Granada: Alhambra at night??

Feb 9th, 2008, 07:12 AM
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Granada: Alhambra at night??

My family and I will be in Granada in early April. I have read that visiting the Alhambra at night in addition to a daytime visit is worthwhile. Do you agree?

Also, what do these mean:


My family consists of 2 adults, 2 children (ages 13 & 11) and one mother-in-law (age 69). I know that I will need two standard tickets for my wife and me. Which of the ticket options above apply to my children and to my mother-in-law.

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Feb 9th, 2008, 07:30 AM
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Jubilados : retired persons
Estudiantes : students
Minusvalias : disabled persons
Ninos menores 12 : children under 12.

You'll have to buy 3 standard tickets + 1 for your mother-in-law + 1 for your 11-year old child.
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Feb 9th, 2008, 08:13 AM
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I've visited the Alhambra about 5 times during the day, and once at night. I would agree that the night-time visit is pretty magical - I found it much easier to imagine the palaces "as they were" back in the day. They aren't floodlit (though of course they are lit well enough for you to see around you) which I thought added to the ambience. So to answer your question, yes a night visit is worthwhile, in my opinion.

Re. your other question, Pvoyageuse's answer is spot on.
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Feb 10th, 2008, 05:48 AM
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Thanks for the information. One follow up question please:

When I purchase morning tickets, it gives me an entry time to the Nasrid Palaces. This a 30 minute window. This is not the entry time for the entire complex is it? In other words, we can visit the Generalife gardens and the Alcazaba anytime in the morning between 8:30am-2:00pm, but we must enter the Nasrid Palace during the 30 minute entry time on our ticket. Is this correct?

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Feb 10th, 2008, 06:21 AM
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Feb 10th, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Your understanding is correct. The 30 minute slot (10-10:30 was ours this week) refers only to the entrance to the Nasrid Palaces. But once you're inside, you can stay as long as you like. You may visit the Alcazaba, Generalife, Palace of Charles V at your leisure.

Be sure to visit the downstairs museum (free) in Charles V's Palace to see one of the 12 lions that were removed from the Patio de los Leones. It has been beautifully restored, the restoration process is explained via slide show-now looks far more refined, elegant and lean than before. There's also an interesting special exhibit there now of very early photographs of the Alhambra complex.

The palace also has a museum shop with great selection of books, both guidebooks and art books on the Alhambra, Granada and Andalucía.
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Feb 10th, 2008, 10:13 AM
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The evening visit is very much worthwhile. When I did it I found I was sharing the place with a few, quiet, people - a marked contrast to the noisy crowds during the day.
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