Thursday 8th November. We left Cabo de Gata after a great couple of weeks, and having been made really welcome by the longer term residents at the campsite. We headed North for Granada and parked up in the Alhambra car park at lunchtime, declining the kind offer of the Alhambra official in plain clothes who tried to beckon us in to a layby a few hundred metres before the official carpark (thanks to Bob and Sandra’s friend Burgi who had warned us about this scam).
The Alhambra is an amazing collection of palaces, castles, towers and gardens. Mostly of Moorish design and construction, but with some Christian buildings and influence after a change of ownership 500 years or so ago. The Nasrin palaces are the most striking examples of Moorish art, with intricate stucco work, friezes, hieroglyphs and mosaics everywhere you look.
This is the Patio de los Arraynes…The Myrtle Cortyard. The pool reflects the Comares Tower.
This is the Patio de Los Leones….The Patio of the Lions.
The Garden of the Linderaja….The Boudoir of the Sultana.
The view from the Alhambra. The snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada are in the distance.
The Generalife…the water gardens close to the Alhambra palaces.
View from the Generalife Palace.
The Patio of the Sultana.
La Escalera del Agua….The Water Staircase.