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  Distant view with upper pool in foreground
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  • Distant view with upper pool in foreground - Andalucía
      Distant view with upper pool in foreground
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  • Impressive structure with beautiful palm trees - Andalucía
      Impressive structure with beautiful palm trees
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      I liked the main reflective pool
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  • View through a portal in the tower above the pool - Andalucía
      View through a portal in the tower above the pool
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After walking through several other interesting parts of the royal living quarters, we came to the Palacio del Partal. It was particularly impressive because this building is slightly separated from the remainder of the Alhambra and you can get a good look at it from a distance, especially from its upper terrace as seen in this view. The majestic palm trees, beautiful landscaping and a mirror smooth pool perfectly reflecting the Moorish arches behind made this my favourite spot so far in our tour of the Alhambra!

Built in the period 1302-1309, this palace is one of the oldest in the Alhambra and, in typical style, has the requisite number of decorative arches as well as the Las Damas viewing tower and a small balcony above. As with most other buildings in the Alhambra, the Palacio del Partal is situated on the edge of the cliff above Granada so, if you get tired of looking at the pool you can always gaze out over the city! After trying to get some decent photos of the pool in the challenging bright sunshine/dark shadows lighting, we climbed the stairs to see for ourselves what the views were like from above (last photo). The early morning tour crowds in late December were not bad at all, so we lingered there for a while enjoying the moment before continuing onward as we left the Alhambra part of our tour.

Directions: Another of many areas in the Alhambra

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2009
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