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how much alhambra is too much???

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1. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

Just gone nuts buying tickets within Spain, a reputable highly ranked budget airline have a great special going atm 20E flghts !!!!!!(no, i wont advertise)

Sooooo....... it puts me in Granada on the 19th of Jan a Fri and 20th of Jan a Saturday. Both days which the Alhambra is open at nights :D

Should i go all out and visit it during 19th day, 19th night, 20th day, 20th night ????? Or just a night and a day, and enjoy Granada's other sites. Or maybe 2 days and a night??? Reading other posts Granada seems to be a great place to hang out as well.

How long did others spend here? And what do you wise ppl think i should do...

many cheers anth (who should be studing for exams but is too excited about going to europe )

2. Posted by Norzi (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hi,

I was in Granada 6 weeks ago and spent about 4 hours in the Alhambra. It is truly amazing but it is very busy and I often fonund myself being moved on by the crowds. It all depends on age, how much you want to see, how much time you spend in each area etc so you may want to stay longer.No matter when you go it will be busy though. The main area is the Palacio Nazarias, which needs to be entered at a specific time but once in there you can stay as long as you like. I'm not sure what it's like at night but it may be less crowded.
I advise getting your hotel to book for you. We had to wait a day as it was already booked for the day we got there.
Granada has other attractions though, the alabcin area is lovely with it's winding, hilly streets and nice little shops.
There is a street full of teterias - moroccan tea houses. I thinn the main street for nightlife and stuff was calle Elvira (?).
There is a main shopping street all the way down from plaza nueva.
Ah and the good thing about Granada is that when you order a drink you get free tapas. So you can just go from place to place and get free food!!
Hope that's been helpful - enjoy Spain.

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

I'd say a whole day is enough to visit the Alhambra. It's indeed crazily busy with tourists but given the fact you are going in winter it shouldn't be too bad. What I definitely would recommend is buying your ticket in advance, unless you're willing to queue for ages. You can get them at tickets alhambra and I advise booking your entry time for no later than midday. That gives you time to stroll around the different buildings and watching the sunset from up there, over Granada and Sierra Nevada was beautiful. Granada is indeed a great city which also features a fantastic arab quarter with little market stalls and delicious food. I would definitely spend another day just walking around there. At night you'll find lots of cool bars and pubs to mingle with the locals (most of them students).

Steff (who should also be studying for exams )