The alluring Alhambra
Of all Spain's many historical monuments, Granada's stunning
Alhambra is surely the most celebrated and iconic. We have devoted
this morning to exploring this fantastic monument, which is
renowned for its commanding appearance and wonderfully intricate
interiors - from its stone carvings to its hand-painted mosaics.
Built in the 14th century, the Alhambra, literally 'the red
castle', is a fortress, palace and small town all rolled into one.
Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the
residence of royalty in the middle of the 13th century and was home
to the last Muslim emirs in Spain. After the conquest of Granada,
it fell into Christian hands and over the next few centuries the
fortress became a citadel. We also explore the breathtaking
Generalife Gardens which cover the whole summit of the hill. Here
the scented herb gardens and cypress groves create a tranquil calm,
in contrast to the bustling city below. We explore the many famous
sub-sections of the Alhambra, including the famous Court of the
Lions, complete with its resplendent fountain held aloft by 12
lions, symbols of strength, power and sovereignty. We also view the
grand Hall of the Abencerrajes, with its beautiful arches and vivid
golds and reds roof design is a perfect example of the 'Honeycomb'
style structure that the Moors have become associated with. Later,
we enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner together at Las Tomasas, in
the Albayzin overlooking the Alhambra.
- Breakfast, Dinner