We had a pretty dull drive to get here, through a not-particularly-attractive part of Spain, and a terrible night in Seville. All to see the Alhambra, one of the few things on my list of things to see on this trip. The question is, was it worth it?

Of course it was. What a silly question! With the backdrop of the wonderful snow-capped Sierra Nevada and sweeping views of the city of Granada, the setting couldn’t be more impressive. What I hadn’t realised was how enormous the Alhambra complex is – several palaces, the military quarter, acres of gardens, towers, convents & churches. We were there for nearly 5 hours, wandering around with jaws dropped and it wasn’t enough time to see it all. There were more people than we have seen in our whole trip, but the crowds weren’t as big as we had dreaded and it was easy enough to lose them, especially as most people seemed to be there with a tour group and were being whisked through – we just slowed down and let them pass.

As I am sure you can imagine in such a place, there were lots of photo opportunities – you might want to grab a cup of tea.

We had spent some time pondering how to get to the Alhambra from the campsite – although it is only a few kms away, it would be a 1 hour bus ride each way. As we are limited in the time we can leave Uller in the van, we didn’t want to spend 2 hours of that time travelling, so decided that taxis were probably the way to go. The guy at campsite reception suggested that we drive there in one of the vans and use the coach carpark, so we all bundled in Aussie Dad’s van and off we went. It meant we could check on Uller a couple of times and although the parking cost €15, that was much cheaper than the taxis would have been. The best bit was getting to the end of the day and not having a 1 hour journey back on the bus!


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7 thoughts on “Alhambra

  1. Big Little Bro

    Wow! That should suffice. Love Big Little Bro

  2. Once again, I saw all the same stuff that D saw but somehow I haven’t quite captured the artistry of it all. If you have seen “Daytime, Night-time” you will understand “D’s photos, Dad’s photo”. But how artistic were the people who built this place. Despite decades or more of theft and vandalism, Alhambra has survived and must have been phenomenal when it was in use. Modern renovation and conservation is clever and sympathetic and the way the visiting crowds are managed is efficient without being overbearing. Altogether, absolutely unforgettable. This morning is a bit chilly and being able to see snow in the distance somehow makes the chill feel worse.

  3. English Mum

    So pleased it was worth all the hassle. It looks wonderful.

  4. lvmx

    Your photos are better than mine……. I looked at mine[ before digital ] last night so am happy to see yours today as a reminder. I knew it would be worth it. ….. what a view.

  5. Basil

    Wow one minute pottering around on the Atlantic coast the next you are on the other side of the country, with the Mediterranean in sight

  6. uncle peter

    the best bit of the Alahambra is the gypsy quarter alongside,up the hill,where one can drink and avoid bad flamenco,without having to traipse around more historic buildings.Mind you,this was shurely the pinnacle of Arab civilsation
    May I please recommend you go back to Seville for the April fair, 24-29 .The whole city dresses up, it is full of gorgeous smoldering women and steaming hot food

  7. Basil

    So after the mince pies will S be demonstrating hot cross buns?

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