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Spain's Top Attraction - Alhambra Palace

Updated on August 29, 2013
Alhambra Palace - Spain's Number One Attraction
Alhambra Palace - Spain's Number One Attraction

The Alhambra of Granada

Less than an hours drive from Costa Tropical in Andalusia you will find Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in the city of Granada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.This is Spain's number one attraction, and actually one of the worlds most popular attractions.

The Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Gardens is a UNESCO World heritage site. Furthermore it is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain.

With the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains in the back the Alhambra Palace is an exquisite vision of gorgeous buildings decorated with mosaics and separated by peaceful water arrangement and walkways.

This is a must if you ever set foot on Spanish soil!

Find Your Way to Alhambra of Granada

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Alhambra y Generalife, Calle Real, S/N, 18009 Granada, Spain
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Alhambra Royal Palace

Alhambra Royal Palace

Alhambra's interior is a plethora of decoration. Ceilings, walls and floors are decorated with sophisticated geometric patterns - skillfully executed in marble, glazed tiles and alabaster.

Three sections make up the the Royal Palace.

  1. The first part is the Mexuar where business, government and the palace administration took place. This section includes the Oratory and the Golden Room.
  2. The second section is called the Serrallo. This is where the sultans held court and entertained their ambassadors. The Court of the Myrtles is placed in the heart of the Serrallo. It is said that the tiles used here are some of the finest in the Alhambra. The Serrallo is furthermore home to the Hall of the Ambassadors, which has a spectacular carved throne and a domed cedar-wood ceiling.
  3. The third and last section of the Palace is the Harem. In previous time the harem was entered only by the sultan, his wives and concubines, young children and eunuchs. At the heart of the harem lies the famous courtyard “Court of the Lions”. It is named after the 12 lions, thought to represent the months or signs of the zodiac, which support the fountain at the center.

Alhambra Fortress

The Alcazaba

The original fortress of Alhambra is known as the Alcazaba. From the watchtower you have a stunning panoramic view of the city of Granada. Another view is the Royal Baths where the female beauties from the Sultans harem relaxed by the pools.

Generalife Gardens

Alhambra Generalife Gardens

How can you describe something that is beyond words? The video from the Generalife Gardens below, by Eduardo Paniagua,  is called "Cancion del Agua" in Spanish - meaning "Water Lyrics", and that is probably the closest I can think of...using words.

The Generalife Gardens is more a state of mind. It's a fusion of water sounds, floral scents, beautiful visions and inner balance, and I guess that is why the Gardens are said to have been inspired by the Koranic description of Paradise.

Water Lyrics

The Best Way To Visit Alhambra

The best way to visit depends on where you are staying and how you would like to experience "The Red Castle of Granada".

If you are driving yourself scroll up to the Google map at the top, and get directions.

If you would rather book a guided tour in English from either the city of Granada or from the coast - please follow the links below.

If you book from Granada you can explore the Alhambra at your own pace with an excellent GPS Audio Guide.

Whatever way you choose to experience the “eighth wonder of the world”: Book in advance! There is only a limited amount of tickets per day.



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      Dorte Holm Jensen 2 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We were there in the Alhambra last year and it was magnificent. You are right about booking tickets early.

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 2 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      After I read your Hub "I don't want to be a Drug Addict Anymore", I believe you can do anything you decide to do, so you might even make it to Alhambra one day - and if you do; ENJOY!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow! I wanna go!

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 3 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      I know exactly what you mean, Valene. Alhambra is amazing! I have a soft spot for the gardens.

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      Valene 3 years ago from Missouri

      I've been to the Alhambra 3 times and it never ceases to blow my mind.

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 7 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thanks stephhicks68! With the energy radiating on your profile page - which I have just visited (I'm impressed) I am sure you will go to Spain some day...or anywhere else you set your mind to.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Beautiful coverage of a world heritage site! Never been to Spain, although we've traveled a lot of Western Europe. I'm dying to go!

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 7 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Glad you enjoyed it SimoneSmith. Alhambra is amazing!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      No wonder this is the most popular attraction in Spain! What a fascinating place. I'm more partial to Rococo designs myself, but this Moorish architecture seems pretty impressive... I'd love to see it in person someday. Thanks for writing this hub- I'd not know about Alhambra Palace had you not written this!