Traveling around Spain and only having one day left, we decided to see Granada.
Granada is a great city, full of medieval spirit and a relatively young crowd. After admiring the cathedral and all the lovely architecture we took a stroll up to the Alhambra.
Arriving at the top of the hill, we entered the castle grounds by what seemed to us to be the most obvious entry to the castle. Soon enough we found out that most people on the grounds were ticket holders, who had come in through the main entrance. These tickets allow entry to the gardens, the old fortress and some other nice places on the grounds. So we decided to go look for the ticket office, which to our dismay lay even higher up than the entrance we had arrived at.
The clerk at the ticket desk was ever so helpful. Just a shame that we had not booked our tickets in advance!!! No way were we leaving without having seen the place, and my mate had an idea.
After another quick chat with the clerk, he came back with a big grin and lay out the plan in front of me. The tickets were limited due to the fact that each ticket allows an allocated time to enter some fancy chamber in the Alhambra. But all the other areas are with no time limit. You can go in and out until they close if you have valid tickets for the day. And look over there, those two tourists; they surely won't be needing those tickets anymore…
Celebrating our luck with another cigarette we overheard an Indian family, who had driven seven hours to be told to go back home again. We couldn't bare the thought of enjoying our luck alone and soon enough made friends with the family, explained to them the ingenious plan and found another tourist family leaving for home after a long day. We were two tickets short, but armed with the ones we had, we entered the castle again from the side entrance, worked our way to the gardens, went ahead with half the family while my mate returned to smuggle in the rest of the family.
The father was so chuffed to be in the palace that he invited us to dinner the same evening. So thanks to the fact that the ticket office was not selling tickets anymore we got in for free and a dinner on top of that.