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Old 11-04-08, 08:14 AM   #1
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Anyone been to the Alhambra?

My wife and I are going on a bike tour in Spain next week (VBT). The tour ends in Granada where I have reserved tickets for an afternoon visit to the Alhambra. I have seen film documentaries about the Alhambra and know it is not to be missed. But I don't know whether it is worth reserving a night-time ticket to the Nasrid Palaces. We are only in Granada for a day so it would mean visiting during the afternoon and then returning the same night. Has anyone here gone? Is the night visit spectacular? Better to spend the evening around town?
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Old 11-04-08, 08:17 AM   #2
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I can play Recuerdos de la Alhambra on the guitar.

I'm sure you'll hear that song if you go there.


The real question to ask yourself is-

Does this kind of architecture excite you?
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I've been to Alhambra, IL and Alhambra, CA but not Alhambra, Spain.

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I've been to the Alhambra. It's pretty spectacular, and it's great that you are going to do see it.

I don't know whether going back in the evening is worth it - we didn't do that. I've found that the forums at Tripadvisor.com are great for questions like this one. I guess it depends (a) on how much time you will spend there on your afternoon visit and (b) how much other architectural stuff you have already seen on your trip. When we went, we had already soaked up a lot in other towns, so our long afternoon tour of the Alhambra seemed like enough.

But Granada is a pretty nice town....there is lots to do. Especially if you like going to Flamenco places, gypsy music, etc....then there are lots of places to go out and do that. I wouldn't mind a night on the town at all.

Try to listen to de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" before you go; he composed it at the Alhambra...
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I would just do the daytime trip and then do your own thing in the evening. It is beautiful, and you would get something of an extra perspective at night, but I'm not a big fan of the son et lumiere shows, and I assume (perhaps wrongly) that that is what the evening show is all about.

It's a gorgeous place though. Enjoy.

Tell me more about the bike tour though. How much riding? Where are you going?
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Alabama has moved to Spain? First it's the manufacturing jobs to China, now whole states are being moved offshore. This is an outrage...

What...?

Alhambra?

Um...nevermind!
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Tell me more about the bike tour though. How much riding? Where are you going?
This is a VBT tour so we are talking about light riding (30-45 miles/day), fully supported, good accommodations, good food, good wine. When we go on vacation we go for comfort and fun, neither of us would like a "real" self-supported touring experience. This one is in the Andalusia area of Spain between Seville and Granada - lots of small towns, vineyards, etc. We are also spending a few days in Seville, pre-tour and Barcelona, post-tour.
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This is a VBT tour so we are talking about light riding (30-45 miles/day), fully supported, good accommodations, good food, good wine. When we go on vacation we go for comfort and fun, neither of us would like a "real" self-supported touring experience. This one is in the Andalusia area of Spain between Seville and Granada - lots of small towns, vineyards, etc. We are also spending a few days in Seville, pre-tour and Barcelona, post-tour.
Sounds like a great tour- we really liked Seville a lot. We were there during Holy Week so it was super crowded; would love to go back and spend more time in the museums. I'm sure you'll see all the big things we saw there - if you see the Moorish palace at Seville it will give you a (small) taste of what you'll see in Alhambra.

We also made a day trip to Jerez from Seville - if you really have a lot of time in Seville you might consider that. Especially if you like horses - Jerez has the famous Andalusian horse show 2 or 3 days a week (I forget which days it is); my fuzzy memory is that it's only an hour or two to drive down to Jerez. Was a super-easy drive and I imagine you can do it via public transport as well.
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Alabama has moved to Spain? First it's the manufacturing jobs to China, now whole states are being moved offshore. This is an outrage...
Well, it's not the first time that Alabama has seceded.

They must have decided that with Georgia getting invaded by Russia, that the Yanks in Washington wouldn't protect them much either.
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My wife and I are going on a bike tour in Spain next week (VBT). The tour ends in Granada where I have reserved tickets for an afternoon visit to the Alhambra. I have seen film documentaries about the Alhambra and know it is not to be missed. But I don't know whether it is worth reserving a night-time ticket to the Nasrid Palaces. We are only in Granada for a day so it would mean visiting during the afternoon and then returning the same night. Has anyone here gone? Is the night visit spectacular? Better to spend the evening around town?
I visited the Alhambra in early October 2006. It is a remarkably beautiful collection of buildings and gardens not to be missed, however I concur with others that if you're only there a single day you should see other areas in the evening, especially the romantic Albayzin quarter. While there you could combine a stunning night view of the Alhambra with a memorable dining experience on the outdoor terrace of a "carmen", a typical Albayzin house with a garden patio, sampling fine Andalusian wine and cuisine. If it is still open (might be closed this late in the year - too chilly?) and if your last night allows time for it, I'd highly recommend the Carmen Mirador de Morayma at Calle Pianista Garcia Carillo 2 (tel. 958-228-290) for a truly memorable experience. The night lighting of the Alhambra across the river is the breathtaking background of your table. If it is closed I'd still wander the Albayzin and find another place to eat. I've attached a small, poorly focused photo of the view I've described (it really is an "oh my gosh" moment when you see it):
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I've been to the Alhambra casino in Aruba. The odds are bad, lost my shirt.
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I've been to the Alhambra casino in Aruba. The odds are bad, lost my shirt.
Bars, casinos. Blasphemy - I'm surprised no one has put out a fatwah.
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