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Review of The Alhambra

The Alhambra
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Alhambra and Generalife Private Guided Tour in Granada
Ranked #1 of 210 things to do in Granada
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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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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Alhambra is clearly the gem of Granada! With beautiful views all-around and pristine gardens, this is really worth the ticket price. Be sure to get your tickets in advance online, though!

There is a bus that can take you up and down the big hill, though the walk up is pretty. It can be confusing as to where exactly the entrance is when you're walking, so the bus might be a better option if you're on a time crunch. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the Nasrid Palace, as it is a 10-15 minute walk from the ticket collection area and you should get there 10 or so minutes in advance.

The plus side to this system is that it prevents overcrowding in the palace-- a very good idea. Helped keep the experience peaceful and allowed us to take photographs without having to elbow people or worry about waiting for a long time. It did create a bit of stress when trying to get there, however.

Picking up our tickets was easy, but the audioguides were a bit tricky (and the €20 deposit for them a bit ridiculous if you dont keep all that much cash on you!). They were also very heavy, which was unfortunate but probably unavoidable. The grounds themselves were beautiful, though the Nasrid palace was a lot of the same throughout and took more time than it was really worth. The views are really the most amazing part, and be sure not to miss the views from the furthest most point (not the Generalife but the other one-- I cannot remember what it is called at the moment).

Stunning and well worth it! Also, the cats make for a cute addition.

Visited January 2013
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Beautiful, impressing, all the decorations in every little details are amazing. The gardens are something that you can't miss

Visited November 2012
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“must-see in Granada”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

The size of the Alhambra is very big. The areal of the Alhambra is very diversified, there are parks, a church, fortifications, a castle, an arabic palace, etc... All buildings and parks are very well-tended. However, the personnel are quite unfriendly. You cannot follow any guided tours, hence you have to consider buying an Audio-guide. However, if you are with two persons one guide is enough, because its quite expensive. In the Nasrid palace it was very very crowded, so there was not much time to enjoy it. Generally, the Alhambra is an absolutely stunning place.

Visited May 2012
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

This palace is fantastic you have to see it to appreciate the workmanship involved especially the designs and the techniques used absolutely fabulous.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing; jaw-dropping. Include it in your bucket list”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

So much to learn here; it makes for the trip to Granada (not that the city isn't lovely either!).
A couple of tips: try to get a printed guide of Alhambra, so that you can better understand what you are looking at (this is a big complex); the mobile guide does not work properly -if you can download it and it works, much better, but I could not achieve that, and this seems to be the case with many other tourists.
Regarding the visit to the Royal Palace ("Palacios Nazaries"), things are pretty simple: go there at the time of your reservation (OK, maybe 10 to 15 minutes earlier). NOT BEFORE, NOT AFTER, they will not let you in!

Visited December 2012
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