The Alhambra of Granada, Spain

The Alhambra of Granada, Spain, is a palatial ensemble and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture (Nasrid period). Al-Hamra, in Arabic, means red, the color that the walls take at sunset. Located on a hill, we find the Moorish palace and the Renaissance palace of Charles V and a church built in the place of a mosque. The Alcazaba (primitive citadel) housed the men of war. The ensemble of the Nasrid palaces is organized in multiple rectangular rooms connected to each other by vestibules arranged around two courtyards: the Patio de los Arrayanes (Myrtle Court) and the Patio de los leones (Court of lions). There are white marble columns with rich filigree ornamentation as well as blue and yellow azulejos. Its gardens, Partal Gardens, are in successive stages separated by stairs and pergolas.

Tips

You will have the best view of Granada from the Alcazaba, fantastic!

Wear comfortable shoes as there is plenty to walk, bring your sunglasses and sun protection.

Ask for tours that pick you up and return you to the hotel every day. It’s worth it because you will be accompanied by a guide who will tell you the rich history of the place.

If you like Arabic handicrafts, you will find shops nearby that will offer you a wide range of items: ottomans, carpets, lamps, frames, teapots, etc.

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