Classic Andalucía: La Alhambra, Granada

The Alhambra from Plaza San NicolasView of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Albayzin of Granada.

The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site is a palace and fortress complex located in the classical Andalucían city of Granada, Spain.   It was originally constructed as a fortress in the year 889 and later converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.

La Alhambra’s Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and its court of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications.

After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra* was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travellers, when restorations commenced.

It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Arab-Islamic architecture.

La AlhambraThe Palace of Charles V – within the Alhambra, as viewed from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Albayzin of Granada.

The Alhambra viewed from Mirador Plaza San NicolasView of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Albayzin of Granada.

My final three shots were taken on Monday afternoon as we were having lunch in one of the wisteria-covered restaurants in Paseo de los Tristes.   Perched above the Rio Darro at the end of Carrera del Darro, this plaza was once one of the busiest gathering spots in Granada, positioned along a curve of the river between the Alhambra and the Albayzin.  These days, Paseo de los Tristes is a popular place to eat, with restaurants lining the north side of the square and magnificent views of the Alhambra soaring above. 

Alhambra from Paseo de Los TristasView of the Alhambra from the Paseo de Los Tristes, Granada.

La Alhambra through wisteriaView of the Alhambra through the Wisteria, from the Paseo de Los Tristes, Granada.

Alhambra through a wine glassView of La Alhambra viewed through my particularly delicious glass of Rioja, as I was having lunch – CHEERS!

* Information about the Alhambra retrieved from Wikipedia

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Entrance to the Mediterranean Sea

The Rock of Gibraltar, one of the Pillars of Hercules in Greek mythology, has a strategic location on the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, with Europe to the north and the continent of Africa to the south.

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