Day 91: October 21st
Today was all about the Alhambra. In the last two years, one has had to book tickets in advance of entering the monument as officials want to limit the number of visitors per day. While it was a bit of a pain to navigate their website and book tickets in advance, I have to say once we were there, it was really pleasant as we weren’t jostling for space with a lot of tourists. It was just right.
Our tickets allowed for us to visit anytime between 8am and 2pm. We got there around 9am and off we went with our audio guides. It is a bit of a walk to the top of the hill, but the views once there were splendid.
The Alhambra is divided into three main parts. The Alcazar (the military fort), The Nasrid Palaces (the residential palaces) and the Generalife (gardens). It was originally built in the 10th century and expanded in the 12th and 16th centuries. The Alhambra was home to emperors of the Nasrid Dynasty, the longest reigning Moorish Dynasty in Spain.
The Alhambra is worth every bit of the hype and I’m so glad we were able to visit on this trip.
We had a lovely morning walking around the entire fortress. In the afternoon we visited the Capilla Real where Ferdinand and Isabelle, the Spanish Monarchs are buried.
You can read more about the Alhambra here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhambra
The rest of our day wasn’t as exciting… It was laundry day!:)
Tomorrow is our last full day in Spain. We’re off to Cordoba in the morning.