Alhambra

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Alhambra, a breathtaking place.Much has been written about the fortress,palaces and gardens but nothing prepares you for seeing the real thing.The founder of the Nasrite dynasty, Muhammed Al Ahamar established his residence within the defences afforded by Al Sabika castle, located on one of Granada's hills. By its side grew a aristocratic and administrative city know as Alhambra. ( the red ) This was the beginning of its greatest splendour. The greater parts of the buildings, as they survive today, date essentially from the reigns of Abul Hachaf Yusuf and his son Mohammed  1333-1391. Later the fortress was conquered by Catholic Monarchs and a lot of the fortress was re-decorated.The Palace Nazaries, built for Granada's Muslim rulers in their 13th to 15th century reign is the centrpiece of the Alhambra. The beauty of its patios and intricacy of its stuccoes and woodwork are stunning.The Palace Gardens are huge and very relaxing to meander through. All is beautifully cared for and maintained.
Rick and I caught the bus into Granada and walked up the way a little and caught another bus to the Alhambra. All this only took an hour or so but by then the place was pretty well filled with tourists. Such a popular spot. We booked our ticket in at the caravan park and got a senior discount, however when it came to pick up the ticket at Alhambra we were quickly informed that senior discounts only apply to residents of the EU. Not fair and total discrimination I felt. This has been the first place where this applied to, so we have not done too bad so far. We had to pay an extra 4 euros each, which we did. This ticket entitled us to enter any building and all of the gardens. You realy need more than one day to see it all but I can tell you we gave it a bloody good try. Fatique won the battle in the end, so we hopped back on the bus to take us into Granada and bought a drink before we caught the bus back to the caravan park.
Sadly we will be moving on again tomorrow, this has been a lovely visit here and if you ever come this far down do not miss Granada and the Sierrs Nevada mountains and valley.
We had a very interesting day today, exhausted but feeling good.
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