Granada, Spain: The Alhambra

Generalife...seeing double

Granada….last week we wrote about how we think Granada, Spain is the city of love or really just the city we have fallen in love with.  Visiting the Alhambra has always been on my must see list.

Albaicin neighborhood

Albaicin neighborhood

Our plan for our second day in Granada, was to visit the Albaicin neighborhood.  Along the windy little roads we passed the charming white homes the neighborhood is known for.  Albaicin is one of the oldest neighborhoods that still preserves the Moorish influence that was brought over so many years ago.  This is also the neighborhood where you can find cuevas.  For weeks I had been driving Zeis crazy about the cuevas or caves where many gypsies make their homes and where many flamenco performances take place.   I finally had my moment to see them.  The cuevas are literally built into the earth.  We continued to walk around and made our way up the windy little streets until we finally found the Mirador San Nicolas.  From here the view of the Alhambra was just perfect.  Though it was a hot day, it was also a clear day and not to sound cliche, but I will, the view was picture perfect.   It was so perfect that we just sat staring at the Alhambra for a while….just taking it all in.

An example of the cuevas

An example of the cuevas

The next day we were able to finally get in there.  We spent the morning visiting the Generalife gardens which were beautiful as one would imagine.  What we were really excited about seeing was the actual Alhambra.  I think we made the best decision ever to visit in the evening.  Words can not really express how it felt walking in and being there on a warm summer night but it was definitely a memorable experience.  Having lived in Morocco, being in the Alhambra and seeing all the Moorish architecture in such grand scale reminded me again why I fell in love with Morocco and why I wanted to experience Spain in this way.  Here are some photos of our trip.  This was definitely one of the highlights of my Spain travel experience.

Alhambra...picture perfect

Alhambra…picture perfect

 

Generalife...seeing double

Generalife…seeing double

Alhambra at night

Alhambra at night

 

CIty lights

CIty lights

 

Incredible interior

Incredible interior

 

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