – 18.00 h.
    • 1 April – 14 October:
      8.00 h. – 20.00 h
    • Mondays to Sundays
    • With the exception of the 25 of December and 1 of January