Spain

The Alhambra

The Alhambra as it’s known today is an Islamic palace that held court for the Nasrid dynasty and later occupied by the Catholic monarchs during their re-conquest of Granada.  When I lived in Granada 12 years ago, I went to the Alhambra 4 times and every time, I was mesmerized by the Islamic architecture, the geometry, the mosaic tiles, and the Generalife gardens.  During my most recent trip (read here), I knew I had to go back.  I’ve been to a lot of palaces in my life but none of them are like the Alhambra.  It looks medieval from the outside.  It’s not like a French château where you picture a princess living in it.  Inside, there are thousands of arabesque ceilings and walls; you have to go up close to see the detail.  Each room leads into another room and they were all used for a purpose by the royal family.   My description is not doing it any justice so you just have to go and experience it for yourself.  During the Summer months, it gets very busy so I bought tour tickets which were 30 Euros and went with a guided tour.  You don’t have to worry about waiting in the long line and you get to cut to the front and get in.  The guided tour was also great because you learn things about each room which you might miss out on if you just walked around by yourself.  If you can’t get to Granada anytime soon, please enjoy the slide show.