Alhambra Snow Capped Sierra Nevadas Backdrop, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Alhambra and Generalife, Granada

The Alhambra, a palace, a fortress, an architectural masterpiece.  The Alhambra, in Granada, Andalucia, Spain, is truly a sight to behold, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a wonder of the world.  What makes the Alhambra so special…?  Everything.  Every single glorious detail of the Moorish palace and the gardens are spectacular.  If you haven’t heard of or been to the Alhambra before, put it right up there on your travel bucket list as a ‘must see’.

Nastrid Palace, Alhambra, View from Generalife Gardens, Alhambra Gardens, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Originally beginning as a small fortress in AD 889, the Alhambra steadily evolved over time.  The construction of the Palacio Nazaries started in 1333, then came the Palacio de Comares followed by the Patio de Los Leones, a patio which was designed as a vision of paradise…boy does it deliver!  Such an incredible Islamic construction.  The Christians later added the Palacio de Carlos V and eventually by 1829 the Alhambra had been almost abandoned to fall into disrepair, the once magnificent salons had become dungheaps and taverns with many beggars.  The French also briefly ruled and blew up part of the Alhambra!  If you read ‘Tales from the Alhambra” you can gain an insight into the state of disrepair that Washington Irving found the Alhambra; he describes how he would explore the neglected rooms and courtyards.  Now restored and protected the Alhambra became a World Heritage Site in 1984.
Hugely popular today. up to 6600 tickets are sold each day (mostly on-line in advance) with only a third available on the day, which people camp out for! On one occasion we tried arriving with family at 8am and joined the queue.  Tickets for the Palace and gardens soon sold out to the early birds (who had been queuing from 2am) leaving only tickets left for the gardens only.  If you want to see the whole of the Alhambra you MUST book tickets in advance, to enable you to tour the Palace and the Generalife gardens (Children under 12 enter free).  If you do not have a ticket, some general areas of the Alhambra can be accessed for free if you enter through the Puerta de Justica.  As you wander around the palace looking up at the  guilded ceilings, geometric designs, stalactites and star shaped skylights, marvel at this place of reflection, one of Spain’s highlights and subject of many tales and legends.
Before leaving Granada, you must admire the Alhambra from Granada’s Albycyn district.  Follow the signs into the Albycyn district until you find the plaza of St. Nicolas.  This has to be one of the best views of architecture poised in nature you will ever see.  Wow!  A sunset here is considered one of the best in the world (Bill Clinton said so!)  The Alhambra lies on top of a hillside with the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains as a background, Stunning!
Alhambra view from the Albycyn, Alhambra Gardens, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

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13 thoughts on “Alhambra and Generalife, Granada


    (July 11, 2017 - 8:49 am)

    I’m DYING to visit the Andalusia region and see everythiiiing! Especially the Alhamba! #CityTripping – Stumbled!

    Baby Loves Travel

    (July 11, 2017 - 9:36 am)

    This is definitely on my bucket list – good to know kids are free until they are 12! #citytripping

    Christine | The Journey of Christine

    (July 11, 2017 - 4:16 pm)

    I have been dying to go to Spain forever now! And Granada is super high on that list! Great post! #citytripping
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    Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays

    (July 11, 2017 - 6:04 pm)

    Alhambra definitely on my list, great pictures and a top tip about buying tickets in advance #CityTripping
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    Ruth | Tanama Tales

    (July 12, 2017 - 5:31 am)

    This place is fantastic! I can’t believe I have not visited southern Spain yet. But, the day will come (and I will book my tickets online).


    (July 12, 2017 - 9:19 am)

    Lovely photos, I would love to visit the Alhambra one day, thanks for reminding me! #citytripping


    (July 12, 2017 - 11:44 am)

    Definitely adding Alhambra to my travel bucket list! Have seen so many spectacular images of its palaces and gardens – mind-blowing beauty, can’t wait to see it with my own eyes some day 🙂

    Cathy (Mummytravels)

    (July 12, 2017 - 6:18 pm)

    This was on my bucket list for years and when I finally got to go a few years ago, it was as amazing as I’d hoped. Such a beautiful spot, it’s incredible to think it was allowed to fall into disrepair. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
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    Jules (

    (December 1, 2017 - 2:43 pm)

    We will visit in April next year. cannot wait. thanks for the tip about the tickets. I heard that you had to queue up and be lucky, but it is best to buy them online, that is very useful to know. #fearlessfamtrav
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    Corey at fifi + hop

    (December 2, 2017 - 3:56 am)

    The Alhambra is everything. I remember being completely awestruck as a 20 something backpacker. That picture in the tunnel of flowers is beautiful!! #fearlessfamtrav
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    (December 2, 2017 - 4:56 am)

    The Alhambra really is a magical place, love those photos


    (December 3, 2017 - 3:43 pm)

    This is high on mY bucket list. Great kids go free #fearlessfamtrav
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    Alex - My Life Long Holiday

    (December 3, 2017 - 8:34 pm)

    That last picture is absolutely stunning. I remember our visit 10 years ago and I absolutely fell in love with the place, would love to go again. #fearlessFamTrav

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