Granada Things to Do Tips by unaS
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Carved wall in the Nasrid Palaces
I am not even going to try to describe the Alhambra. I have neither the language skills nor the descriptive ability.
What I do want to mention is that one really should buy tickets in advance on line. The number of tickets sold on the day are limited and the lines are very, very long.
With my pre-ordered printed out voucher I was able to go into the little side room with the machines that exchange a voucher for a ticket on the spot. There are people there that help with the process. They speak a number of languages, including English. The whole thing took me less than 5 minutes.
When you get off the bus follow the signs. Don't join the long line. Off to the right is a large glass enclosed room with 10 machines that produce your ticket. You must insert the same credit card that you used to purchase the ticket on the internet.
Then go out to the *end* of the area and turn right at the gate for the Audio Guide (Euro 3.50). Mine suggested beginning at the Alcazaba, but as I had only 1/2 an hour I chose a short visit to the minor palace instead. Didn't have time to enter the museum. All that I did after the visit to the Nasrid Palaces.
When ordering your ticket on line be aware that they are very strict about the hour to enter the Nasrid Palaces. Plan your trip so that you have at least an hour between arrival at the site and entry into the Palaces. You can visit the other parts of the Alhambra first or afterward, but do get to the entry of the Nasrid Palaces at least 15 minutes prior to your entry hour, as printed on your ticket.
The best site to get full information and to purchase your ticket is: http://www.alhambradegranada.org/guias/alhambraEntradas_en.asp
Read it carefully and follow the links for a trouble free purchase!
The link for purchasing you ticket directly from caixa is:
All my Al Hambra photos here: The Alhambra
Address: Calle Real s/n
Directions: Mini-buses up to Alhambra Entrance:
#23 which runs along the Gran Via or,
# 32 from behind the Columbus statue on Isabella de Catolica Street.
The regular bono multi-trip ticket is usable on these lines.
Other Contact: http://www.andalucia.com/cities/
Phone: 902 441 221
A worthwhile investment in Granada is the open top tourist bus. It not only takes you all around the city but goes up the hill to Al Hambra as well.
The trip lasts about 1 3/4 hours (+/-) and gives a great overview of the city. It travels via Albicin as well. There are 11 stops which cover about 41 monuments including an entry ticket to the Al Hambra
Good recorded guide in different languages. Earphones included in price of ticket.
Handicapped friendly (ramp for wheelchairs) but not to the upper open top seating area.
I used it for 2 days and got off to visit lots of different places.
In September, 2009 the rate was Euro 18 for adults.
Discount for seniors & children (Euro 9), same discount for students with a valid student ID.
Map of bus routes here:
The ticket includes discount vouchers for a number of sites and restaurants.
Address: Route begins outside the Cathedral.
Directions: You can get on/off at any of the 11 stops.
Other Contact: Fax: 902 10 1082
Phone: 902 101 081
Many people after visiting Al Hambra skip the Granada Cathedral. I suggest that you do not do this. It is worth a visit.
Built in the 15-16 century it was meant to be a copy of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The Cathedral took 180 year to build, often being held up because of events like the plague. It has Renaissance and Gothic sections. The only section remaining of the original Great Mosque on this spot is the Muslim ablutions well outside the chapel.
The Royal Chapel (Gothic), built by the Catholic Monarchs (Isabela and Ferdinand) is next door.
The AudioGuide here was not worth while imo. It did not follow any order. It was difficult to place the sites being described, despite the map provided with the AudioGuide.
The ornate capillas are worth viewing. Good written descriptions in front of each one.
Note especially the Chapel of the Trinity with paintings by El Greco.
The stained glass windows are spectacular.
Entry to the Cathedral, the Sacristy and the Museum was Euro 2.50 in September, 2009.
Entry is from the Gran Via.
Address: Plaza Pasiega s/n
Directions: Can be accessed from Gran Via
Phone: + 34 958 22 29 59
Albaicin night walking tour.
Knew that I wanted to see a Flamenco show here too. I had enjoyed the show in Seville very much, but it was a specialty show - young dancers just beginning their careers. This time I was looking for a more professional show.
At the Tourist Office the clerk suggested a program with a walking tour of Alabaicin after dark, a view of the Al Hambra all lit up at night and a 'gypsy cave' flamenco show in Sacromonte.
The cost was reasonable. Euro 22 for just the show, Euro 28 with the tour and pick up at the hotel and a return to the hotel afterward. Sounded good to me as a woman travelling solo.
It was an excellent show with highly professional dancers, two guitarists and vocalists. One of the dancers was a woman much older than the others - in her 50s I would say. She was obviously tired before the show began. I know that they put on at least one show just previous to ours and maybe another before that?
Yet when she started to dance she lost her tiredness. She was true professional and was the best dancer of the six on stage. None of the younger dancers that followed her were anywhere near as expressive nor as formidable. The young male dancer was very good. The lead singer was so-so but his backup had a great voice. The lead guitar was good but I especially enjoyed the flautist.
I sat on a rock here to eat.
The Museu De Larca. Really wanted to visit the summer home of Federico García Lorca, but it was closed when I got there :(
Instead I enjoyed the green, the breeze and the quiet of the park around it. Spent a pleasant 1/2 hour sharing my lunch sandwich with the fish in the man-made stream - there was even one goldfish that someone apparently threw out here.
The park is large, with directional signs and funny little exercise signs to do while walking around the pathways. There is also a children's playground and an outdoor gym/exercise area with 'machines' for adults.
At the end of the park is a lake with ducks and an island with a duck house on it. Wonder why they don't eat the fish? There is a little lunch room with tables and chairs outdoors there too. Sadly it too was closed.
The park is clean and well cared for. Plenty of benches to sit and relax. Very pleasant indeed.
1 Jul-31 Aug: Tue-Sun 10am-2.30pm
1 Oct-31 Mar: Tue-Sun 10am-12.30pm & 4pm-6.30pm
1 Apr-30 Jun & Sep: Tue-Sun 10am-12.30pm & 5pm-7.30pm
Free entry on Wednesday.
Is one of the stops on the HOHO tourist bus.
Address: Calle Virgen Blanca
Directions: In the south-eastern part of Granada city centre, inside the Federico García Lorca Park near calle Arabial. The HOHO bus stops here.
Phone: +34 958 258 466
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