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“Must visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Alhambra

The Alhambra
Palacio de Carlos V, Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)
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Ranked #1 of 108 Attractions in Granada
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Castles
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.
San Salvador, El Salvador
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“Must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

if you are ever in Granada Alhambra is a must see. I highly recommend you buy your ticket for the day tour and the night tour. The day tour is aprox 16 Euros and ask for the 2:30 admission for the Palace as this gives you enough time to walk from the main entrance to the Palace.
If you do not buy the guided tours, please buy the audio tours, the magic and significance of the place will make a lot more sense if you are guided.
Rate this place a must see. Come visit during the spring, when all the Generalife gardens are blooming, and the sky is clear.

Visited March 2013
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“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This place was amazing. It's an old fort and palace, but it's huge and has one interesting place after another. The Islamic design is just gorgeous and the layout and views are fantastic. A few tips: (1) buy tickets in advance, including the Nasrid palace-they sell tickets for specific half hour increments and we were glad we did it online ahead of time. You can pick up the tickets via ATM using the credit card you used to pay at a Caixa ATM (all over Granada). (2) Count on at least half a day if not more. We walked up the hill, which was a trek. We enjoyed it but were pretty exhausted because once you get there, there's a lot of walking, and going up/down stairs in the fort part (which you will not want ot miss). There is very convenient public transportation that will take you there and also taxis--we would probably opt to take the public shuttle up from the Cathedral if we did it again). (3) The audioguide is very good. It covers all the exteriors and interiors and is just the right amount of information. You can rent them there. All in all, a fantastic experience and different than anything we have seen before.

Visited March 2013
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Santiago de Chile
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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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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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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Sydney
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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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