La Alhambra is located in Granada, Spain and is a Moorish palace and fortress. The first construction is dated back to 889AD. It is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Europe. Most of our day in the city was spent at La Alhambra because of it’s beauty and history.
Leading up to the actual palace, there are gardens and streets surrounding it. The landscaping is phenomenal.
La Alhambra Architectural Details
Once you are in the palace (which you need a ticket to reserve the date and time to go in), the architecture is like nothing we had ever seen. Ever inch is completely thought out. There are carvings covering the walls, ceilings, and floors. Once you think you have seen the design, the closer one gets- the design is done with more detail.
The pictures do not do the detail justice. There is no artificial lighting or flashes allowed, hence why the pictures are not the best quality nor consistent. Sunshine was flowing in, but was only present half the time that we were in La Alhambra. Some of the detailing reminded me of Morocco, which makes geographical sense!
Generalife Gardens at La Alhambra
Outside the palace, there are extensive gardens named Generalife. It felt as if we were in Alice in Wonderland and waiting to be beheaded by the Queen of Hearts. Exploring the topiaries was well worth the time.
At the end of the Generalife, there was a beautiful view of Granada!
If you find yourself in Granada or in Spain in general- I cannot recommend La Alhambra enough. It is a beautiful, peaceful place that has a rich history. A perfect way to spend the day in Europe.