It was on my mind to take my mum to see the Alhambra one day – having seen an offer on flights to Malaga on Ryanair I decided to book it in. Fortunately I had been to Granada before, which gave me the confidence to co-ordinate the trip.
We arrived on a Thursday afternoon at Malaga airport. I had booked coach tickets to Granada with Alsa coaches:
There was a bit of a wait between the flight landing and the coach arriving, we sat down and had something to eat and drink in the airport. The coach took about 2.5 hours to arrive at Granada bus station, and from there it was about 10 euros by taxi to the hotel. We stayed for two nights at the NH Collection Victoria hotel:
This is a really nice hotel and very reasonably priced for its good location. We had a look around at some shops that evening (open til late!) and found a street that had a number of restaurants. We decided to try the set menu at Nuevo Restaurant:
I wasn’t too impressed with this place. It looks nice, but it didn’t feel very authentic, the service wasn’t great, and the food wasn’t really great. My mum was happy though! She enjoyed her fish and the restaurant, I think I expected something that in my mind is more ‘Spanish’. At least it wasn’t an expensive disappointing meal!
We pottered around locally in the morning, past the shops and around the cathedral. There were a lot of market style shops and we had lunch at a Spanish restaurant with Moroccan staff.
I had booked tickets in advance for the Alhambra on Friday, as I heard it is often fully booked:
There is a morning (8h30 – 14h) and afternoon option (14h – 18h), I booked the afternoon option and selected a time to visit the Nasrid Palace. It came to 15.40 euros per person. The hotel had directed us to take a bus to the Alhambra which cost less than two euros. This is definitely advisable – it’s quite a long and steep journey upwards, I would have no idea which way to go on foot. Also, the local bus is much cheaper than the ‘tourist’ bus.
We were able to pick up the tickets from the main ticket office, and they wouldn’t let us enter until 2pm as we arrived a bit early. Once we did get in, it was beautiful. Very grand, spacious and well kept. There was so much to see! And there is a lot of walking – through gardens, buildings and on stairs!