The Magical Palace of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

beautiful Alhambra

beautiful Alhambra

We left Seville on the 8am bus. It was a “fun” 3 hour ride to Granada. I had a cold and couldn’t any sleep. Also, I noticed one annoying thing Spanish passengers did on that bus.

They loved talking on the phone.

And they can talk for hours. From 8am-11pm,  the guy sitting next to me wouldn’t stop blabbering on his phone. He was the only one talking too. What was this? A phone monologue? The whole bus felt I was in the middle of a call center.

We arrived at 11am in Granada then sprinted off to check in our hotel. And off we went to do a 30 minute hike to Alhambra.

More like 1 hour hike. I forgot that the Alhambra was originally a fortress and a military palace. And where do you put a palace so that it can defend itself and its occupants?

That’s right. Strategically up a steep mountain. And they make it really difficult for you to climb.

After the bus ordeal, a cold and a one hour hike, I was starting thinking if the Alhambra was worth it when I saw all these inside:

The majestic Lion's Court

The majestic Lion’s Court

The Nasrid Palace- maybe the Court of the Ambassadors?

The Nasrid Palace- maybe the Court of the Ambassadors?

More fountains

More fountains

intricate carvings

intricate carvings

the view

the view from above

It was all worth it. It was like being in Disney’s Aladin. And the Alhambra is huge. It’s more than 2 palaces. It also has an ancient medina (old marketplace), the Hand of Justice, churches, an old bathouse and a gigantic picturesque garden.

old medina?

old medina?

old bath house ceiling

old bath house ceiling

If you go to Spain, this is a must-not miss sight.

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