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En organisant nos vacances à Grenade nous avons cherché à reserver des places pour visiter l'Alhambra mais malheureusement, bien que nous y étant pris plusieurs semaines à l'avance, plus moyen de trouver des places seules. Nous avons donc dû nous rabattre sur une visite guidée et avons opté pour la version privée, choix que nous ne regrettons aucunement, bien au contraire. Cette formule, bien que plus onéreuse et bien plus agréable qu'une visite de groupe, surtout lorsqu'on a la chance d'être accompagné dun guide tel que Marco. Nous avons apprécié son français impeccable, son humour et sa gentillesse. Il a su nous faire partager sa passion pour sa ville et ce site symbolique, en rendant la visite vivante et passionnante grâce à de multiples anecdotes qui donne vie aux pierres et nous immerge plusieurs siècles en arrière. Nous avons eu tout loisir de prendre des photos, poser des questions, ou s'attarder sur tel ou tel détail. En résumé, nous n'avons pas vu passer les 4h de cette visite en compagnie de Marco, que nous recommandons vivement.
Seul petit bémol, nous avons opté pour une visite le matin à 8:30 ce qui doit être le bon choix en plein été, mais à cette période de l'année, la température est assez froide le matin, ce qui était, malheureusement assez inconfortable, pensez donc à vous couvrir.
Excellent - we had a great time with our guide and he was patient as my two kids made friends with the cats and frogs we found on the tour. His English was excellent and the private nature of the tour allowed us to ask lots of questions and see things that the other tours went right by. We were also able to customize it to focus on the special architecture of the area since the tour was not long enough to see everything it's HUGE. A wonderful day and I highly recommend this way of seeing the Alhambra.
We bought a private tour as all other tickets were unavailable. Never was money better spent!
Our young Spanish guide was full of enthusiasm and knowledge. He provided a historical background, full explanations of the cratfsmanship and buildings but more importantly for me he told us about the Nazrid culture recreating a picture of how they were living and ruling in their time. There was less to know after they left as the Alhambra was never lived in again.
The tour did not allow enough time to see all the areas of the palace and gardens and we are determined to make a return visit .We had been uncertain as to whether we could take a rucksack with water and biscuits into the palaces but on arrival discovered that this was permissible. Had we done this we could have revived ourselves at the end of our tour and then spent more time in the General-Life before leaving for refreshments.
Although self guided tours may well fulfil the same need, our guide brought the Alhambra to life and made it so much more than just a building. Our guide managed to steer us round avoiding the crowds and focus our attention on the most intricate, interesting and important parts of the palaces and we felt we were extremely lucky to have found him - thank you very very much Antonio -
it was amazing!.
This tour was without a doubt the highlight of our two week vacation in Spain. Our guide, Blanca, went way beyond our wildest expectations with not only her vast knowledge of the Alhambra but also with her congeniality, patience and eagerness to answer all our questions. We appreciated the leisurely pace we were afforded with a private guide versus the herding of large tour groups that we witnessed. This is one location where a private guide is essential. We cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Thank you Blanca for a wonderful tour.
The Alhambra tour was a beautiful and educational experience. We could have enjoyed the architecture and sights by ourselves, but our tour guide, Igone Arrieta Gomez, made it into an educational event. Igone is a native of Northern Spain, but her English is perfect she is ideal for American or UK tourists. The day of our tour was cold and rainy, but we still enjoyed our 3.5h walk around the Alhambra and the gardens of Generalife. Be sure to wear VERY good shoes that have non-skid soles, since you'll be walking on cobblestone surfaces. If it's cold wear your warmest clothing even if it's heavy. Don't forget a hat. The walk from the Alhambra down to the Plaza Nueva in Granada was all downhill, but very nice and we recommend it. To go from the city Gran Via de Colon up to Alhambra I recommend taking a taxi so that you have the energy to walk all over the Alhambra. This is a tour which I will never regret. Thank you Viator and especially thanks to Igone.
Visiting the Alhambra and Generalife was the highlight of our trip to Spain. Our tour guide, Jaime, was the best. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He clearly loves history and sharing his knowledge with others. He pointed out many things we would have missed on our own or with a larger tour group. His storytelling helped illustrate what life must have been like during that time. Highly recommend Jaime.