Spain 2014: Alhambra

by | May 12, 2014 | International Travel, Travel

The Alhambra looms large on the Southern Spain tourist route and our mail goal for Thursday. Knowing that crowds can get large we started early to arrive at the gates a little after they opened. A circulator bus is the easiest way to the top (besides a 15 minute walk up hill) so we waited in line at the cathedral stop and managed to squeeze on for the winding ride up the hill. There’s a good reason these busese are so small – the roads driving up are narrow and curvy! At the top of the hill everyone got out, and we made our way to the Generalife gardens first.

Generalife  Generalife

Generalife  Generalife  Generalife

The gardens were magnificent with great views, lots of flowers, and water features in abundance. It was hard to get Eric to leave in time for our timed tickets for the Alhambra Palace itself, which was amazing.

  Wine Gate @ Alhambra  wisteria

We were quite glad they crowd control, as though there are some chokepoints, it would be much less enjoyable with even more people. There are details everywhere you look, from the floor to the ceiling, and it can be quite overwhelming.

carved and tiled   Alhambra

Alhambra  walkway details  Eric in a doorway

Alhambra

peaceful spot

Many, many more photos on our gallery page.

Unsurprisingly, there is interesting people watching at Alhambra too. Next up was the Fortress which had great views over city.

Alhambra watchtower

view from the watchtower

At this point in the day the sun was getting strong so we faded around 2p. We exited through the side of the site and walked downhill, stopping briefly for a small waterfall and continuing the downhill trek back into the city center.

We were getting a little peckish, so we continued through town to Taberna La Tana for a tapas lunch after stopping briefly at a gelato place for Eric.  After lunch we crashed at the hotel for a much needed nap and respite from the sun.

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