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The Alhambra

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Dunteachin, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I'm planning a day trip there, arriving by train. I've read the official site regarding booking tickets blah blah, but I wondered if any of you have been recently and could give me any tips, useful info etc.
    Muchas gracias.
  2. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    This is also high on my list. Where are you actually staying Dunteachin?
  3. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Benalmadena. Don't laugh. Free accommodation and cheap flights! £20 coming back!
  4. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I've passed through Benalmadena it's not all that bad. A friend's Mum used to have a villa there.
  5. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Book tickets online beforehand in plenty of time. It's easy. Don't go by train on the day. Youll always regret not having enough time.

    Go the day before, stay over and get there early. Don't miss out generalife.
  6. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Thanks, girls.
  7. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    It is fabulous. Have a wonderful time. A very staid ex colleague of mine stayed in Torremolinos when she visited. She never regretted it.
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    Your online tickets, and even some tickets issued by hotels, have to be exchanged for real tickets when you get to the Alhambra. Because they are vouchers not actual tickets. Sigh.

    At a different ticket office from the main one. :(

    If they send you back it can take 20-30 minutes with the walk and then the queue. We nearly lost our timeslot . . .

    And @Dunteachin , from Benal you can catch a bus to beautiful Estepona . . . There are 13 km, thirteen kilometres, of streets like this.


    calle torrejon 2.jpg calle Maria Espinosa z.jpg ! Calle Cruz.jpg Pasaje Maruja Mayo 2.jpg Pasaje Francisca Contreras.jpg calle aurora.jpg

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  9. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    I would just get up extra early in the morning and go queue. That's what my friend and I did & our queue was much shorter than the queue for people who had reserved tickets online.
  10. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Thanks for those gorgeous photos, Theo. That's definitely on the list.

    I read that you can get your online tickets from automated machines near the main ticket office, thus reducing queuing time. It all sounds a little fraught... We'll see.

    Would really like to go to Gibraltar, too. I know there's not much there, but I'd still like to step foot on the Rock.

    We're only going for 8 days...
  11. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Went to Gibraltar once. What a dump. Renamed it "Birmingham-on-sea".
  12. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Obviously you are talking about the wrong Alhambra, this one is much easier to visit! download.jpg
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  13. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Thanks, Jacob. I'll not bother, then...
  14. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

  15. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    @Dunteachin This will help you get in the mood (Memories of Alhambra is the title of the piece)
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  16. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    That's how we did it. We were sceptical about the machines - but it all worked really well.

    As well as the timed entry into the inner part (which is so beautiful it will make you cry...), they restrict visitor numbers every day. It means that, if you visit at a busy time especially, you run the risk of not being able to get in unless you book in advance.

    The Telegraph had a good feature on the Alhambra a couple of months ago, which is here. It explains how to book.

    Tapas bars in Granada often give free tapas with drinks, btw - result!

    You can also book train tickets online on the Spanish Renfe website - and it has an English translation option. That also worked very well. We organised our own Seville / Cordoba / Granada trip, flying into Malaga and using the trains - and without speaking Spanish. It all worked really well. Be aware that the train services do not always run the same on Sundays - check the timetable.

    We caught a bus from Cordoba to Granada on a Sunday, because the train wasn't running. It took longer, but was actually lovely, because it travelled through the olive growing area. We then got the bus back from Granada to Malaga - I seem to recall there was no easy train journey on that particular route.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
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  17. mandylifeboats

    mandylifeboats Occasional commenter

    My o/h has been and said it was much smaller than expected, crowded and pretty remote, so get your arrangements in place well early to avoid wasting half a day, as others have said.
  18. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

    Green with envy!
  19. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Established commenter

    The Alhambra

    Definitely get an audio guide on the way in (you leave your passport or an ID card as a deposit) - you'll get so much more out of the visit.

    If you can, go back in the evening for the Visita Nocturna - I've done it a few times and while you don't get to see as much (only the main palace & courtyards), there are FAR fewer people around and it just feels magical under the stars.
  20. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    If you are on foot its quite a walk to the top of the hill. We tried to go there a few years back but couldn't buy a ticket on the door (well not without several hours wait) so we didn't bother.

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