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Alhambra, Granada

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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. Add Alhambra to your Granada travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Granada trip itinerary planner.
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  • Spent nearly 4 hours at the Alhambra - incredible architecture and views. The gardens were also magnificent. 
    Spent nearly 4 hours at the Alhambra - incredible architecture and views. The gardens were also magnificent.  more »
  • Brilliant day, only marred by presence of tour groups. Fascinating everywhere you look. Particularly intrigued by mathematical knowledge of the artists who designed and created the incredible... 
    Brilliant day, only marred by presence of tour groups. Fascinating everywhere you look. Particularly intrigued by mathematical knowledge of the artists who designed and created the incredible...  more »
  • A bit complicated to book but once on sight you will be amazed by the beauty of this place. The guides are very good and the tour is long enough to explore and see everything. 
    A bit complicated to book but once on sight you will be amazed by the beauty of this place. The guides are very good and the tour is long enough to explore and see everything.  more »
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  • Amazing place. One of my favorite in Spain. Ticket price was 15 euros online. On summer is very hot place but don't miss it!!! You have restaurants inside, drink machines and bar for buy some cold drinks. Also you can visit some parts of Alhambra for free. You can go there very easy by bus, number C30 and price 1,40 euros. Ticket for Alhambra can buy online. Also Granada is an amazing city.
  • The main tourist attraction in Granada is a delightful palace of beautiful design. It has the appeal of a gallery where you walk and admire the shapes and designs. There are a few gardens and water features that break up the flow of what is essentially a home design gallery tour of the palace. It is worth reading about the history beforehand for a better appreciation. It is recommended to use the local transport to visit and explore without a guide. If you have the stamina you can also walk to the palace for additional views and seeing more of Granada. It is worth the visit, but you should know beforehand if this is the type of experience you enjoy.
  • Truly a magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime experience to visit! You cannot come to Andalusia and not see this incredible wonder. Beautiful gardens to stroll through and we enjoyed the forts with sweeping views of Granada. I personally loved the orange-grove courtyards. Wonderful experience that I am grateful to have had. 💕
  • Fantastic and breathtaking views of the surrounding area, the site itself, the gardens and impressive artwork inside the buildings and palaces! 4 stars because the route is not very clear and one easily misses parts of this big area and restrooms, neither was I provided with a map at the entrance. Having to walk around with your passport at hand because one needs to show it in several places after entering is something I am not very fond of because it is a document I rather show once and safely put back in my gear instead of an easily to reach place. Book online and go early, it really makes for a better experience.
  • Breathtaking! The palace is really something unique. Patterns, mosaics, ceilings... The fortress from times before Alhambra is also a must-visit. The view from the tallest tower is worth it. The gardens are also nice to see and to rest in their shadow after long day of sightseeing. To sum up, if you are hesitating which ticket to buy, take full option and reserve whole day. You won't regret. I take one star off as guided tour is something really necessary. There is literally zero information in the palace about it, it's history, chambers etc... nothing.

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