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Plaza de San Nicolas

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Plaza de San Nicolas

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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Save valuable vacation time with skip-the-line entry to the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada. One of Spain’s must-see attractions, this popular site often has very large crowds. Breeze past the entry lines and tour the sprawling complex in just half a day, and hear commentary about the history of this grand fortress and royal palace.
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan 20
Sydney, Australia3,274 contributions1,708 helpful votes
This plaza draws a big crowd, day and night. The views from this lookout point are absolutely panoramic and and the view at sunset is just magical. This was a highlight of our time in Granada. If you are lucky, you will get a space, sitting on the viewing wall and from this vantage point, you look directly across to the Alhambra and the view also takes in the Darro River and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Just stunning.  The other feature in the plaza is the San Nicolas Church. It’s a large, white 16th century church which probably doesn't get the attention it deserves because pretty much everyone has come here for the view and it’s hard to take your eyes off it. The plaza generally attracts a range of people selling cheap and cheerful trinkets like embroidered coin purses, castanets etc which they spread out on blankets over the ground. There are always a number of musicians, some of whom can be pushy in their expectation of a donation. There are several bars below the viewing wall where you can sit in a more civilised and peaceful way to enjoy the view. Crowded as the viewing wall was, there was a lively, chaotic atmosphere that was fun. It was nice to be in a crowd waiting for the sunset with everyone checking watches, asking the people next to them for the time and all but counting down for the sunset. GETTING THERE: You can catch a C31 bus or taxi but half the fun is walking up through narrow, picturesque streets. It is a steep but steady climb and takes about 20 min from Plaza Nueva. You are mostly walking on pebbled, stepped streets so you need comfortable walking shoes. There’s not much shade so take a bottle of water too. It can be a little tricky to find your way and there are very few signs. We started from Plaza Nueva, walked down Calle Elvira and headed up via Calle Caldereria Nueva. There are a few twists and turns but you have made it when you arrive at the base of long, high wall, opposite the restaurant ‘El Balcon’. A set of stairs beside the wall will take you up to the top of the lookout point.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Dimitris L wrote a review May 2020
Sydney, Australia19,605 contributions60,010 helpful votes
Plaza de San Nicolas is a plaza you'd be glad to walk to, although it's situated high up on a hill. It's around the Adjibe (or Cistern) of San Nicolas, which is a historic water reservoir that has been there for a very long time! And there is also the Church of the same name, which was closed at the time so we could not go inside. The views from the Plaza are stupendous! You get to see a whole lot of monuments and a variety of sights that you ordinarily might miss out on. The most impressive is, of course, the Alhambra.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Paul W wrote a review Mar 2020
tampa bay FL74 contributions36 helpful votes
This is like Mallory Square in Key West- musicians, "hippies", locals and tourists mingle and watch the colors play on the Alahambra as the sun sets. Great vibe.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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staledale wrote a review Feb 2020
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Fairly steep walk up to San Nicholas Mirador, which is a small plaza that looks toward the Alhambra and down toward the city of Granada. Incredible views for photo opportunities but the sun can be tricky. We were there around 5pm. Anywhere from maybe 50-150 people there at one time. Some vendors selling tchotchke, some gypsy musicians and some cute dogs. Some quaint restaurants in the plaza and one with an amazing view on the cliff side of the street. Walk next door into a beautiful garden and the Mosquita Mayor de Granada.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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LuizDutraNeto wrote a review Feb 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,502 contributions1,505 helpful votes
The "Plaza de San Nicolás" and the "Mirador de San Nicolás" are just about the same thing. Both sided by the 16th century "Iglesia de San Nicolás" and offering the most unforgettable views of "La Alhambra", "Río Darro" and "Sierra Nevada" mountain range in the background. The square is quite busy, specially on sunsets and early evenings on Summer months, when Flamenco dancers, street musicians and craftsmen bring joy and laughter to locals and tourists. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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