As far a palaces go, the Alhambra in Spain must be one of the most beautiful in Europe. The fortress, set on a plateau high above the Andalucian city of Granada, was built for Moorish monarchs between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The palace is surrounded by natural beauty and sits against a back drop of the snow capped mountains of Sierra Nevada. The Alhambra, which is now a UNESCO listed World Heritage site, has faced significant challenges throughout its long history – earthquakes, being partially blown up during wars and extensive rebuilding, none of which have diminished its beauty.
Over the centuries the medieval architecture of the Alhambra has influenced many a writer, painter and artist and it is not difficult to see why – there are picturesque terraced gardens, fountains and courtyards to explore and beautiful vistas of the surrounding countryside, however it is the intricate carvings of wood and marble and ornate tile work that are some of the features that make the Alhambra so special.
We suggest setting aside half a day to visit the Alhambra to ensure you have adequate time to relax and take it all in.
For more information including opening times and events visit here. Can’t make it to Spain any time soon? This interesting book is a great resource to learn more about the history of the palace and unlock some of its mysteries and secrets.