Built between the 13th and the 15th centuries, the monument consists of a variety of architectural styles from different periods, with its most intricate and awe inspiring designs featured on the inside, particularly the elaborately carved plaster ceilings.
Due to the large number of visitors, advance booking is strongly recommended for a visit to the Alhambra.
Outside run the extensive Generalife gardens, immaculately laid out and lovingly kept. You can spend hours strolling through this stunning setting backed by the immense snow capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.
Another evocative feature of Granada's ancient history is the old Moorish quarter, the Albayzin. Its labyrinthine cobbled streets gradually wind their way up the side of the Darro Valley opposite the Alhambra, leading out to a large balcony at St. Nicholas Church. From there you can snap away to your heart´s content at the picture-postcard views of the Alhambra backed by Sierra Nevada in all its snowy glory.
Granada city centre has a very lively and friendly atmosphere. A network of long narrow streets fill the centre with numerous shops, bars, plazas and historical buildings.
A visit to the cathedral is a must and well worth the 2.50€ entrance fee.
Granada is Spain's tapas capital. The area around Plaza Nueva is full of tapas bars that are humming with activity each evening from around 8 pm onwards. For every drink you purchase, your waiter will serve you a different tapa. After three or four drinks you won´t need to eat anything more!
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