Alhambra 2 - Nazrid Palace Granada Reviews
Stunning, inspiring Nov 10, 2010
The Nazrid palaces must be the most exciting and iconic section of the Alhambra site. The fountains are so beautiful and the detailed carving on the walls is very intricate. It's also amazing to see so much of the original tiles and woodwork.
The palaces are only available to 300 people at a certain time period, and you can book a variety of slots in the morning or afternoon. Once you have a slot allocated to you, you can stay there for as long as the rest of the morning or afternoon, but you cannot go there a minute before. Booking can be done at the ticket office or online too, but if you book online, remember to take the credit card you paid with.
I highly recommend you book the late afternoon, as most tour groups have gone by then and the light is beautiful to look at eveything and for the best photo-taking opportunities of course.
They do not allow you to carry your backpack over your back either, so it is best to travel light and be prepared to wear it on your front or as some sort of side bag!
Highly recommended for anyone's trip to Granada and indeed, the Andalucia region of Spain!
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Wonder of wonders Dec 18, 1989
Most people visiting the Alhambra buy a ticket that covers the Alcazaba, the Nazrid Palace and the Generalife. Only the Palace has a fixed time and that is for entry only - you can stay as long as you like. The 3 can be visited in any order so make the first and last fit around the middle one (geographically as well as list order.)
I am dividing the reviews into three parts to avoid any one becoming too long.
Fine as the Alcazaba and the Genralife undoubtedly are, it is the Nazrid Palace, above all other parts, that makes the Alhambra one of the greatest visits in Europe - or at least of the Europe I have seen. Strange as it may seem now, the Muslim creations of the age were not expected to survive for many generations and we are lucky to have this fabulous monument.
Advice to stay for hours is prolific. I am no good at that - I prefer to spend a reasonable time more than once. I have been here 3 times and would gladly go 30 or possibly 300 more.
It is difficult to pick anything here that is not worth seeing. Extensive studies have been done into the mathematics of the engravings and of the texts that cover some of the walls. I just find myself spellbound by the beauty and intricacy of the ornamentation.
The building is divided into part for receiving dignitaries, part as the royal residence and part for the harem.
I suspect that any number of TBs have been here but if you have not, don't leave it longer than you have to.
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