An Arabian nights impression-Alhambra
Even if you may want to ignore the Alhambra, sitting atop a huge hill, looking down on the entire city, it would still intrigue you nonetheless. The Alhambra was meant to be the only attraction we wanted to visit in Granada.
However, we weren't really prepared for the grandeur of it all......
Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is strictly as per the time slot allocated in your ticket, and we were running late as always....but the Spanish are the MOST co-operative people and we were thankfully let in.
The Palacio Nazaries (Nasrid Palaces)
It is advisable to always collect the tickets an hour in advance, as it is a long walk, to get from the main gate to the Nasrid Palace, where you will be advised to start your visit
I've never been much of a history buff myself (except for Egyptian, perhaps 'The Mummy' series deserve credit for that)....but....once I entered the Nasrid Palaces, the first thing that I blurted out loud was 'Wow! these people really went all out and dedicated all the time in the world to invest, in creating a marvel'.And all out they did go, be it the carved wooden ceilings, the intricate glass work, embedded colorful ceramic tiles....the minute detailing, the latticework....this attraction wasn't just an 'attraction', it was a concatenation of cultural events that define the city of Granada.Every resident that once occupied the Alhambra, added to its beauty, making it more magnificent than what it previously was.
The architecture isn't the only focal point though, the lush gardens and the foliage all around, gives it the feel of an oasis, out of a fairy-tale from the Arabian Nights.
There is an abundance of oranges, grapes, blueberries, pomegranates etc. making it pretty self - sustaining and in turn making you wonder if the dwellers ever needed to set foot, outside the fortress, to mingle with the commoners!
Although the Alcazaba falters in comparison to the Nasrid Palaces, it is from here you will get the most panoramic views of Granada.
Although the ticket does provide entrance to the Generalife gardens, we just did not have it in us, to make it all the way there (We had just landed in Granada in the noon, and having a hearty lunch of grilled duck with apricots and squid fritters, does not prepare you for a trek in the noon!)It does say on the ticket, to dedicate about 4 hours for the visit….. 4 hours definitely do no justice, to all that the Alhambra has to offer.And if you're a connoisseur of culture, and are not keen of sprinting around the grounds in the sweltering heat in July, dedicating a whole day, to admire this architectural and structural marvel at peace, is what you should be looking at. We did ensure to soak in the feel and the nitty-gritties of the place to the fullest and click plenty of pictures before we took our leave from the Alhambra, back to the quaint Albayzín......
No surprises here, that this wonder is a UNESCO World Heritage site!
- Once you're sure that you're gonna visit Granada(and in turn the Alhambra) ensure that you book the tickets online from: Ticketmaster
Need more ideas to wander in Granada? Don’t forget to read the article on activities in Granada.
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