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Pre purchase tickets to these attractions or buy at the gate?

Traveling to Spain the second half of September this year and am wondering if I need to purchase online tickets for these attractions or just buy at the gate. I don't want to wait in long lines or miss out on tickets altogether. Prefer to buy while there so we are not on a strict timetable. We have bought our Alhambra tickets already as well as Alcazar in Seville. What about these?
Cordoba Mezquita
Cordoba Alcazar
Granada Mosque
Granada Royal Chapel
Granada Cathedral
Toledo Al Greco Museum
Toledo Cathedral
I also plan to pre book tickets online to Prado and Sofia Museums in Madrid.

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Chiming in on what I know: the Royal Chapel and Cathedral in Granada can easily be bought on sight. That’s what we did last Wednesday.

Unsolicited advice: the cathedral itself is nothing special. A short walk away, the Basilica of San Juan de Dios is AMAZING!

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This is really a personal preference question. The main tourist season is over by mid-September and crowds will be lighter. Our last two trips in 2011 and 2014 to Andalucía were in early September and mid-October. Other than the Alhambra we didn’t pre book anything for the very reason you mentioned. We had no problem getting in anyplace and there were no lines. We haven’t visited the Toledo cathedral or the Greco museum in decades, so can’t speak to them. I agree with Scudder about the Granada cathedral. Both my wife and I were underwhelmed by it, but others like it.

If you’re not huge art museum fans, consider visiting the two Madrid museums during their free hours. In June, we arrived at the Prado about 40 minutes before the free admission entrance time and we’re in the museum shortly after it opened. A couple hours for us was plenty to see the artists we cared about.

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When we were in Cordoba in January, it was a requirement (covid-instigated) to prepurchase Mezquita tickets online prior to our visit. I don’t know about availability; I doubt you’d have to buy them well in advance, though.

Everything else on your list should be fine to walk up and purchase.

Just to prove that everyone likes different things, I love the cathedral in Granada. It has undergone some extensive modifications over the years and has a very different feel from most other cathedrals in Spain. It’s definitely with a visit, in my opinion.

And I totally agree with Scudder — the Basilica of San Juan de los Reyes is amazing!! Definitely plan to go. Just drop in; we were the only ones there when we went.