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Alhambra, Granada

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Tourist Spots
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Once the last Islamic stronghold in Europe, Alhambra reflects the splendor of the Moorish civilization in Spain, and offers visitors a chance to see exquisite ornamental architecture, lush gardens, cascading water features, and panoramic views of Granada. This complex was once a palace, citadel, fortress, and the home of the Nasrid sultans, high government officials and servants of the court. Within the medieval complex of structures you can also explore other prominent buildings belonging to different time periods, including the palace of Carlos V, noted for housing a museum of fine art. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book tickets at least a few days in advance by phone or online. Take a look at our Granada trip builder to schedule your visit to Alhambra and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Place of visit forced if you go to Granada. In addition to viewing a spectacular site, you'll do sport walking between slopes and monuments. The beer that you take after will be the deserved!
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  • We could not get tickets for the Palacio. Do order them well in advance or you will not get in. However, we enjoyed the military area with the very high tower, the forteleza. There are other very impr...  read more »
  • We didn't know that it's best to order tickets online in advance in order to be sure to get in. But we were lucky. It is definately worth the effort. It is very organized + they have a large parkinglo...  read more »
  • La Alhambra was the medieval fortress and palace of the Muslim, and later the Christian, rulers of Granada. It's pretty awesome for a few reasons. One, the views from here of Granada and the surrounding hills and valleys, as well as the Sierra Nevada, are astounding. Two, the palaces are intricately decorated with Arabic decoration, sculpture, and architecture, that makes you think they must have been using a microscope it's so detailed. Three, the gardens are beautiful and very shady. There really are no words to do justice to the beauty of the Alhambra. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance. When I arrived at 7AM, the line for non-reserved was about a couple hundred long, and the line for reserved was like 5 including me. One downside: herds of French, Spanish, German, and Asian tourist groups that tend to move at a snail's pace, and come to full stops at choke points and entrances/exits/photo opportunities, where their guides decide to talk about something for 30 minutes before moving along.
  • Magnificent palace, fortress and gardens. It's a good idea to reserve the tickets online before going there but we managed to get them in the morning after standing in the long queue. You should expect to spend there at least 3 hours by following the suggested route and seing it all. I would very much recommend to also see it from the panoramic view Mirador San Nicolás which is on another hill. The view at the sun dusk there is amazing.
  • Awesome place. Pre book your tickets and get in easily. Its huge so hard to see it all, but the outside areas are amazing enough. Climb the hill on foot and take it in as they would have years ago. The gardens are worth it!
  • Breathtaking. Buy tickets online. It's worth buying tickets for the earliest time slot in the morning as you as you will miss the crowds and the heat. Your pictures at Nassyrid palace and other spots in the Alhambra will come out much better in the morning compared to noon and after. Take your time seeing the Alhambra.
  • You run out of adjectives to describe The Alhambra The Alhambra is one of the most beautiful places I have visited in my travels. There are a multitude of palaces, churches, museums and gardens across this massive area that is The Alhambra. It would be criminal not to visit if you are travelling in Andalusia. Granada has free tapas with every drink at 99% of restaurant/cafe/tapas bars also. Tip: If you do not have a ticket, get up early and get to the ticket gate about 45 minutes before opening. There is a line for getting a ticket on the same day. No issues.
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