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“Poetic!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Alhambra

The Alhambra
Palacio de Carlos V, Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)
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$62*
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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife
Ranked #1 of 190 things to do in Granada
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The second most visited site in Europe: this breathtaking palace-city is a sophisticated blend of medieval Islamic, Renaissance Christian and modern architectural styles..
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“Poetic!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

The place was incredible. Lots of people... And it's low season and it was cold and raining. I can not imagine the chaos in the summer. We have a very good tour guide, Inmaculada!!! She was almost poetic, with a vast knowledge of Moorish culture. Our guide made a difference. Beautiful scenic views, wonderful carvings and the patio with the lions it's amazing. Be prepared: it's a very long walk, cobbler stones, stairs, hills, be in shape. In doubt bring an umbrella (the ones that sell outside cost €5 and they brake after 10 minutes!). Clean bathrooms, and cats. Bring anti allergic medicine.

Visited March 2013
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“Even the rain couldn't spoil it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

One of my must see places.. And wasnt disappointed despite the torrential and constant rain, flooded walkways and high winds.it must be mind blowing on a warm sunny day.I agree there are not many signs but good... Because too much Signage ruins a place.whats wrong with drinking in the atmosphere and reading about it before or afterwards in a book.
We just turned up at opening time at 8.30 and got a tour starting at 9.30 not realising we were meant to book in advance.What we lost from the weather we gained in there being no crowds.stayed for about 5 hours and it was magical.
tips.. Go out of season, get there early, take a brolly( apparently it is notoriously rainy there) and take food with you as eateries are very thin on the ground

Visited March 2013
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“spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is the second time we have been, and its just as impressive on the second look. Allow 3 to 4 hours for the 3 separate palaces and just soaking up the atmosphere and views. We caught the bus from the centre of Granada which was both easy and good value

Visited December 2012
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“MUST SEE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

An absolute jewel ! We were lucky to have advice to pre-purchase tickets, which we picked up the day before our visit. There are many areas which you can see without the tickets, so you can rest for / from the walking and a little stair climbing.
The uphill climb throuhg the park is nice if you aren't in a hurry.
Even on a chilly, windy and rainy "off-season" day, the crowds grew as the day progressed. They are VERY serious about the entry time for the ticketed areas.
Also good advice was the 'view' from the opposite hillside. Photo attached.

Visited February 2013
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“Go there off season!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

To really enjoy the spectacular views and appreciate the architecture go there off season, in January or February. We had absolutely no problems getting the tickets for the same day and got some awesome photos. A word of warning , there are unofficial parking guides who are willing to find a parking spot and then guide you to the gates and ask for money as they are guarding the car for the day, what?!? Don' t buy that they are criminals! All Alhambra staff have uniforms and name tags and the parking is paid elsewhere. We didn't like the audiotour for some reason, maybe it was too "acted" for our taste, we bought a guide book from the little gift shop next to the square and we happy with that. Don' t tempt to go through the palaces without some kind of guide- written or audio, since nothing makes sense without them. In my opinion you need two days to fully cover the grounds, and that is in wintertime. We had only a pale idea how wonderful the gardens must be in summer' s bloom. There aren't any decent restaurants to have lunch so don't come hungry- like we did. Also, if you are allergic to cats like my poor husband, take extra allergy medicine, there are cats everywhere, a lot of them and they reallly really make the wonderful monument stink. Other than that we think everyone should visit Alhambra.

Visited February 2013
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