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Alhambra, Granada, Spain

October 13, 2014

Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the garden

Alhambra was a highlight and centerpiece of our trip to Spain. It is a beautiful Moorish palace with big gardens. Lonely Planet described it as the most brilliant Islamic building in Europe.

Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the view

Our friends planned to visit it during their first trip to Andalusia, but they didn’t foresee how busy it is and you need to book tickets ahead. So thanks to their experience we were smart. We booked tickets weeks before. As they were there before we could skip the queue by using ticket machines, that are closer to the entrance (next to a gift shop). Just remember to take the same card you used to book online, as you will need it.

Alhabra, Granada, Spain

It’s truly magical spot. It’s big enough to wonder around a full day or even two.

Alhabra, Granada, Spain - The Nasrid Palaces

As it is placed on a hill, the views are splendid. A watering system keeps the garden blooming even in Spanish heat and in sprayed water you can spot a rainbow.

Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the view

The Arabic architecture is just awesome. I loved the attention to details, the patterns, there are so many tiny details. It was hard to pick a handful of photographs, every detailed seemed to be worth keeping – the floor, the ceiling, windows, niche, stairs, etc. So excuse me this time with not being too selective, but I hope you enjoy the details.

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

I’ve struggled especially with The Nasrid Palaces. The access it’s restricted and you need to book exact time slot to get in, but once you get in, you can stay as long as you like. Just look:

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the door

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the details

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the details

It is just a marvelous job. Can you imagine putting so much effort into decorating your house?

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain

Even stairs had lovely details.

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the stairs

I just love the Arabic shapes. Those windows were so beautiful.

Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the window

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A trip wouldn’t be complete without meeting a cat. 
Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the catI’m not good with words, but I hope you can make your own using the photos. 
The Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the doorThe Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the detailThe Nasrid Palaces, Alhabra, Granada, Spain - the door

Helpful information

Alhambra official site
Remember to book your tickets ahead, it is really busy and there is only limited number of entrants allowed.
Once you book online you can beat the queues by using tickets machines.  

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6 Comments

  • Reply Becky : : accooohtrements blog October 13, 2014 at 13:53

    gosh it looks absolutely stunning! i’m glad you didn’t whittle your pictures down (i always have that problem!), it’s lovely to be able to see so much of the place.

    alhambra is definitely going on my must-visit list.

    becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

    • Reply Magda October 15, 2014 at 20:51

      Thank you Becky. Yes, that’s definitely worth a visit. You know that I’ve started with over 200 photos ;) So they are quite narrowed down anyway :)

  • Reply mytravelingjoys October 13, 2014 at 17:57

    Wow! Absolutely stunning photos…possibly even prettier than the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Similar architecture, but definitely very different too. Alhambra is definitely on our travel list now! :-)

    • Reply Magda October 13, 2014 at 21:37

      I’m delighted to hear that Joy. I definitely need to go to Instanbul. There are so many places to see and I want to see them all!

  • Reply Rincy October 15, 2014 at 10:50

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! Magda, oh lovely- I am so happy you got this memory for always. (that image of the steps is perfect to me)

    • Reply Magda October 15, 2014 at 20:50

      Rincy as always you are so sweet! And you always pick up the most unexpected photos as your favourites :)

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