Nasrid Palaces
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Jane B
37 contributions
Jul 2021
There are no words to describe the breathtaking architecture of the Nasrid Palaces. At every turn there is exquisite craftsmanship and/or a stunning view - you can only marvel at how this place was built. It was great to see visitors so respectful to their surroundings. You need a few hours for the full visit, and early morning is better for a summer visit. Pre-booked tickets recommended but not necessarily expensive ones, as you get to see it all with or without a guide and there is plenty of information available.
Written July 9, 2021
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Rita A
Paco de Arcos, Portugal1,037 contributions
Aug 2021
The Alhambra itself is free to wander around but the Nasrid Palaces and Alcazaba require tickets. They are available online 3 months before the day you want to visit. Don’t hesitate in purchasing one. Enter the site at the Justice Gate (puerta de la justicia). Bus #C32 will drop you off at this gate. Once you enter the open plaza and go past the restrooms, turn left and enter the lineup no more than 15 minutes before your designated time. Bring your I.D.or Passport as we were asked for our I.D.s upon entering a few of inside attractions.
Generalife" is unmissable and was appointed by UNESCO, in 1984, as World Heritage Site. How can you dare to miss it? Enjoy!
Written September 12, 2021
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada756 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Alhambra itself is free to wander around but the Nasrid Palaces and Alcazaba require tickets. They are available online 3 months before the day you want to visit. Don’t hesitate in purchasing one. Enter the site at the Justice Gate (puerta de la justicia). Bus #C32 will drop you off at this gate. Once you enter the open plaza and go past the restrooms, turn left and enter the lineup no more than 15 minutes before your designated time. Sign says ‘palacios de nazaries’. Some people said they needed to show their passports. No one asked us. Better to take yours and be sure.

The Nasrid is absolutely stunning. You can spend as much time in here as you like. Easy to follow the way through. We didn’t purchase the audioguide, just marvelled at the scrollwork, mosaics and tiles. Afterwards we went to the Alcazaba. Lots of steep stairs here but you get beautiful views of Granada.

If you leave through the Justice Gate, turn right and go down the stairs. It is an easy downhill walk to Plaza Nuevo. You can glance back up and see the flags at the Alcazaba.
Written March 1, 2020
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David D
Devon, UK18,599 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Wednesday 11th May and we visited the amazing Alhambra where these palaces were definitely the star attraction.

At the ticket office, entering the Alhambra, we were given a time slot to visit the Palacio Nazaries. We got our tickets just after midday
and were give an entrance time of 15.00, so plenty of time to see the other sights. It is possible to book a time slot online.

There are three palaces which are the Mexuar, the Palace of Comares and the Palace of the Lions, which were the
residence of the kings of Granada.

We walked through The Mexuar which was originally was used as the entrance wing of the Comares Palace. The amazing ornately carved wooden ceiling is above a beautiful area with colourful tiles on the wall and paved floor. Intricatly carved piece of marble standing on pillars support the ceiling.

Our tour took us through the Comares Palace which is home to the Patio de los Arrayanes the Court of the Myrtles, due to the bushes that surround the pond. It is an impressive pond measuring 34 metres (121 feet) long and over 7 metres (23 feet) wide. It is feed by fountains at both ends and surrounded by white marble slabs, which made the surrounding bushes and water in the pond look even greener.

The pond is flanked at both ends by buildings, a single storey building and tower, Torre de Comares.

Entering the building we walked through a series of linked rooms /chambers, was saw tiled walls and floors. There were ornate carved wooden ceilings, fretwork covered windows and intricate carvings covering the walls. The detail and workmanship was truly extraordinary.

The Palace of the Lions Garden was definitely our favourite part of the Nazaries. The fountain stands in an ornate courtyard

Twelve lions surround a large ornate dodecahedral marble font. Water flows from the lions mouths down into a shallow gulley that surrounds the fountain which flows into
smaller fountains. These fountains are located in the covered walkway around the courtyard. The walkway contains some exquisite marble carvings and enclosed by a series of ornate columns. We overheard a guide tell a tour that there were 124 marble columns.
Written September 30, 2022
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WaveDweller
33 contributions
Aug 2022
I cannot fathom the time and level of skill involved in creating this structure of unrivalled beauty.
Having read that you should arrive 30-60 mins before your allotted time, we arrived to be told just 5 minutes was enough, but there is plenty to see to fill any time waiting for your time slot.
The queue soon moves and you are surrounded by architectural majesty, so relax and take it all in.
Written September 4, 2022
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HenknAnnie
Brisbane, Australia2,436 contributions
Sep 2019
After the Nasrid dynasty built the Nasrid palaces –originally 6 were designed, the austere interiors of the Alcazaba fortress were discarded for graceful Moorish designs including many “horseshoe” arches, richly decorated.
Because of the now fragile decorations, entry is limited to 50 (or so) persons at a time and you must attend at the times shown on your ticket. If you have a back pack, you will be asked to carry it on your chest to avoid striking the art works as you turn around. The entry queue is located at the north-west corner of Castel de Carlos V.
Written February 14, 2020
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Ron
Savannah, GA696 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
It was dissappointing, just like Alhambra as a whole. Someone more familiar with Moor culture and art would enjoy it more. Not worth side trip that we made. Granada as a whole was way too much touristy for us with high prices and less friendly locals than we encountered in other parts of Spain.
Written April 16, 2022
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James Z
Nottingham, UK3 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Make sure to arrive early at the palace entrance (not the whole complex), we arrived 2 minutes late after getting lost and arriving 1 hour in advance at the park entrance and they didn’t let us in, went to customer service and they told us there was nothing we could do and they apologised and told us that if we arrived 4 minutes early we would’ve got in.
He advised us that we should have skipped the queue (we arrived a bit later because we were politely waiting in the queue). Very disappointed, not going to wait for queues anymore and apparently being loud and skipping queues is the thing to do in the future.
Written March 3, 2020
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Sep 2019
In 2017 we already visited Alhambra but weren't able to get a ticket for the Nasrid Palaces. Now, two years later on, we tried again, and it was nearly the second failure. When long months ago the planned holiday in Granada I wanted to buy the ticket to this desired place, the only availability was Nasrid Palaces Private Guided Tour with Tickets
Operator: Granada Tours a Pie. 110 euro per person. You can imagine my feelings. Since I'm writing this review, obviously I paid the 220 euros. We had a guide only for the two of us, and this ticket included the Alcazaba and the Generalife as well. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable, and told us interesting stories as well. It was a delightful 3 hours, but still, I would prefer something less fancy but for 20% of this money. The Nasrid Palaces were as extraordinary as I expected. Every minute more and more miracles were greeting us. The hall of the two sisters with its stunning ceiling, the Tower of the ladies with its reflecting pool, the Hall of the Kings (Sala de los Reyes) with its painted ceiling, there are so many uniquely beautiful places, and then I didn't even mention the Court of the Lions. Also when a water channel ran with small splashing water rays, in the middle of the yard and two colored flower beds on both sides. The Nasrid Palaces are offering so many pleasures to the eye, that at the end you feel, that you can't consume anymore.
Written August 22, 2020
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,099 contributions
Aug 2020
I am, modestly, an experienced traveller, but I'm thinking that the "Palacios Nazaríes" (Nasrid Palaces) may be the most beautiful building I've ever seen. There is room after fountain after courtyard after garden of the most stunning and detailed Moorish architecture.

Book your tickets before on-line and respect your entrance time as only a limited number of people are allowed inside at once, something which has become even more important in COVID times. Also bring I.D., they photograph it, I assume in case of track & trace necessity.
Written September 5, 2020
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