Granada: Alhambra Palace – Day visit
I hope you like the south of Spain, because there is a lot of that coming up in the following posts!
Today the main focus is the Alhambra Palace located in the beautiful city of Granada. I had visited Granada various times but had never got round to going to the Palace. So here goes.
-Month: September 2016. I think I can say my favourite month to visit the south of Spain. In Spain, lots of the office jobs take the whole month of August off. Aswell as August being the hottest month it also becomes the busiest month and except for the Malaga Feria there isn’t much reason for me to visit. But come September/October, im there!! The streets/beaches are quiet, the temperature is still glorious, just BLISS.
-Transport: I was based this week in September at my home town in Malaga. Granada is located just 1.5h drive from Malaga along a really lovely road, so it’s great for a day trip. You could also get train or bus to Granada from Malaga, it would probably also take just under 2 hours.
-Money: € – Euros
-Food: One of it’s main perks is that when you order a drink in a bar you would usually get a free “Tapa” (small portion of food). I say small, but Granada is so famous for this that I have even received a burger as an included tapa! You usually don’t get to chose, but that makes it more exciting!! So for lunch find some local bars, order some drinks and just eat from the free tapas, it’s what the locals tend to do!
Tapa: small portion, usually just to try a bit of it.
Racion o media racion: A portion or half a portion.
Upon average you might be ordering 3 “Raciones” for 4 people. They tend to be quite big, come with bread, and its the best way to try lots of different things, sharing is caring!
-The Visit. As mentioned earlier, the main reason for my visit was to see the “Alhambra Palace”. *Tip* DO BOOK!! It gets very busy, and usually sells out every day. You book a time slot, a lot of the visit is outside, chose early morning or late afternoon, Granada gets hot! Don’t do what we did and chose the 4/5pm slot as the sun was beating on us!!!
Parked the car in the city and had a quick walk about before returning to the car to drive up to the Alhambra for our reserved time slot.
Before going on to the Palace, I need to mention an amazing viewpoint “Mirador San Nicolas”. We didn’t go up on this occasion as were meeting my Dad for dinner in the evening, didn’t have time, and also we tried to walk up at 3pm before entering the Palace, baaaaaad idea, very very hot at this time, and its a steep hill up (bus or taxi available also). At any time of day take care: skilful, well-organised wallet-lifters and bag-snatchers operate here. Don’t be put off – it is still a terrific atmosphere, with buskers and local students intermingling with camera-toting tourists
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens: The main event. It really is one of the most fab places you will ever visit and I think a place everyone should! I know I would love to go back one day.
The reserved slot is for the entrance to the Palace. But you can visit the Generalife Gardens first or after your visit.
And what a gorgeous day!!
Few snaps to add done on my phone.
Not much I can say or add to this, you must see it for yourself.
Buy your tickets here and get yourself there!
Have you been to the Alhambra? Let me know what you thought!!