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Dobla de Oro Gardens

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.

The visit includes:

01 – Visit to the Alhambra Gardens
(Generalife, Partal and Alcazaba)

The Alhambra was built on top of the Sabikah Hill, which cuts into a fertile valley and stands as the last bastion of the Sierra Nevada mountain mountains, in front of Albaycin and Sacromonte, between the Darro and Genil rivers.

Arab writers compared Granada, which is surrounded by mountains, to a crown, with the diadem of the Alhambra on top.

This huge “run-aground ship”, as it was described by classic historicists, It was progressively constructed, with the addition over time of new buildings that were built in groups like cells, enriching the architectural and urban development of the citadel.It is the result of an evolutionary process over more than two and a half centuries, during the reign of the Nasrids, and includes structures predating that time as well as important contributions and modifications during the Christian era, which continues to this day.

With the garden ticket you can visit all areas of the Monumental Complex open to the public, except the Nasrid Palaces.

It includes: Promenade of the Cypress Trees, Secano (“Dryland”), Gardens of the Monastery of San Francisco, Palace of the Generalife: Palace of the Generalife: Lower Gardens and High Gardens (The Court of the Main Canal, The Sultana’s Court and Water Stairway), Alcazaba: Garden of the Adarves, Partal: Gallery, gardens and paths of the Palace, Rauda, Palace of Jusuf III, Promenade of the Towers.

The admission time to enter these areas is not controlled (except the Palace of the Generalife, which has a limited capacity), wherefore you can make the visit during the Morning or during the Afternoon Visit Hours specified on your ticket.

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.

It includes:

Alhambra: Visit to the Alhambra Gardens (Palace and Gardens of the Generalife, Partal and Alcazaba), at the day and time indicated in the ticket.

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).

 

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The visit includes:

01 – Visit Alhambra Gardens

Generalife

Partal

Alcazaba

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
Portería de la Concepción, 8

07 – The Chapiz House
Cuesta del Chápiz 22

  • 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.
    • Tickets Dobla de Oro can not be purchased at ticket office. Tickets are valid for the day before and after of the ticket type purchased. (Example: if I buy the Dobla de Oro Garden ticket for day 5, with this ticket I can access the monuments of Dobla de Oro on day 4, 5 and 6 and to the Gardens of the Alhambra only on day 5. Once to 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.
    • 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 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.

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?

In addition to visiting the Alhambra Gardens (Palace and Gardens of the Generalife, Partal and Alcazaba), on the day and time indicated on the ticket, you can access the space of the month, if you are on this itinerary.

Access to the Palace of Carlos V, the Museum of the Alhambra and the Bath of the Mosquel as well as all the temporary exhibitions, that the Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife organize inside the monumental enclosure, are free.

  • ALHAMBRA GARDENS
    • 15 October – 31 March
      8.30 h. – 18.00 h.
    • 1 April – 14 October
      8.30 h. – 20.00 h.
    • Mondays to Sundays
    • 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