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Nasrid Palaces

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Nasrid Palaces

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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan 2021
United Kingdom3,964 contributions6,953 helpful votes
The Nasrid palaces are the star attraction at the Alhambra complex. These are a series of connected palaces, courtyards, pools and gardens that were built by the Moors in the 13th and 14th centuries. There is so much to see when you visit the site that it can be overwhelming. You can spend hours here. We spent most of the day and left with sensory overload. Entry to the Nasrid palaces is via timed slots, which you select when you book your ticket. Do not miss your time slot. I can’t emphasise that enough. We met a couple during the day who had been late for their slot and missed out altogether. None of the other areas (Generalife, Alcazabar etc) have timed entry so I’d recommend doing the Nasrid Palaces first. This allows you to take as much time as you like inside the palaces and then you can wander around everything else afterwards with no time constraints. Inside is a labyrinth but you have to follow the one-way path through the complex, so this helps. The path takes you through the following route: i) Enter through the Mexuar. This is the oldest but plainest section where the Sultan received members of the public, administered state affairs and handed out justice. ii) Next you come to the Comares Palace, where the throne room was located. Visiting dignitaries were received here. The highlights are the Ambassadors’ Hall with its stunning celestial ceiling and the Courtyard of the Myrtles, a bright, open and serenely beautiful space with a long reflection pool running down the middle. 
iii) Next is the Palace of the Lions, the private living area of the royal family. Highlights include the stunning central colonnaded courtyard and lion fountain and the stalactite domes of the Hall of the Abencerrajes and the Hall of Two Sisters iv) From here you exit past the Baths and into the Partal Gardens Throughout the palace, geometrically patterned, multi-coloured tiles (azulejos) capture the eye and the walls are covered in ivory coloured stucco plaster, carved with line after line of poetic Arabic inscriptions, quotes from the Koran, and praises to God. It really is as beautiful as it sounds and is unmissable.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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FTMDave wrote a review Sep 2020
Adria, Italy4,246 contributions341 helpful votes
I am, modestly, an experienced traveller, but I'm thinking that the "Palacios Nazaríes" (Nasrid Palaces) may be the most beautiful building I've ever seen. There is room after fountain after courtyard after garden of the most stunning and detailed Moorish architecture. Book your tickets before on-line and respect your entrance time as only a limited number of people are allowed inside at once, something which has become even more important in COVID times. Also bring I.D., they photograph it, I assume in case of track & trace necessity.
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Date of experience: August 2020
stinkwink wrote a review Aug 2020
Sydney, Australia7,374 contributions1,648 helpful vote
In 2017 we already visited Alhambra but weren't able to get a ticket for the Nasrid Palaces. Now, two years later on, we tried again, and it was nearly the second failure. When long months ago the planned holiday in Granada I wanted to buy the ticket to this desired place, the only availability was Nasrid Palaces Private Guided Tour with Tickets Operator: Granada Tours a Pie. 110 euro per person. You can imagine my feelings. Since I'm writing this review, obviously I paid the 220 euros. We had a guide only for the two of us, and this ticket included the Alcazaba and the Generalife as well. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable, and told us interesting stories as well. It was a delightful 3 hours, but still, I would prefer something less fancy but for 20% of this money. The Nasrid Palaces were as extraordinary as I expected. Every minute more and more miracles were greeting us. The hall of the two sisters with its stunning ceiling, the Tower of the ladies with its reflecting pool, the Hall of the Kings (Sala de los Reyes) with its painted ceiling, there are so many uniquely beautiful places, and then I didn't even mention the Court of the Lions. Also when a water channel ran with small splashing water rays, in the middle of the yard and two colored flower beds on both sides. The Nasrid Palaces are offering so many pleasures to the eye, that at the end you feel, that you can't consume anymore.
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Date of experience: September 2019
3 Helpful votes
Dimitris L wrote a review Apr 2020
Sydney, Australia23,726 contributions61,198 helpful votes
The Nasrid Palaces are an amazing complex of buildings. The rooms, the court yards, the gardens, the reception halls, are all a must see. It's a good idea to have advance tickets and stick to the times allocated, so keep an eye on the time! We were absolutely amazed at the sheer beauty of all we saw. And the architecture is gobsmacking, inside as well as outside! Not to be missed.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Jessica K wrote a review Mar 2020
46 contributions29 helpful votes
Although the gardens were not in bloom, still beautiful to see. Book in advance tickets with the Alhambra
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Date of experience: February 2020
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