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Mirador de San Nicolas

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Mirador de San Nicolas

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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Save valuable vacation time with skip-the-line entry to the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada. One of Spain’s must-see attractions, this popular site often has very large crowds. Breeze past the entry lines and tour the sprawling complex in just half a day, and hear commentary about the history of this grand fortress and royal palace.
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan. 2021
United Kingdom3,603 contributions2,621 helpful votes
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This was a highlight of our trip. Watching the sunset from the viewing wall is just magical. You look directly across to the Alhambra and the sweeping view also takes in Rio Darro and the Sierra Nevada mountains. We walked up once in the morning and returned another day to watch the sunset. You can catch a C31 bus or taxi but half the fun is walking up through narrow, cobbled streets and white-washed houses. It is uphill all the way. It is a steep but steady climb and you are mostly walking on stepped streets made of river stones which means that it’s not at all slippery, although you will need comfortable walking shoes for the stones. You can’t rely on signs as there are not many, making it a little tricky to find your way. If you are going for sunset, make sure to go early as it is very crowded at this time. There is more than one path up but we used the following, route which took about 20 minutes: GETTING THERE: i) Starting from Plaza Nueva, we walked down Calle Elvira ii) turn right at Calle Caldereria Nueva to start the uphill climb past aromatic tea houses and colourful shops and past the tiny but beautiful, Church of San Gregorio. iii) From San Gregorio’s, stick to the left of the church and keep walking uphill, iv) Look out for a colourful Arabic styled house with a giant palm tree, called La Media Luna (see photo) and keep heading up until you get to a T section. v) In front of you is a gateway with a silhouette of a black cat painted on either side of the gate (see photo). The house looks as if it is under renovation so maybe the cats may not be there for much longer but you can also look out for a blue and white tile high up on the white wall opposite, with the sign ‘Alijibe del Gato’. It definitely looks more permanent. Turn right here. vi) Next there is a left turn and a right turn pretty close together (turn left into Cuesta de la Miel and then right into Camino de San Nicolas). vii) You have made it when you arrive at the base of long, high wall. Opposite the wall you will see a lot of parked cars and a restaurant called ‘El Balcon’. Keep an eye out because this because it is surprisingly easy to walk right on past it. viii) head up the set of stairs beside the wall which will take you to the top of the wall lookout point.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Vadim wrote a review Nov. 2020
Murmansk, Russia19,775 contributions2,481 helpful votes
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Mirador is named after the Church of San Nicolas, which was built after the conquest of Granada in 1492 on the site of the Arab fortress of Kadima. The fortress was built in turn on the site of the ruins of the Roman settlement of Iliberis. Tourists climb to the top of the hill on Mirador San Nicolas to close the Gestalt and see exactly the classic view of the Alhambra that they have seen in travel guides, Instagram, etc.there is simply no Better point to capture the pearl of Granada. In summer, it is not crowded, in other seasons it is freer. We were not lazy and came here twice in the afternoon and in the evening. The fountain on the square will allow you to get drunk in the heat, and in the evening you can sit in a restaurant. And, of course, take a photo. Unfortunately, I didn't take a tripod and had to place the camera on the parapet to take night shots..
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Aurélia S wrote a review Oct. 2020
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The mirador is aptly named. People go there to admire the view of course but you can also enjoy a guitar tune and the songs that escape from it !
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Date of experience: October 2020
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MeMbro wrote a review Oct. 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom638 contributions103 helpful votes
Yes it can get very crowded especially at sunset but this remains an obligatory stop in Grenada to get some amazing views of the Alahmbra.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Alex G wrote a review Sep. 2020
Tiana, Spain131 contributions14 helpful votes
This place has some very good views of the city and especially of the Alhambra. There are also quite a lot of bars and restaurants. Only thing is that it can get very crowded, to avoid this try to come early in the morning.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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