Real de la Alhambra, 53, Granada, Granada Province, 18009, Spain
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The visitor to Granada MUST go to the Alhambra as it is simply a striking and wonderful example of Muslim architecture from the long ago Al-Andalus period. Originally built as a palace in the 11th century, the Nasrid kings turned the palace into the fortress-palace complex including a small town area that can be seen today. The interior is adorned with incredibly intricate molded stucco walls, some of which still have hints of the bright colors that covered must of this work.
The highlight of the visit is the Palacio Nazaries, which contains many amazing rooms and areas including the Palacio de Comares, the Palacio de los Liones, The Sala de Dos Hermanas, and the Patio del Cuarto Dorado. To best understand the history and what went on here, the audio guide is highly recommended. At a minimum, have a detailed guidebook at hand or glom onto a guided tour of which there are many.
Other significant areas outside of the Palacio Nazaries that you will want to visit are the fortress of the Alcazaba, the beautiful gardens of the Jardines del Partal and those of the Generalife, the summer home of the Nasid kings on the opposite hill. Also check out the 16th century Palacio de Carlos V and the Museo de la Alhambra within. You might also wish to dine at the Parador de Granada (the outside patio sports wonderful views of the Albaczin and the Generalife) or at the Hotel America. Also check out the little shops on the Calle Real de Alhambras, especially Laguna Taller de Taracea which does beautiful marquetry work and also demonstrates how their crafts are made.
Due to crowds, it is best to go early in the morning soon after they first open, or later in the late afternoon/early evening. Also consider taking the separte night tour for a mystical and completely different view of the Palacio Nazaries and surrounding grounds.
Palacio de Carlos V
Friendly local Police bring us to overnight accom'
Route heading up towards Quarries after Cordoba
Granada - Alhambra on Easter
We'll probably spend 11th-12th of April in Granada - which means we'll be there at the end of Semana Santa!
1. Are there special events that we should know about in advance? Are there any processions or other events that we might be interested in?
2. Is there a special schedule at Alhambra - I couldn't notice any unusual opening hours or anything else - according to their website, but maybe I was just missing something...
3. Is the night visit to Alhambra worth it, on top of a daytime visit - within 2 days stay in Granada, or will it be too much???
4. Any other recommendation will be most appreciated!
Re: Granada - Alhambra on Easter
Check out http://www.bugbog.com/festivals/european_festivals.html.
I did the Alhambra during the day and it was really spectacular. I have read on the forums of people doing it both by day and night as each has its attraction. If I had known I would have done both!
I hope you have lined up accommodation. I believe it gets booked up fast during this period.
Don't forget to visit the Albaicin area especially at sunset - http://www.vivagranada.com/albaicin/index.htm
Thanks, but still need an answer...
I have tried to go through most of the ticket-booking steps, in order to find out if there's a change in the programme q schedule on the day before easte - Palm Sunday, but there was no notification about it...
I already booked accommodation, thanks.
I'm still trying to find out what's the specific programme for this weekend (11th-12th of April) - regarding Semana Santa events in Granada.
Any website that details the events?
Thanks! You're very helpful!
Thanks! You're very helpful!
Travel Tips for Granada
Palm Trees and Dates!
One of the things I love most about Granada and the south of Spain in general are the date palm trees. As you can see from the photos dates grow on the palm trees which is an added bonus to the charm they already have.
I love living somewhere where palm trees grow. It reminds you how lucky I am to be living in a tropical place!
The Sierra Nevada ski resort is 30 km from Granada. These slopes are popular with Portuguese, as well as Spanish, skiers. Problem is this is a region suffering from drought (check out the low level of the reservoirs). The local paper (Ideal) reported that 2008 was the worst ski season in 10 years due to lack of snow and unusually high winds.
They do use artificial snow but check out the current conditions carefully.
The long drive bypassed many incredible views such as those pictured here, but many of my companions who were from South America did not seem to be interested. Checked with them later & was told such sceneries are common in South America. Now, I'm reeeeeeally hoping to visit South America!!!
Bus ends at 2305 from Alhambra
If you go to the Night Tour of the Palacio Nazaries, don't count on taking the bus back down the hill as the last bus leaves at 2305 (11:05 pm), which is only an hour and five minutes after the entrance time for the tour. Your alternatives are to catch a taxi at the Alhambra entrance or to walk down. If you choose the latter, don't bother walking all the way back to the Alhambra entrance but instead take the path downward path near the Palacio de Carlos V and exit through the Puerta de la Justicia. The Plaza Nueva is a short 15-minute walk downhill on Cuesta de Gomerez from this point.
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Address: Real de la Alhambra, 53, Granada, Granada Province, 18009, Spain