The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

When travelling in southern Spain there is one site that likely everyone is aiming for, the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex dating originally to the mid 14th century and constructed by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus. The fortress occupies the top of the hill of the Assabica in the city of Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Visit the Alhambra gallery

The site is an interesting mix of Islamic architecture combined with 16th-century and later Christian buildings and gardens. Almost forgotten and heavily vandalized, restoration was finally started in the early 1800’s. These restorations are ongoing to this day.

While most people visit the Alhambra for only a few hours to truly appreciate and enjoy the setting requires at least a day, preferably more if you have the time. I only managed to spend about 4 hours wandering the large complex and this wasn’t nearly enough!

The Alhambra at night, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

The Alhambra at night, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Patio de Comares, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Patio de Comares, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Patio de la Acequia - Generalife, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Patio de la Acequia - Generalife, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Roof of the Abencerrajes Hall, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Roof of the Abencerrajes Hall, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

The view of Granada from the Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

The view of Granada from the Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

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