"Introducing the Alhambra" Alhambra Tip by smirnofforiginal

Alhambra, Granada: 218 reviews and 443 photos


"Pause on the esplanade of La Sabika and gaze upon your surroundings. The city is a lady whose husband is the hill. She is clasped by the belt of the river, and flowers smile like jewels at her throat... La Sabika is a crown upon the brow of Granada, In which the stars yearn to be studded. And the Alhambra - God watch over it! Is a ruby at the crest of that crown."

An UNESCO World Heritage Site and definitely on the list of places to see before you die!
Exotic. Imaginative. Sensual. Romantic. Alluring. Charming. Monumental - The Alhambra has it all!

Alhambra means red (Arabic). Red castle .."by the light of torches, the reflections of which gave the walls their particular coloration." The Alhambra was built for military purposes but as well as being a fort it was also a city and a palace.

There is a limit on how many tickets are sold each day. It is possible to purchase online in advance. We were travelling and had no internet access. We made a phone call and were told no more tickets were available in advance and to take our chances by turning up. We got there early (NB it is cold in the morning!), joined a queue that seemed to go on forever and got in. NB if you have a credit card you can use the automated credit card machine - this queue is the fastest moving!

There are 4 main parts to the Alhambra - Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Partal and Generalife.
Your ticket for Nasrid Palaces will have a specific time printed. Make sure you go for this time - after your allocated time you will be denied access.

Address: Calle Real s/n
Directions: Tel. bookings: BBV bank : 902 224 460 from Spain or through web site
Phone: 902 441 221
Website: http://www.alhambra-patronato.es

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 7, 2010
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