Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tales from the Alhambra

Spain is an amazing country with a colorful and vibrant history. It was too bad I had so little time to explore but even so, there was no way I was going to miss the Alhambra in Granada.  It is worth noting for first-time visitors that you will most likely not be able to get a same-day ticket to the Palace in Alhambra.  Be sure to book your tickets early online here in advance otherwise your trip there may be a dud. If you are informed that you can pick up the tickets when you arrive onsite, don't worry as you will be able to pick them up at the machines near the entrance of the complex.

A mini aqueduct for delivering water:

Near the entrance and along the walk to the palaces, you'll encounter a number of trees and gardens.

This pictures shows one of my favorite parts of the Alhambra. These cute, eight-starred skylights actually were created to allow light into one of the bathing areas of the complex.

This is the west side of the Palacio de Carlos V, which was ordered by Charles V as he had wanted a residence nearby the Nasrid Palaces.

Below is a view of parts of the fortifications of the Alhambra.

Walking around the exteriors can take at least a good 45 minutes so be sure to leave plenty of time before your intended Nasrid Palaces tour to walk around. You can always view the surroundings after your tour of the palaces.

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