?Alhambra & Driving into Seville?

Sep 26th, 2003, 06:10 AM
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?Alhambra & Driving into Seville?

2 questions for my upcoming trip:

Is it possible to view any of the Alhambra/Generalife without a ticket? We have a reservation at the Parador and will be arriving late afternoon. We already have reservations to enter the Nasrid Palace the next morning. How much "open access" is there, can we use the arrival afternoon to look around, the Generalife, especially since we're staying at the Parador? Also is it possible to pick up the tickets the day before?

Next question, for several reasons we've decided just to drive into Seville for our 2 night stay (staying at the Hotel Amadeus). What is the absolute worst times to drive into or out of Sevilla? We would obviously like to try to avoid those times if possible.

Any last minute tips on the Alpujurras (staying in Ferreirola near Pitres) and Grazalema National Park (staying in Montecorto)?

Thank you for all the wonderful assistance!
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Sep 26th, 2003, 08:25 AM
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I think I found at least a partial answer to my first question. On the booking website it states that tickets can only be picked up the same day as the entry date. And there is a separate 4E ticket for entry into just the Generalife.

Any other comments?
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Sep 26th, 2003, 11:03 AM
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To drive into Sevilla, avoid the rush hours which are between 8 and 10 am, and between 4 and 5pm , Monday thru Friday. That's only if you can, but don't go out of the way to do it, rush hour in Seville is not that big a deal.
The difficulty lies mostly in finding your way through the one way system in the small streets.

Just call the Amadeus to get directions a few days before your reservation date.
I think they have good directions on their website, but I say this because
I've just heard that because of streetworks they are going to change the direction of some of the streets in that area.
The same applies to the Casas de la Juderia, Fernando III, Alfonso X and Alcantara hotels.
From what I've heard, you will be able to drive all the way into Santa Maria La Blanca street from the main road Menendez y Pelayo instead of driving through all the back streets to get to it.
I'm not sure when this will go into effect or how long it will last, so best inquire at the Hotel.

Also, the same has happened with Las Casas de los Mercaderes hotel: from now until sometime in November, the access is from the Cathedral and Plaza Nueva, not from Aguilas street and Plaza Salvador as usual.

It's important not to follow the directional signs to these hotels scattered around dowtown. Since these measures are temporary -until streetworks are completed-, city hall doesn't want to change these signs or put temporary ones, so it can be pretty frustrating to follow those right up to a building site!

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Sep 26th, 2003, 11:54 AM
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This is not an original idea from me but I read it and it sounded reasonable:

Drive your car to someplace like the Santa Justa RR station which is on the outskirts of Sevilla. Hire a cab driver to escort you into town to the hotel and then just pay him once you are at the hotel.

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Sep 26th, 2003, 10:56 PM
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I would second that advice about paying a cab to 'guide' you - I once spent 3 hours trying to get to my central hotel in Florence!

However - if you do hire a cab, make sure you tell him/her not to use 'taxi only' roads - they may not even know how to drive around town without using those, though! Presumably you don't pay until arrival ...
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