ONE of our readers based in Benajarafe had been looking for attractions to take family and visitors to and found it very difficult to obtain tickets. She drew our attention to three specific attractions and wondered whether they were simply ignoring the public and passing tickets directly to tour operators who were then benefiting financially.
The three attractions were El Caminito del Rey, Nerja Caves and the Alhambra Palace, so we decided to check and see what we could find out.
With El Caminito del Rey there are no free spaces at all in September and there was no opportunity to book in October or later.
When an enquiry was sent to their website asking for booking information and whether tour operators received preferential treatment, the answer came back that all tickets were allocated but that at some unknown date in the future, advance booking would be open for October to December and advised us to keep checking their website.
The Nerja Caves experience was much better and we found that free tickets were available for almost any time or date in the second half of September.
The Alhambra booking arrangements are definitely confusing. You can turn up on the day and hope that you can buy tickets at the door for use on that day only for one of the many options and you have to pay cash.
If you try to book online, you have to go through Ticketmaster (as you would for a sporting event or the theatre) and pay a booking fee. They seem to have almost no availability for September. Alternatively you can purchase a tour from a tour operator.
We suspect that for the Alhambra in particular, with so many options that it is easier for them to put the sales through a professional booking agency and as for El Caminito del Rey, they just don´t appear very well organised.