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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. 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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  • You must be attentive if you pay with a card since there if they take in the alhambra ticket vending machines and is not well understood... and remove an option without the entrance to the Palace! And a time in not it can get! But it was also very nice €16
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  • Really beautiful. Impossible not to go if one going to Granada. It is a trip that takes several hours and many walk. The Nasrid palaces are best of all.
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  • Beautiful gardens,view,buildings,aromas what more can one want lines regulated so not so crowded compared to other palaces in Eurpes  more »
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  • Thrilled to get a guided tour and it did not disappoint. Wonderful! Did not let me down. Loved the gardens, palaces and grounds in general. Our guide was amazing. Monica from Granada direct.
  • Absolutely stunning place. A must visit if you're planning a trip to the South of Spain. Buy your tickets 1-2 months in advance. (At the moment you need to exchange the online reservation for the actual ticket, but the person at the office said they're going to change that soon)
  • This has been on my bucket list for years and it totally eclipsed my expectations. We went in early October and it was the perfect time temperature wise and population wise. They must have staggered the people and this made it feel as though NO ONE was in this magnificent place. It was stunning visually and I took so many pictures without tourists in them-- it was a little shocking DEFINITELY need to get your tickets in advance and online -- as early as possible. Months even. And when you get there -- it's a bit of a walk from the bus stops to the entrance of the palais that your ticket time suggests. They are ON time.
  • “Joyous Tesselations” It is hard to describe the Alhambra in a short review, it is hard to summon up the experience. You don't have to be a lover of history, thought it might help. You don't have to be a student of art, though it would blow your mind. You don't have to love gardens, though gardeners will be enchanted. You don't have to be an architect, but everyone who is needs to visit. You don't have to love beauty, but if you do this will astonish you. The Alhambra is a palace and has been so for several hundred years. It is probably the greatest, non-religious, Western treasure of the Muslim world. It is a testament to the wealth (scientific, cultural and engineering), trade and cultural excellence of the period. You will not see anything else like it anywhere in Europe, maybe not in the world. A Tessellation is a repeating pattern, geometric and mathematical and the Alhambra is filled with them. They are everywhere. It is necessary to book to go around the Alhambra and my suggestion is that you leave yourself plenty of time when you do so. This place cannot be covered in an hour. I was there for a whole afternoon and I didn't see everything. The main palace has specific time slots - make sure you don't miss your slot as they do not allow you in. Worth travelling to Granada just for this.
  • Absolutely to visit. Great place with gardens, fountains and a lot of Arabic style buildings. The place is huge and even with small children you can visit the Alhambra. But book it in advance. It could be sold out even in the end of September. Simon Visit my website: www.noireblanc.de