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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  • August 20, 2017
    Muqarnas found in Islamic architecture (design resembling stalactites) ceiling decoration is a must. See the time and effort. Other attractions include lion fountain is will repair work is done now.
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  • August 20, 2017
    I recommend everyone to visit this beautiful place but absolutely book before because there are few tickets and end immediately because of the numerous reservations ... and then get to the ticket counter after a steep climb but recommended
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  • August 20, 2017
    Featured castle complex with beautiful gardens and the impressive Nasrid Palace. Necessarily advance online tickets. Locally you can relate then tickets at special machines (it takes the credit card with which you booked the tickets).
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  • August 12, 2017
    Tips: Book your tickets in advance. If you are able to freeze a bottle of water to take with you. Especially if your going in July/August time. Snacks are limited just 2 vending machines so take your own snacks. Wear sensible walking boots that you don't mind getting a little dirty. Additional things I took was sun protection, sun hats, face mist spray as I had young children with me. Go well equipped and you will have a fun day jam packed with beautiful Islamic architecture at it's best👌
  • August 5, 2017
    Crazy cool castle. One of a kind. We did a 3 hour tour with a guide. Pretty flowers all over the beautiful garden. The mix of Arabic and Spanish culture was something I've never seen before and was definitely stunning. A must visit if you're nearby. Will get you some beautiful pictures for sure.
  • July 19, 2017
    One of the best visits to an historical building. Its just impressive and well organized. The personell is not super friendly though. Service could be a bit better. There are many kiosks where you can by refreshments. The restaurants are outside of the area though. After walking through all of the buildings and gardens you cannot go by foot down to the cit. A nice walk and you will cross some nice restaurants.
  • July 18, 2017
    This isn't the easiest place to get to so taking a tour bus is a good idea unless you have a car. You can pay at the gate. Dining options were few and far between when I was there but this was March, maybe it's better in high season. As for the place itself, well it really is very beautiful. If you love architecture, horticulture or history you'll love it.
  • July 26, 2017
    Good place to visit if you are around. DEFINITELY GET A TOUR GUIDE! Otherwise, there is a chance you will not get in as there is only allowed to be a certain number of people inside at a given time, where priority is given to tours. Very nice historically and the local tour guides are extremely good.

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Where to stay in Granada

Granada is built in a valley looking up to the majestic Alhambra, and most visitors choose to stay where the view can be admired. Plaza Nueva, just down the hill from the Alhambra entry gates, constitutes the touristic center of the city. Many of the famous free-tapas bars and lively restaurants line this famous plaza, as well as a number of small hotels and apartment rentals. Found directly behind the plaza are the city's two historical old Moorish quarters, Albayzín and El Sacramonte, which are characterized by their narrow winding streets and picturesque whitewashed buildings. Here you'll find a number of charming hotels with hillside views of the Alhambra and city center.
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