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“The jewel of Granada”
Review of The Alhambra

The Alhambra
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$51.17*
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Alhambra Ticket with Audio Guide including Nasrid...
Ranked #1 of 184 things to do in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
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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..
Reviewed July 23, 2013

As if Granada itself isn't a lovely city especially in the Albaicin quarter then there is the magnificent Alhambra to contend with. My wife and I travelled around Andalucia 6 years ago and visited the splendid Mezquita in Cordoba, the Real Alcazar in Seville and the wonderful Cadiz but the Alhambra was probably the highlight of that visit.
And so 6 years later with a little one and the family in tow we went back. And it was as good as I remembered. It really is a beautiful place, with countless visions of intricate Moorish scripture and painting. The lion patio was in restoration mode back then and so this time we got to marvel as some sympathetic work in yet another gloriously restored patio. The gardens of the Generalife would have been better in the morning before the sun really came out but it's a tranquil place, always with the faint sound of running water in the background and gives the place some real dynamism along with the fortress overlooking the city below. I really can't praise the Alhambra enough and will hopefully visit again. We bought our tickets through Ticketmaster and it was very simple and removed the need to queue up. The only other bit of advice I would give is remember to bring plenty of water and some food and if you can walk up from the city or catch the bus it will save you 15+ euros in the car park.

Thank djdg1
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

good:

- amazing architecture
- one of the true wonders of the world

bad

- really poor spanish bureaucracy
- even if you book online, and print out tickets in advance at branches of la caixa...if you have children then the bar codes do not print.... result, you have to go back into the general melee for tickets
- if you have a buggy, you will be forced to leave it at the main entrance
- very poor admin experience

Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very different, worth going to see everything but don't rush. Take at least half a day and go early when it's cooler as you'll appreciate it afterwards. If you don't appreciate culture or history, don't pay the price. £18 for a general ticket and £33 for a ticket and audio tour could seem pretty pricy but worth it.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband and I fell in love with La Alhambra. It is the most spectacular castle that I have seen (and I have seen my fair share through Europe and Japan). We booked out tickets through Ticketmaster.es and it was super simple. Buy your tickets early, don't wait or you might miss out!! We did the guided tour with the English speaking guide. Our guide was wonderful, because it was just the 3 of us, it was a very intimate guided tour. We were able to see places that the ordinary tour doesn't get to go. We toured each of the palaces, we of course fell in love with Nassid palace, which retains the most intricate details. Each day the tour focuses on a different historical aspect of La Alhambra. We did the tour of the military and military aspects, which was great! The views from the castle are wonderful, you can even see Sierra Nevada clearly from the castle. Plus, they even take you down into the city for a couple more sites. Our guide even pointed out places to eat while we were walking downtown. The tour lasted for 0930 - 1400. So, bring your walking shoes. There aren't a lot of options for food. I only saw a couple of vending machines. Pack a lunch and hopefully you won't get harrassed by a guard for eating near the restrooms. Apparently, you can only eat in the area with dirt floor and no shade. That was no bueno. Bring lots of water, it is very hot and no shade. This is a definitely must see!!!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Alhambra is of course the crown jewel of Granada. The palace/fortress complex is not to be missed if you are anywhere near Granada during your tour of Spain.
Buy the entrance tickets ahead on the web. The process is fairly straight forward and detailed on TripAdvisor at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187441c77529/Granada:Spain:Buying.Alhambra.Tickets.Online.html
If you are not on a guided tour, I strongly recommend you rent the audio guide. It is worth the 6.50 euro.
The way the Alhambra is structured, the ticket office and main gate are located at the far East end of the complex. You first enter the general grounds and walk around the edge of the gardens and past the Government Buildings to get to the Nazarene Palace, just follow the signs (and the crowd).
Tickets are timed and, with the exception of the gardens and general grounds, they will not allow you into the attractions ahead of time. You can enter the main gate 1 hour before your ticketed time and you should do so because the entrance to the Nazarene Palace is a 5-10 minute walk from the main entrance gates and it can be confusing to find when it’s crowded, which is almost always it.
There is a recommended flow to follow through the Palace complex but you can generally wander at will, within reason. Once you leave the Nazarene Palace, the next stop is the Alkazaba Fortress and, again, just follows the signs and the crowds.
Last is the Generallife. You will need to walk back almost to the main entrance and north to reach it but it's worth the walk. Beautiful gardens and some interesting history in the use of water and fountains to create a retreat for the rulers of the Alhambra.
Plan to spend 3 to 4 hours (may be more if you take a more leisurely pace) to see it all.

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