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Anne Jul 10th, 2002 02:53 PM

Is it worth going to the Alhambra?
 
We will be spending 10 days in Spain. The bulk of which will be in Sevilla with a definite trip to Rhonda. Is it worth spending two of our precious days in Granada at the Alhambra or should we add to the "White Towns" or Sevilla (or perhaps Portugal) Anne

Grandma Jul 10th, 2002 02:57 PM

Definitely. It was awhile ago but tis the most memorable of my Spanish memories.

Caroline Jul 10th, 2002 03:19 PM

It is not to be missed.

Karen Jul 10th, 2002 03:28 PM

The Alhambra is a must.

StCirq Jul 10th, 2002 04:09 PM

The Alhambra is right up there among the most amazing places I have ever been.<BR><BR>And I really liked seeing Ferdinand and Isabella's tombs in Granada, too. Either they were both midgets or they folded them up when theye buried them.

Anne Jul 11th, 2002 02:48 PM

Thanks all for your conclusive response. Sounds like The Alhambra stays on the itinerary!!<BR><BR>Anne

Barbara Jul 11th, 2002 07:12 PM

Try to stay at the Parador on the grounds of the Alhambra. It is really special.

Mavis Jul 11th, 2002 07:38 PM

And if you can't stay in the Parador, at least eat there. The only day we had to spend at the Alhambra it was pouring rain, and it was still one of the most beautiful things we've ever seen. Some of my best travel photos are from that day.

Kyle Jul 11th, 2002 09:26 PM

Yes, it's a must do.

Ellen Jul 12th, 2002 07:14 AM

Actually just got back from Spain on Wednesday but haven't had a chance to do a trip report yet. Briefly, yes the Alhambra is a must. But one day in Granada is sufficient. If you stay in the Parador (we did and loved it), you can take the tour from their lobby at 10:20 AM. Book the tour when you book the Parador. The tour is over at 1:30. You can take a siesta and still have time for the rest of the sights (church and tomb). We saw the gypsy area in the evening when we went for Flamenco at one of the local 'tourist' shows. No real shopping to speak of, EXCEPT the Mephisto Store (1/2 the price of US). Save room in the suitcase. You can do the store on the way back from the church and then take a cab back up the hill. Skip the Alhambra bus as you still have to walk uphill to the Parador (they can't get that close by bus but the cabs go to the door). Don't know when you are going, but Ronda and Granada are hot, hot, hot!!!! Seville was 106F this week.

lizbeth Jul 12th, 2002 12:44 PM

Another "must" vote for the Alhambra. On my very first trip to Europe, we drove through the mountains at night, arriving in Granada around 2:00 a.m. (never again!). Next morning at breakfast we looked up at those same mountains and realized what folly it had been to traverse them in the dark. We toured the Alhambra,marvelled at all the intricate tilework and stonemasonery, and came to understand why Granada was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain - if you lived there you wouldn't want to give it up either.<BR>Another plus is the mountain air in Granada - it really sharpens your senses, and makes all your meals more enjoyable.<BR>Go - even if it's just for the day.

Chris Jul 12th, 2002 02:35 PM

I visited the Alhambra.. welll more years ago than i care to admit; but.....it is magical.<BR> Read 'Tales of the Alhambra' by Washington Irving..take it along...you'll be captivated and you won't just be a tourist.. you'll feel as though you are in the midst of history when the Alhambra was decked out in all its glory..<BR> you'll never be sorry!<BR><BR>=)

David Jul 12th, 2002 02:48 PM

Anne,<BR><BR>I was last there when I was only thirteen and yet have not forgotten it to this day (I'm forty-three now)! It is a mystical, magical place that will occupy youy dreams and thoughts for years to come.<BR><BR>I guess what I'm trying to say is, yes, go!<BR><BR>Strive


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