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Alhambra, Granada: 218 reviews and 443 photos
The Alhambra is the most visited site in Spain and a visit to Granada without seeing it is, well, incomprehensible! It's like a step back in time if you let your imagination play, you can visualize the harem girls, the smell of spices, the haughty rulers reclined on cushions....
The name Alhambra comes from the Arabic for "Red Castle". The original purpose of this complex, set high on top a hill overlooking the Darro River, was as a fortress, later turned into a lavish palace by the Moors. Even though the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabel, captured the Alhambra from the Moors in the Reconquista in the late 1400s, they hired a Muslim to restore the decoration of the Nasrid Palace so that visitors can still see it today as it was.
Parts of the Alhambra are open and free to all visitors but there are three sections that can be visited only with a ticket, the summer palace and gardens known as Generalife, the Alcazaba (fortress) and the Nasrid Palace which you are given a strict 1/2 hour time slot in which to enter. I'd HIGHLY recommend that you purchase your tickets well in advance of your visit.
Follow along with my tips as I take you on a journey through the Alhambra.....
Address: Calle Real s/n
Directions: Tel. bookings: BBV bank : 902 224 460 from Spain or through web site
Phone: 902 441 221
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