Granada, Spain is a very, very impressive place to explore. Whether you’re all about tapas and flamenco, shopping in the sun or visiting UNESCO world heritage sites such as The Alhambra Palace, Granada is a tourist-friendly for all. Forget the overcrowded Spanish coast and head inland to Spain’s culture rich cities. The region of Andalusia attracts people year round for a magnitude of reasons. For us, it was a last minute completely unplanned trip. A last minute flight took us to Andalusia for a mini road trip with my boyfriend’s family.
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Granada embodies everything that is Spain, grand architecture, excellent places to drink, eat and socialise. And the main reason we chose to visit the city of Granada, The Alhambra. A UNESCO world heritage site that fascinated us from the second we heard its name.
TICKETS FOR THE ALHAMBRA PALACE
We booked our tickets for The Alhambra hurriedly online. There’s a few different ticket websites including Granada Tours. The tickets for the Alhambra sell out fast and often people are left outside queuing with no tickets left for that day. Its wise to pre-book Alhambra tickets online in advance or arrive in Granada a few days early to visit the ticket office at The Alhambra to buy your tickets. We decided that we wouldn’t be left waiting outside and we’d be seeing The Alhambra no matter what.
In our rush to buy Alhambra tickets we mistakenly booked a big package deal online, Jamie’s mum – the trip organisers and a fluent Spanish speaker was able to work her magic and fix this in time for our tour of The Alhambra.
Check out a few different Alhambra ticket websites before booking yours or arriving in Granada, ticket prices are relatively similar but as we found packages vary. The mistake we made is a mistake that could’ve been costly to us in our crazed urgency to get tickets for The Alhambra. As mentioned try Granada Tours or Get Your Guide for tickets the websites are easy to use.
THE ALHAMBRA PALACE, GRANADA, SPAIN
The Alhambra is a palace-style fortress in the city of Granada, its situated in the hills and looks down on the city in all its opulence. The Alhambra was once a small Roman fortress morphed into an Moorish palace. The structure itself has changed ownership and religions more times than I can keep up with. It’s turbulent history is what makes The Alhambra so unique and intriguing as a heritage site. The grand Islamic architecture is well preserved and incredibly beautiful to photograph. Each room tells and tale, each wall, floor, ceiling, window and door frame tell a story of a time from Spain’s history that many forget. The Christian influences intertwined among the Islamic architecture make the Alhambra a very special and thought provoking place to visit.
|Views of Granada, Spain from the walls of The Alhambra|
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|Views of the Alhambra, Granada|
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HOW MUCH DOES THE ALHAMBRA COST? – ALHAMBRA TICKETS
The cost of visiting The Alhambra can vary, there are several varying tours with guides, with audio guides, with bilingual guides etc. and the prices seem to fluctuate depending on your requirement. The standard entrance Alhambra ticket is usually £35 which is around €40. Book your tickets for the Alhambra entrance and tour in advance and beat the masses waiting outside. We got one audio guide between four and one person was able to listen and then relay the information to everyone else.