PHOTO DIARY AND GUIDE TO VISITING THE ALHAMBRA PALACE IN GRANADA , SPAIN

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Oh, Alhambra! What a place. What a palace. It is one of the most intricately stunning places I have ever visited and if you make plans to visit the Andalusia region of Spain, then you should have the Alhambra on your list. I am always incredibly grateful when I get the opportunity to travel anywhere; that gratitude was three-fold when we visited the Alhambra. The Alhambra is made up of the museum, several gardens and palaces and full tickets get you to access to the gardens; grounds and palaces. The ticket also allot a time to visit the Nasrid palace - make sure to stick to that time slot or you might be denied access into the Nasrid palace which I think is the crown jewel of the Alhambra. We visited as a day trip from Seville, but I will not advise you go that route. By mid-day, I was exhausted from the very early start to the day and the four and half hour train ride.

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From the Granada city center, you can walk to the Alhambra - it is the more scenic option but it is a bit of a hike; you can also take public transportation; we opted for a taxi, there were three of us so that made more sense. We were dropped off at the Entrance pavilion which is just a short walk to the ticket pickup (purchase) counters. Your ticket grants access to the grounds and gardens; Generalife palace and Nasrid Palaces. Our time at Generalife palace is here.

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There is a massive Moorish influence in this region of Spain and that is very evident in every turn at the Alhambra and more so within the Nasrid palace. I have held off on this post because I struggle to find the right words to use to describe this place. I spent most of our time walking through the Nasrid palace with my head tilted back; the intricate detail of the design , especially the ceiling work is spectacular. So ! Look up, you will not be dissapointed.

I think it is best to let the pictures tell the story, but before we get to the pictures, a few planning tips.

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  • If you can visit in winter. The summers in the south of Spain are harsh and the winters are mild. There is a lot of trekking involved and it would have been miserable trying to do that in scorching heat.

  • Book tickets in advance (online). The ticket purchase queue was tedious and lengthy and I have been told they sell out during peak periods.

  • When booking your tickets, I recommend an early time slot. The palace opens at 8:30 a.m. If you can get there that early - even better. As the day progresses the grounds and palaces become increasingly crowded.

  • Get in the queue for the Alhambra at least thirty minutes before your scheduled slot. We saw several people turned away at the entrance because they missed their window.

  • If you are hoping to loop in the Alhambra while visiting another part of the region (Rondo; Seville), I recommend planning an (at least) an overnight stay in Granada. Our day trip idea is not one I will recommend.

  • This goes without saying but wear comfortable clothes and shoes and have a bottle of water and some snacks with you.

  • If you have a large backpack, stroller or such - make sure to check it in at the cloakroom before getting in the queue for the Nasrid palace - another reason you will get kicked out of line if you don’t take care of that beforehand.

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