Granada - La Alhambra

 One of the still standing entrances to the fortress on the way to the city gate.

One of the still standing entrances to the fortress on the way to the city gate.

Granada is a city located in southern Spain, at the base of Sierra Nevada mountain range. Granada has a very Moroccan feel and look because of the architecture that dates back to medieval times, when it was occupied by Moorish royalty. On its hilltop sits the magical Alhambra fortress with its many royal palaces and Generalife gardens.

We drove to Granada from Malaga, and took the scenic route along the ocean. We parked in the La Alhambra parking lot because we had a tour scheduled at 7pm. The tickets sell out about a month ahead, so I highly recommend booking well in advance online.

Pictures from our walk to the city…

 Entering the city of Granada

Entering the city of Granada

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 Not sure if this was an apartment, hotel, or what… but it was pretty!

Not sure if this was an apartment, hotel, or what… but it was pretty!

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 I’m a big fan of the blue flower pots all over Spain and Greece :)

I’m a big fan of the blue flower pots all over Spain and Greece :)

We stopped to eat at La Fuente, and I got the Mediterranean tapas platter. It was really good! Just the right type of meal/snack on a hot Spanish summer day.

 Back through the gate to get to Alhambra for our tour.

Back through the gate to get to Alhambra for our tour.

We started our tour with the Generalife gardens, which I wrote about here. So I will jump to inside of the Palace…

 Ceiling broken from earthquakes.

Ceiling broken from earthquakes.

 Original tiles, everything was originally very colorful.

Original tiles, everything was originally very colorful.

 I couldn’t get enough of the detail!

I couldn’t get enough of the detail!

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These star looking ceilings were SO detailed and amazing!..

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 Original stained glass!

Original stained glass!

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 View from the Palace

View from the Palace

 Group picture with the team.

Group picture with the team.

After our tour we went back to the city to end the day with gelato at the highly recommended Los Italianos…

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Granada is a beautiful city, I could’ve definitely spent more than a day there.

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 Evening view of La Alhambra

Evening view of La Alhambra