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  View of the Alcazaba towers from our hostal patio
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  • View of the Alcazaba towers from our hostal patio - Andalucía
      View of the Alcazaba towers from our hostal patio
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  • Albaicin part of Granada from the Alcazaba - Andalucía
      Albaicin part of Granada from the Alcazaba
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  • More fortifications while waiting for the tour - Andalucía
      More fortifications while waiting for the tour
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After picking up Sue's sister at the Malaga airport, we headed inland for Granada the next morning to begin our 'official' explorations of Andalucia. Prior to leaving for Spain, we had pre-booked our tickets to visit the world-famous Alhambra complex.

As the time for our tour drew near, we and the other tourists waited in the 'Alcazaba' portion of the Alhambra, with its name derived from the Moorish word for a citadel (al-Quasbah). This plateau above Granada has always been a natural defensive position, with various fortifications having been built there since pre-Roman times. This latest version was built by the Moorish Nasrid rulers in about 1232 as the anchor for the remainder of their amazing structures of the Alhambra - and it did its job for 260 years until the end of Moorish rule in Spain in 1492 (the same year Columbus 'discovered' America). This view of the Torre de la Vela, as seen from our hostal, is a constant reminder to Granada visitors that the Alhambra looms above the city.

Our tight morning schedule did not allow us the time to really have a good look at the walls of the Alcazaba or climb its towers, but even standing in its lower levels we had great views out over Granada from this commanding position. The second photo looks down on the old Moorish quarter of the city known as the Albaicin (and its eastern defensive wall snaking across the hillside), an area of the city we explored on foot later in the day. Separate tours of this part of the Alhambra are available but we were just waiting for the doors to the Casas Reales to open for our official guided tour to start.

Directions: The Alhambra complex in downtown Granada

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2009
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