The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

We really enjoyed traveling around Southern Spain and one of the highlights of our trip was staying a couple of days in Granada and visiting the Alhambra fortress and palace. Before traveling to Spain, we weren’t aware of how much of influence the Moors had on the region. The Alhambra is a magnificent example of Moorish architecture and the colorful details are amazing.


Open Courtyard


Garden in Alhambra


View from the Fortress Walls


Looking out from the Palace

In the late 15th century Ferdinand and Isabella used the Alhambra as their royal court. During that period, there were some changes to reflect the Renaissance tastes of the time. What is amazing is that they found the original beauty of the Islamic palace so beautiful that they didn’t destroy most of the existing structures, but just augmented it. The gardens that were added are still absolutely breathtaking and you could literally spend the entire day just walking around them.


One of the Many Gardens


Beautiful Garden


View of One of the Gardens


Another Courtyard

One of the most interesting features of the Alhambra is its use of water and the unique delivery system. Water is brought from an aqueduct and then runs down, even along the stairs, to feed the various fountains and ponds on the palace and fortress grounds. We enjoyed all of the fountains, but the Court of the Lions, with its fountain surrounded by stone lions is one of the most interesting.


Another Fountain in Alhambra


Water Coming Down One of the Chutes of the Aqueducts in Alhambra


Lion Fountain


Looking over the Complex

You will definitely need a full day to see everything that the Alhambra has to view. There is the palace itself with its stunning mosaic walls and the fortress walls with the spectacular views of Granada. No matter what time of year that you visit the Alhambra, you will want to purchase your tickets weeks in advance or you won’t be able to get them. In order to maximize our time in the Alhambra, we ate lunch at the Hotel America that is actually located on the grounds of the Alhambra. The food and atmosphere was amazing and was well worth the somewhat higher prices.


Enjoying Lunch


Restaurant Courtyard


Looking Up at the Outside of the Alhambra


Moorish Architecture

No visit to Granada would be complete without a visit to the Alhambra. Washington Irving made this palace and fortress famous in his book Tales of the Alhambra and it is definitely deserving of the notoriety. The history of the Alhambra is so fascinating that we definitely recommend getting a book on it as there are so many interesting facts to learn about the wonderful place. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely worthy of the honor.


View of One of the Towers at Alhambra


Looking out over Granada


Fortress Walls


Walking the Fortress Walls

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14 Responses to The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

  1. I absolutely love Granada! Love your photographs 🙂

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  2. Granada is one of my favourite cities in my country of choice 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. Beautiful photography… lovely pictures

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  4. I am envious, have always wanted to go. Thank you for taking me there vicariously.

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  5. Two years ago I was in Spain but did not have the time to visit Granada Alhambra. Thank you for bringing me to this beautiful place through your post.

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  6. It looks lovely! So special when original structures are still around to admire.

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  7. Simone says:

    I visited Granada two years ago. Wonderful!!!!

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  8. inalskua says:

    I have recovered in my memory those days that I have passed in Granada! Beautiful photoes!

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