The Alhambra Palace (Day 37)
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 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 un-signposted ticket machines... no queue!
The place is huge and has lots of garden area between the buildings. The buildings are impressive outside and inside too. Absolutely spectacular views, and as always some 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, lakes 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.
We then ventured on to 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, 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!