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Alhambra is the must see attraction in Granada, Spain. It’s a complex of palaces and fortresses dating back as early as the 9th century. It’s a mystical place and a top cultural and tourist destination. It’s even featured in a book as one of the top 1000 places to see before you die! The consequence of its popularity, is that there are far too many tourists, even if we were 2 of them.
Do not let that put you off though. It’s a beautiful place, the grounds are sprawling and the history oozes from every crevice.
Entry prices are reasonable. In fact, at €14 for general admission, it’s extremely good value and concessions are available.
The site is large enough to spend a full leisurely day. Stroll around the manicured gardens, be awed by the well preserved Moorish palaces and soak up the stunning panoramic views of Granada and the surrounding Sierra Nevada. You need to have planned well ahead and booked tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be bought from Alhambra direct upto 3 months in advance. Failing that, as we did, you will need to get up very early on the day of your visit to queue for one of the few hundred tickets available for the day.
Be prepared for throngs of other visitors, many of whom have arrived on organised coach trips. A few of these seem to believe that gives them the right to be rude, barging others out of the way in case a wall suddenly collapses and they miss their photo opportunity.
A coffee will set you back a hefty €3.50 although that is perhaps to be expected at such a popular tourist destination.
Alhambra is indeed a mystical place and definitely worth a visit.