Monday, January 23, 2012

The Alhambra: (Granada Part 2)

The Alhambra is hands down one of my favorite historical sites I have been to in Europe thus far. The Alhambra is a huge Moorish palace that dates back to the 14th century and is situated on a hill bordering Granada. We purchased our tickets online in advance for 14 euros, and it was well worth it. This is saying a lot coming from someone who hates paying for museum entry fees!

Our group was split up this day, as our other friends opted for a guided tour in the morning, and we decided to visit in the afternoon. This ended up being a good choice, as our friends apparently hated their tour and were freezing, and we got to explore the Alhambra at our own pace. Since neither of us did our research before hand, we decided to rent an audioguide. It was nice to get some background information on each site, but the guide did leave me with one question: who the hell is Washington Irving? (My question was later answered, thanks to wikipedia... apparently he is some guy who lived at the Alhambra in the 1800's... and we was our "tour guide".)

Who is this dude?!

Without a doubt, the Nasrid Palaces are the highlight of the Alhambra. In order to control the number of people visiting the palaces, you are assigned a time slot to enter them with your ticket. I absolutely love the Islamic tilework and geometric shapes, and the architecture was really impressive. I could probably go on and bore you with details of our visit, but I think the pictures speak for themselves.

The walk leading up to the Alhambra.

Palacio de Carlos V

Caña break... sightseeing sure is hard work. Oh, españa!

Nasrid Palaces.

Amazing ceiling

Detailing of one of the many doorways.

El Mirador de Lindaraja

View of Granada from the Nasrid Palaces

We stopped for a photoshoot that blew our senior pics out of the water!

Traveling is always more fun when you're in good company... especially when your travel buddy enjoys acting as a human radio. We spent the better part of the afternoon belting out Shania Twain songs. Any man of mineeee...


Hope you enjoyed my pictures. Going in, I didn't really know what to expect from the Alhambra, but I had a great time! If you're ever in Granada, I would highly suggest NOT missing out on the Alhambra!

Un beso!



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