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Court of the Lions

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  • Day10

    Granada!

    September 9 in Spain

    So heute sind wir nach langer Fahrt in Granada angekommen! Nach dem wir endlich unser Hostel erreicht haben, haven wir uns auf den Weg Richtung Sacramonte gemacht. Am Weg haben wir viele kleine süße Kirchen und tolle Aussichten entdeckt! Zum Abendessen haben wir eine kleine Bar mit perfekter sicht auf die Alhambra gefunden (natürlich mit Sangria!!)Read more

  • Day40

    Alhambra

    June 17 in Spain

    Nach der Tour durch die Stadt sind wir zur Alhambra gegangen. Wir haben uns bereits vorgestern Tickets für den "Palacios Nazaries" gekauft, weil diese oft wochenlang im voraus ausverkauft sind. Man bekommt eine feste Zeit für die Besichtigung der Paläste, kann aber schon vorher die anderen Sachen besichtigen. Zuerst sind wir zur Alcazaba, welche der Alcazaba in Almeria sehr ähnlich ist. Danach ging es in die "Palacios Nazaries" für die man eben die Tickets vorher kaufen muss. Das sind die moslemischen Paläste. Es hat sich wirklich gelohnt. Mit soviel Details dekoriert. Man fühlt sich wie in einem orientalischn Märchen. Danach ging es zum "Palacio de Carlos V.", der dagegen Recht schlicht wirkt. Das sollte aber mit Absicht, als Gegenteil zu den anderen Palästen davor, so sein. Zuletzt ging es noch zum "Generalife", eine schöne Parkanlage die außerhalb der eigentlichen Alhambra liegt. Hier befindet sich das Gartenschloss, das ebenfalls im Still der "Palacios Nazaries" ist.
    Die Alhambra ist auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert.
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  • Day9

    Granada is about 2 hours away, so we got up early. We saw a weather front pouring over the mountain tops like a waterfall. Very cool! We also had a chance to see more poppies and actually got a picture of them as we drove past on the motorway (freeway).

    Granada was very confusing! We entered an Information Center into the GPS and couldn’t find it or a Park and Ride. We tried to find the Alhambra but GPS didn’t recognize that word alone. Finally we saw signs, Alhambra Palace in English, and followed those. Once we were at the Alhambra, we found out we had needed to buy tickets online several days in advance. We thought we’d be safe because it’s early in the season. No tickets were available for the next two days, so we thought we were out of luck, but then we noticed some parts are free!Read more

  • Day9

    After the Reconquest, Queen Isabel I and King Fernando II incorporated the Alhambra as a Royal palace with military defenses. All of the buildings were re-purposed over the years--it was too hard to tear down and rebuild all that stone!

  • Day19

    Day 19: La Alhambra & Grenada

    March 6, 2017 in Spain

    Another exciting day - another UNESCO Wonder of the World! It was a bit of a mission getting tickets for this one, as you need to buy them in advance from a Ticketmaster website which for whatever strange reason doesn't accept Australian credit cards! We checked online last night and could see there were some tickets still available (and they keep some in reserve at the gate on a first-come, first-serve basis), so we decided to chance our arm.

    Up fairly early and on the road by 9am, as it was an hour's drive east to Grenada. Again almost entirely freeway, which passed without incident. Seemed like quite a few people around at the entrance, but we managed to get tickets which was great!

    Firstly a bit of background. La Alhambra is a complex of several palaces and their gardens, built by various rulers of Spain. There's an old castle-style palace from the early Islamic era (around 800-1000 AD), the Nazaries palace which was built by the Muslim caliphs in the 13th century, the Generalife which was built by the same rulers around the same time period, and then the palace of Charles V who ruled from 1500-1558 (though this one was never finished).

    Most of these are still preserved in excellent condition, and sit on a hilltop overlooking the city of Grenada. It's a very dramatic spot on a high rocky outcrop, with the enormous snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains towering behind. Our tickets gave access to all four of the palaces, though since the Nazaries palace is most popular it has timed access. Our timeslot was 10:30, and as it was already 10:20, we hustled down to the entrance and queued up.

    Right on time we were allowed in, and suddenly all the annoyances and difficulties of getting here and getting in melted away. The palace is stunning, with intricate carvings, tilework, mosaics everywhere, lots of archways and reflecting pools, beautiful gardens, the works. We spent almost 2 hours here just wandering around and admiring the work. The ceilings especially were beautifully done, with hundreds of little alcoves set in, unlike anything we'd been to so far.

    The Alcazar in Seville felt like a much more functional palace than this one. Though both are beautiful, the Alcazar simply doesn't compare to the sheer spectacle and detail of the Nazaries. Finally after a couple of hours getting lost in the buildings, we decided it was time to check out the other palaces.

    After a quick bite to eat we headed next for the Alcazabar, the oldest part of the complex. This was a much more functional castle-style building, originally founded around 800 AD apparently on the remnants of an earlier Roman settlement. Aside from the walls and ramparts, there isn't much left of it, though situated at the front of the rocky outcrop meant it had the best views across town. Interested to see the low walls of the castle's internal buildings though; you could easily pick out the outlines of houses and the various rooms within them (kitchens, stables, storerooms etc). Obviously these buildings were started with stone and then topped off in timber which has long since vanished.

    Next up we headed for the unfinished palace of Charles V, from the mid-Renaissance period. It looked fairly finished from the outside (note: discovered later it was "finished" in the 19th century), but inside there was very little to see. It was a square building with an enormous central circular courtyard with loads of columns. Apparently these days the palace houses a fine art gallery and a museum, but both are closed for the winter months.

    Last stop was the Generalife palace, set slightly apart from the others and intended by the caliphs to be a summer palace. It was much smaller and only had a handful of rooms, the highlight here were definitely the two ornate garden halls with fountains and long water features. Not sure how original they are, but it definitely made for a relaxing environment. Or it would have, except our wander around coincided with the noisiest Spanish family we've encountered so far - yelling and laughing and carrying on like yahoos. I commented to one man "es un pato" when one lady was guffawing and he laughed - she really did sound like a duck!

    Finally by around 2:30pm we were finished with Alhambra. It had been a long trip and a lot of wandering, but definitely glad we'd made it! Since we'd decided against staying in Grenada, we figured we should at least drive down and have a closer look at the city. Parked in another extremely tight underground carpark in the centre of town and had a wander around.

    Very young vibe here, I assume there's a big university or something since most people were quite young and the bars & restaurants were all trendier and less traditional. We picked a random Mexican restaurant and had some late lunch, since our earlier bite wasn't particularly substantial. Found the gigantic cathedral, but decided against going inside since it was 5 euros each. Would've been interesting to see the tombs of Isabella and Philip (king & queen who unified Spain in the late 15th century), but neither of us felt particularly up for getting our 5 euros out of a cathedral.

    So a little more wandering before heading back to the car, squeezing out of the car park and then the long drive back to Lucena, arriving around 6pm. Spent the evening relaxing and doing a bit of cleaning before our hosts return tomorrow and we have to depart.
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  • Day230

    Alhambra Palace, Granada

    January 21 in Spain

    When Seville and Cordoba fell to the Catholics, five centuries ago, Granada was at its peak and Muhammad ibn Yusuf ibn Nasr established an independent state there. It is renowned in history as the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe and as home to the stunning Alhambra Palace.

    Since it's creation in 889AD, the Alhambra has seen many changes from Muslim palace to a fortress to ruins to UNESCO World Heritage-listed. It sits on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Granada with the high, snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains behind. At the height of summer over 6000 visitors arrive each day and entrance tickets need to be booked months in advance. A sunny day in January was just perfect for our visit and the reception at our campsite were able to arrange entrance tickets with only 24hrs notice.

    The many changes that have taken place over the centuries have all left their own distinct marks on what we see today, with Moorish architecture and a mosque being added onto and replaced with a Christian church and a Renaissance palace.

    Our time was spent walking around in amazement at the beauty of it all. At its peak it must have been stunningly beautiful but even today, though it has been heavily but respectfully restored, we were able to imagine how colourful it would have been with glazed tiles on the lower walls and intricate designs in the stucco work above where you could still see remnants of cobalt blue, green and deep red. The honey-comb vaulted ceilings were so intricate, one embellished with 5000 tiny moulded stalactites which still had traces of blue paint on them. Interior pools, fountains, baths and gardens offered shade and places to relax for the inhabitants of the day.

    In complete contrast is the Palacio de Carlos V next door. His arrival in Granada in 1526 saw the start of an imperial programme of changes in urban planning and building to represent the new Classicism style. The palace was added in 1527 and the ground floor houses the very interesting Alhambra museum with artefacts directly related to the palaces history.

    We ended our visit in the gardens and climbed the towers for magnificent views of the city below. In the opposite direction the sun on the snow-capped mountains behind looked so inviting....time for a ski trip!
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  • Day24

    Getting to the alhambra

    June 17, 2017 in Spain

    I had planned to go a little easy on my feet and ankles and take a cab up the hill. However, it turns out it would have taken nearly as long to try to find one, so I walked up. It was supposed to take 22 mins, though each time I looked it still said I had 22 mins to go. I think it actually took about 35.Read more

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Patio de los Leones, Court of the Lions

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