Continuing our tour of Spain, our next stop was Granada – primarily to visit the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress built on the hill above Grenada. The fortress was originally constructed in 889. In the mid-13th century, the fortress was renovated and the palace was added. Finally, the palace of Charles V was added in 1527. Wikipedia actually provides a great overview of the Alhambra and all of its history, buildings, architectural details, etc. I have added several photos to the end of this post.
The palace was probably one of my favorite spots in the Alhambra. The detail in every space imaginable was amazing. Ray enjoyed the water and fountains throughout the complex. RJ liked the water stairs and views from the tower lookouts. Ty enjoyed the cinematic look of the entire complex. If you’re ever in Granada, do not miss out on visiting the Alhambra!
Granada, like most places in Spain, is also known for tapas and we worked our way through several tapas bars. This one had a Camelot theme and served bagel sandwiches, fries, and olives with your first drink purchase.
Our only other touristy stop in Granada was the Granada Cathedral. We paid for the audio tour of this cathedral, which described each alcove and piece of art in a little too much detail, making the tour take a little too long. But, the building itself and interior were incredible.
RJ and Ray looking out over Granada from atop a fortress tower in the Alhambra.
Ray being a goofball in the gardens of the Alhambra.
Courtyard with fountain.
Ty, RJ, and Lisa in front of fountain on the walkway through the Alhambra forest.
Close-up of walkway stone work.
Court of Lions.
RJ in palace courtyard.
Lisa in palace courtyard.
Ty and RJ in front of Puerto del Vino (Wine Gate) of the Alhambra.
Ty in sculpted gardens.
Detail stone carving on palace wall.
Ray outside Granada Cathedral.
Inside the Granada Cathedral.