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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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  • The Alhambra is beautiful, amazing and the must-see attraction of Southern Spain - you can easily spend 8 or 9 hours here wandering, exploring and taking pictures. There are already thousands of pictu...  more »
  • You've read about it and heard about it, and you must go see it. If you love the history, you'll love this place. Read William Irving's Tales of the Alhambra before you go. If you love gardens and wal...  more »
  • Outstanding! The buildings, gardens and history of this site most probably makes it the best attraction in Spain and certainly a must see if visiting Andalusia. Centuries of history unfolded as we lea...  more »
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  • Alhambra is a fantastic historical complex which consists of few different parts. To see them all you will probably need a couple of days. There is a lot to see inside and outside. Alhambra is a breath taking example of Islamic culture and architecture; famous touristic destination of Spain, great historic and cultural heritage. The best time for the visit Alhambra is spring and autumn. In summer temperatures in Andalucía rises too high and can spoil the enjoyment. BUYING THE TICKETS ON THE INTERNET IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!! - if you don´t want to face an infinite line of other visitors and miss a chance to see the complex of Alhambra. Study well the information on the official site, choose which parts represent the biggest interest for you, buy and print the tickets. Be sure to come to the entrance IN ADVANCE; don´t be late! To avoid overcrowding the number of visitors entering every hour is carefully monitored and limited. If you come later than an exact hour indicated on your ticket, they might deny the entrance. Guided tour is strongly recommended. Now they are available in major European languages and each visitor is provided a “blue-tooth” audio device which helps to hear the guide even at certain distance.
  • It's a impressive and beautiful place. No question. You will need to buy a ticket online a few months before your visit and change your online voucher at the official entrance into a valid ticket. This procedure doesn't mean there aren't masses of tourists. Cause there are. That's why it can be frustrating to get good pictures or just take a closer look at some building details.
  • A stunning site to see and well worth getting a tour guide or at least the audio guide as there is a lot of history as well as explanation as to why everything was built the way it was. Coming from Sevilla it was a long day as the tour bus leaves at 6AM and it is 3 hours each way, but the Alhambra tour, which was 3 hours was excellent and we were lucky that it was not very hot. The views from all around create great picture opportunities as well.
  • Amazing place to visit. One of the wonders of the world. But spend some extra money to book an organized tour well in advance online to get access to no queuing for tickets and to get some real information about the sight.
  • Sadly didn't get to go inside because they ran out of tickets. We should have bought them online ahead of time, so don't make the same mistake. The place looked beautiful from the outside.