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Alhambra Parking Scam

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Alhambra Parking Scam

I just read about a similar experience in this forum and want to share our story so others won't be scammed. In June my husband and I were in Granada heading to the Alhambra. We were almost there, curving to the left when a man stood in the road and flagged us to stop. He said the parking lot was full and we could park on the right side where 2-3 other cars were parked. He said it would be 20 Euros and pointed us across the street to a short path to the Alhambra. We took the path and upon arriving to the official parking lot, observed that it was not full at all. And of course it would have cost much less to park there. We immediately returned to our car, but the guy was gone.

The worst part is we recently received a letter from Avis Spain indicating that they were charging us a fee because of a request from the Granada government for the rental car user's name and data. We were not aware of having broken any laws and there was never a ticket on our car. I'm wondering if this also is related to the scam, and will be contacting the consulate here to report and resolve this issue.

Please don't let yourself get suckered!

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2. Re: Alhambra Parking Scam

So sorry to hear that you were scammed.

However, I think your ´fine´ is likely to be genuine - many tourists pass through radar/camera traps without realising that they are exceeding the speed limit and the local authorities do get address details from car rental companies.

Edited: 5:11 pm, October 25, 2012
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Granada city is one of the worse places to drive becasue of the rules and regulations. Basically some roads in the centre are off limits and if you are not familiar with the signs nor the best routes then an spy cam will record your number plate. If a hotel that you are driving to is in this central zone they can fix the matter in advance by knowing the licence plate number or maybe even after you violate the rules. Not sure on this.

As`a matter of interest when you were scammed by the roadside "attendant" was he wearing a fluorescent jacket and looking a bit scruffy ?

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4. Re: Alhambra Parking Scam

If the hotel you are staying in is authorised it can make you exempt to traffic fines. It can only be authorised if you actually need to go through a restricted street. For example a guest at Hotel Melia could go up Recogidas.

They need to have the registration number of the vehicle. This is quite difficult if you have only hired a car in Malaga a couple of hours before you arrive but you could phone ahead with the details. This is more important if you are staying in the Albaicin and you need to get past the barriers. The traffic fines can be lifted if you can provide the information afterwards (with the cooperation of the hotel)

You can arrive at most places without passing through restricted streets if the accommodation itself provides you with good arrival instructions. If you only have the address and you use a gps. The gps will probably try to take you up recogidas which is where most people get fined. For most people who book a hotel in the centre it would be best to get off the ringroad at junction 128. (put Mendez Nuñez into the gps) Then go straight up towards the centre and go down the Gran Via.

The cheapest parking for long stays if up this way.

See this web page about Severa Ochoa


If possible don't come to Granada by car.

If you are a cheapskate and you don't want to pay parking fees, park somewhere around the bus station and then get a 3 or a 33 bus into the centre.

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I am travelling to Alhambra Palace on 5th November by car from Fuengirola area. Can I park at the Alhambra palace without getting fined or getting into town.

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6. Re: Alhambra Parking Scam

Yes, there's no problem getting to the Alhambra car park in terms of restricted access. Follow signs from the Granada ring-road (A-44/circunvalación), which take you along the Ronda Sur (A-395) and up to the Alhambra. Just ignore anyone trying to flag you down before you get to the official car parks (P1-P5), by the sounds of the original post.

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