We walked up to the old historic center of town and had tapas and wine for lunch, then caught a bus up to the Alhambra. Our visit started with the gardens, in an area called the "Generalife".
The word used for the area "Generalife" comes from the Muslim Jennar al Arifor or Garden of the Architect. As you can see it was an overcast day when we started and it did start to rain just after we arrived. The gardens were lovely all the same.
There is also a large building, the Palace of Charles V, that has a rotunda inside and a large chapel on site to explore.
|Heading into the fortress, Alcazaba|
|Not at the top yet|
|At the top|
|Looking back down over the Alcazaba|
|Palace of Charles V|
|Inside the palace|
|Chapel inside the Alhambra|
After we finished touring the grounds, we still had some time to go before the timed entrance to the Nasrid Palace. We found a small hotel, called the American Hotel, that also had a very small restaurant and had some dinner. The restaurant was at the front of the hotel and so the waiter didn't have to go down the hall past the reception desk, there was a small hatch in the wall of the dining room connected to the kitchen. He just passed the orders to the kitchen that way and they would ring a bell when there was an order ready.
After eating we walked back the palace entrance area and waited for our time to enter. The Nasrid palaces only have limited tickets available and some people at my workshop were disappointed not to be able to get tickets; they still were able to get entrance tickets to see all of the other areas. We occupied ourselves while waiting watching the cats.
The palace was pretty amazing. The tile work and the carved stone work must have taken a huge amount of time and labour.
You are asked not to touch anything, I put my had on a plain column and was even asked to remove my hand from that. They did have replicas of stone work and tile work that you could touch.
|Yes, we could sit in the chair.|
|View of Granada|
|Some Christian paintings on the ceiling|
Everywhere you looked there was something to see, it was really impossible to take it all in. I can hardly imagine what it would have been like to have been someone of wealth who had lived there during the reign of the Nasrid dynasty.
After leaving the inside of palace, there are more royal garden areas to walk though with fountains, waterfalls and ponds.
It was a long day but certainly one that was well worth it and that I will remember for quite some time. The pictures just don't do it justice. If you get a chance, you should visit.