Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Day 37 The Alhambra Palace

This has been on my list of places to visit for a long time.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its construction started in 1238.  As always my photos can't do justice to the place and the Internet has more info than I can type but this page may give a taste of what to expect.  Firstly the Alhambra gets more visitors than the Sagrada Familiar in Barcelona and they limit the number of visitors per day and often run out of tickets.  If I were to go again I would pre book the tickets on the Internet but if like us you turn up early at 8am to join the queue at the ticket office .... Don't.  Walk to the far end of the entrance pavilion around the corner from the "Guides Only" office to the unsignposted ticket machines....no queue!
The place is huge and has lots of garden area between the buildings
The buildings are all impressive outside
And inside
There are spectacular trees
And spectacular views
And as always folk want me to take their picture
On your ticket you are given a time to visit the Nasrid Palaces and these are the most popular sections so it is a good system to reduce the crowds.  They contain fountains
And the most amazing carved plasterwork
And ornate ceilings
We had a great time and I can recommend the American Hotel as a refuge from the crowds and a rest for the eyes.
Then on into the gardens
And water palaces
You need a good 5 hours to get around and then half an hour to walk into Granada for lunch
Oh and a glass of wine

Or two😀🍷
We met a lovely German couple Bernie and Ruth who have travelled far and wide in their 4x4 camper
Some folk know how to live😀

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