The Palace Alhambra is a highlight of sightseeing in Granada. It’s designated as a Unesco world heritage and it’s said that the palace is a masterpiece of Islamic architectures. Some people might wonder why there is a islamic architecture here in Spain.
Ok! let me explain a little about the history of Granada. Spain were occupied by an Islamic country for around eight centuries and the palace of Alhambra, military facilities and so on was built back then. We can see those heritages which still remain there. To summarize, It’s never-miss-spot to know the Islamic culture of that time. There is a bus stop for Alhambra in Plaza de Isabel la Católica. There is a statue of Isabel, who was a queen of Spain and Columbus before the bus stop . It’s one of landmarks of Granada.
These statue represent a famous scene where Columbus is begging Isabel to assist him with money for his journey to discover the new continent. As a result , he discovered the American continent. Exactly, it’s also important statue in history not only of Spain, but also of the world.
Anyway, I took a bus. It takes about 5 minutes to go to the Palace by bus and 10 minutes on foot. When I arrived there, some people were making a queue in front of the entrance. Lately, more and more people are visiting Alhambra. I knew that how popular this palace is in Granada from these people. The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain.
Mainly, the palace consists of three parts. The royal palace, Alcazaba where the military facility is, Generalife which is the summer palace and The Nasrid Palaces, the winter palaces. The place was larger than I expected! It might take half a day if you want to take your time to look around. In my case, as I looked around fast, because I wanted to visit the other places on the same day after this, I managed to look around in an about three hours. But it’s a little hard working….So I want to recommend you taking half a day only for the palace. It’s worth it!! I started walking around following the other people.
At first, I walked a garden which is a villa of a king named Generalife. Many trees and flowers were planted there. It brought me peaceful mind. The people of that time might heal their soul in this garden. The love of nature is same in spite of the place we live and the era we’d lived.
Later, I looked around Alcazaba which is consist of some towers. It’s millitary fortress and it’s built to protect the palace back then.
Above all, the tower of Vella was famous which is the highest one of all. From the top, I could see magnificent town view of Albayzin.
The white houses which represent medieval European style.
Nevada mountains which is situated behind it .
It matched perfectly and picturesque with perfect blue sky in the background, exactly! Nobody can help taking the breath away here.
Then, I entered the royal palace. As might be expected of a masterpiece of Islamic architecture, it’s designed with the elaborate Islamic pattern from the wall to the ceiling. The delicate beauty is eye -catching! While I saw these art, I was impressed with the one by one.
After I finished walking around the palace, I met the host Jesus and took a rest in the cafe of the street Reyes Catholicos. It’s a main street of Granada and many restaurants and cafes line up here. So it’s good choice if you are tired of walking and want to take a rest. Also as there are many souvenir shops and brand shops, you might wanna enjoy window-shopping! After I recharged my body which was exhausted, I started exploring Granada again.
Next destination was the district of Albayzin which is the oldest in Granada and also a world heritage along with the Alhambra palace and the hill of Sacra monte which is situated in Albayzin and the gypsies had lived in the cave of this district back then.
There is a observatory named San Nicolas in Sacra monte and I could see the town view of town view of Albayzin and the Alhambra palace there. The palace from the long distance was much impressive and I could see almost all of palaces I’ve visited earlier. Many people was taking their time happily seeing the beautiful scenery. Definitely, I wasn’t an exception either!! Then, we started walking in the street.
The cute white houses line up in the street and it attracted me while walking there. There are many nice bars and cafes here. So you can enjoy drinking while seeing the white scenery. It must be unforgettable memory. Of course, just walking is enough to enjoy this area.