Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain – What’s Inside?

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

If you’ve been to Granada, Alhambra and Generalife will not be foreign to you.

Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada.

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

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What’s inside the Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain?

To the east of the Alhambra fortress and residence is the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Generalife was built between the 12th and 14th century to be the recreation area for the Kings of Granada.

Flowers Blooms Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Of all the gardens I’ve visited around Europe, this expansive gardens at Alhambra has got to be my favourite one of all. Especially so when come springtime, the flowers are an explosion of colours.

The gardens are so intricately groomed that almost every spot was picturesque.

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

We were amazed to see orange trees with so many blossoming oranges at Alhambra. It is so commonly found around Granada. We wondered why nobody plucks them for consumption. To satisfy our curiosity, WL and I decided to experiment it on ourselves. Only then did we know why the locals don’t steal those oranges – they are SOUR. :/

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Watching the expert very delicately carving designs out of thin strips of wood.

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Whitewashed houses under brown-tiled roofs dotted with brown-black windows are a common theme across the Albaycín district of Granada. It is this beauty, along with the small streets of the old Moorish town, that has Granada captivating me.

The residential district of the Albaycín is a rich blend of Moorish vernacular architecture, with traditional Andalusian architecture blending harmoniously in.

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain

Those who come to Granada will not miss Alhambra. There are long queues every single morning just to get into this attraction with tickets online almost always sold out. Don’t bother going to get tickets at Alhambra pass 10am. It would have been sold out by then.

There are 2 ways to get hold of the tickets:

  1. Book months in advance on their website. 1 month in advance to be safe.

  2. Wake up at 5am to queue at the ticket office when it opens at 8am. Even before daybreak, tens of people are already in queue at the Alhambra. Stay warm with a cup of coffee, and a book to camp at the ticket office.

General admission (Alhambra + Gardens): 15,40 €
Gardens only: 6,00 €
Children under 12 years old and disabled: free.
Over 65 years: 7,00 €

Opening hours vary depending on the time of the year that you visit and if you get the day or night pass. Detailed opening hours can be found here.

 

Recommended duration in Alhambra and Generalife: 3 hours.

 

3 April 2015, Fri – 5 April 2015, Sun

 

 

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9 Replies to “Alhambra & Generalife in Granada, Spain – What’s Inside?”

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  5. So cool! Saving this for my future travels to Spain!

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  7. Looks like such a beautiful part of the country to visit. We have only done the big tourist spots in Spain like Barcelona and Madrid. Hope we can make it back there soon and explore more places like this!

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