Granada - how long to stay?

Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 08:36 AM
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Granada - how long to stay?

How long would you recommend staying in Granada?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 08:40 AM
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You can see the basics in a full day (2 nights) - but the answer depends on how much time you have to see the rest of Andalusia.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 09:11 AM
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I agree that two nights is time to see much of Granada. We spent two nights, but left in the early evening on a train to Cordoba on our 2nd day which gave us almost two full days in Granada which we liked. I agree, it depends on your total time in Andalucia.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 09:11 AM
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We will have 7 nights for Andalusia and will split time between Seville, Granada, and Cordoba.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 10:38 AM
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We had 7 nights in Andalucia as well and did the same three cities. Here is my trip report which you may find helpful:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-le-pigeon.cfm
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 12:41 PM
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One night - drive there, drop stuff at hotel, see Alhambra, have a nice dinner, bugger off in the morning.

Seville and Cordoba have more on offer.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:07 PM
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Don't forget that you need tickets for Alhambra.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:33 PM
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IMO you need to leave enough time not only to see the Alhambra in the day, but also the night-time visit to the Nasrid palaces.

therefore 2 days is a minimum.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 04:32 PM
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I'm glad I had a bit more than 2 full days for Granada, but with 7 nights in the area, I'm not sure that makes most sense - it depends on your interests.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 04:43 PM
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It's been awhile since I was in Granada, but the one thing that stands out for me was the flamenco dancing which we went to in the Cave area just outside of the city. You can get tickets and a bus there -- just ask at your hotel. Also, I think this is where we saw the tombs of Ferdinand & Isabella. Very impressive. I would definitely do at least two nights there.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2012, 07:47 AM
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we had two days in Granada, and on the first night, we went to the Alhambra to see the palaces by night. [we hadn't been planning this, but we thought we'd see if they had tickets on the off chance, and they did. but it was november.]

I wouldn't have missed it for the world, as the illuminated palaces are just gorgeous and there are far fewer people than in the day time.

the next morning we had tickets for the Alhambra, with a timed entrance for the palaces at 10.30 so we arrived as the gates opened, had breakfast at the little cafe at the entrance, explored the rest of the site before our entrance time, went into the palaces, came out and had some lunch at a kiosk, and then went to the Generalife gardens, which we exited at about 3pm.

we then went down into the town and explored it for the rest of the afternoon and evening, catching a bus up to the top of the gypsy area and walking back down. [you can get a bus up there from outside the entrance/exit to the alhambra].

we were too tired to go to the Flamenco, but if you paces yourselves/had more energy, you could do that as well.

hence my advice that you need 2 days to do Granada justice.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2012, 07:52 AM
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If you don't mind taking it as it comes, you can get tickets for the Alhambra by turning up on the day. I did this yesterday at about 10.30am with no problem. Have also done it every year for the past 8. And if you are a senior, show them your passport and ask for a discount!
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