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Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

I have limited mobility so found the cobbled streets and pathways hard work with my wheelie walker but succeeded as the place is well worth the pain indured ! Ensure you buy your tickets in advance of going there either on line or by phone. (I got mine by phone as website for some reason just would not continue to final page. On arrival take your reservation to the ticket office and they exchange it for a ticket for the time you booked your palace entry. We found best time is to book for around 1.30 or 2pm but arrive around 11am then you can exchange your tickets and spend a couple of hours wondering around Generalife which has stunning views and amazing gardens and water features. Don't forget to go to the Fort. The highest point and stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains....we went in November so mountains were covered in snow....just beautiful.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Jandy601
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

The highlight of our trip, the gardens, architecture, and generally the mix of the two create a wonderful place to wal round, take pictures, and discover new surprises round each corner. Perfect location on the top of the hill with an amazing view out over the city.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018

Not straightforward to get in but REALLY worth to visit. Unbelievable amount of work and incredible attention to details. I would definitely recommend to visit on your trip to Granada. Another show to see - flamenco dances performed by gipsy actors in cave.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank shuralev2
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Reviewed December 2, 2018

Be prepared to walk up hill to reach the palace. It is worth the effort to see the view from the hilltop. The palace is Moorish architecture . It is amazingly well preserved.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Melissa L
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

I bought tickets to the Alhambra three months in advance from the U.S. because there was absolutely no way I would take the chance of getting to Granada an then finding out I wouldn't be able to get in.

I'm so glad I did.

When I got there, it was beyond crowded. If that's possible. Wall to wall people, including a few that were infuritated that they couldn't get in because they didn't plan ahead and but tickets. I can't stress this enough. Probably 95% of the people who visit Granada have the Alhambra on their bucket list. So, if you don't want to miss the experience, buying tickets ahead of time is pretty much mandatory. The only option you have in lie of that is being content seeing the Alhambra at night. It's nothing compared to seeing the Alhambra in the light of day, but at least you'll be able to see it, albiet not the top notch experience you'd have in full light.

Also, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and thick socks because you will be walking. Walking a lot. The Alhambra is huge. Absolutely huge.

Try to book your arrival date as early as possible. The earlier you get there the better. They are very strict in regards to their entry policy. When you book tickets, you not only have a specific date, but a specific time as well. Make sure you have reliable transportation. If you are at a hotel, have them send a taxi. If you have a car, make sure it has gas. In other words be prepared. It's a madhouse the hour or two before the gates open, so arriving there with all your wits about you will make the experience much better. Nothing ruins a experience more than being in a stressed, negative mind set.

In terms of what you will see, adjectives don't do it justice. In fact, I don't think an adjective exists that quantifies the experience of seeing the Alhambra, flesh and blood live.

You will probably find, like me, that the highlight of the Alhambra experience is the first palace. For the life of me, the name escapes me, but the pathway is on the left after you enter the Alhambra complex. You will see a sign with the name of the palace. You'll know your going the right way, if you see the word palace on the sign. That's the only part I can remember.

If you were in Granada and were told that you could only do one thing before leaving, visiting the Alhambra would most certainly would have to be your answer. It's really what put Granada on the map as far as tourism. Enjoy yourselves.

Date of experience: November 2018
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