Wednesday 9 May 2012

Granada: Alhambra, Albayzín

We started in Granada by catching the bus up to the Albayzín, the medieval Moorish neighbourhood, for some stroller-destroying cobblestones, cute whitewashed alleys (not as good as Córdoba, sorry Granada), and a great view of the Alhambra. We walked around for a bit, got destroyed by the heat, and headed for the Alhambra.

The Alhambra tickets were the only thing we booked in advance for the entire trip - they sell out quickly, and we talked to a number of people who didn't get to see the Nasrid Palace because it was sold out on the day we visited. The history is fascinating, the grounds are beautiful, and the palace itself is pretty spectacular: full of intricate carving, mosaics, and garden courtyards.  We spent 5 hours inside the Alhambra looking at everything, and it was only just enough.

View of the Alhambra from the Mirador San Nicholás in the medieval Moorish Albayzín neighbourhood. Snow covered Sierra Nevada in the background.
Alhambra Alcazaba
Generalife gardens
Inside the Palacios Nazaríes (Nasrid Palace)

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