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The Alhambra Tickets in Granada and Other Warnings and Dangers

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Alhambra Tickets in Granada

A guided tour of the palatial Alhambra in Granada is one of the best ways to experience the World Heritage site’s grandeur. Purchasing Alhambra tickets in Granada is a traveler’s safest bet for entry onto the typically crowded grounds. As with any popular tourist destination, there are some warnings and dangers to consider.

Booking Tickets

The smartest move any visitor can make is to book their Alhambra tickets well in advance. As one of the country’s most explored attractions, it certainly is wise. Otherwise, be prepared to wait for as long as several hours before securing a ticket. Even then, you may not always be in luck. The main highlight of Alhambra is Nasrid Palace, and because it’s so popular tickets are often sold out by the time visitors reach the front of the line. Note that even after booking tickets, you’ll stand in a rather lengthy line to simply pick them up. Guests note that it moves fairly quickly, though. If tickets to Nasrid Palace are sold out, tickets to view other areas of the complex, such as the Gardens, are usually available for a lesser fee.

Another reason to book in advance is sheer number: there are only 400 visitors permitted every half hour. Tickets can be purchased on the Alhambra office website, or at any BBVA bank branch. Be sure to bring both the provided receipt and your passport to the ticket office, or you’ll be turned away. Note that even if tickets to Nasrid Palace are sold out, visitors can usually still get tickets to view other areas or simply wander through the general area open to the public. Tickets for evening visits are another option are considerably less crowded.

Making Time for the Palace

Once you’ve booked your ticket for Nasrid Palace, be aware that you’re given a specific session during which to visit. You’re only permitted to enter within half an hour of that time—if you miss it, you’re out of luck and will not be allowed inside. However, once you do gain entry you are permitted to stay until the end of your allotted session.

Finding Your Way

Alhambra is an enormous complex, and to navigate it solo could be a challenge for even the most seasoned traveler. Many visitors recommend renting out a media set at the on-site ticket booth. There’s a small fee, but you’ll also need to provide some sort of collateral as a deposit—a credit card is the usual offering. The media set includes a map that breaks the complex down into manageable parts and makes it easier to peruse as you listen to the guided tour via the provided headset.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers booking Alhambra tickets in Granada.

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