1. To Visit the Alhambra and the Generalife
World Heritage Site, the complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife is the
most emblematic, known and visited monument of Granada.
City, fortress and palace of the kings of the Nasrid dynasty, its rooms and gardens are the higher expression of the Muslim art in Europe.
The great extension of the complex and the beauty of its rooms cause that the visit lasts at least two hours and average. It is almost necessary to book in advance the entrance, especially at times of great affluence of visitors. The nocturnal visit is a magnificent alternative for those who already know the monument and wish to perceive the unheard perfumes, sounds and images that the night arise in the Alhambra.
The monumental complex is formed by the Alcazaba, fortified military area; the Palaces, royal residence; and the palace and the gardens of the Generalife, summer royal residence. The water, something not very abundant in North Africa, where the Nasrid dynasty was original, is present in the main rooms of the monument: the famous Patio de los Leones, the not less well-known Patio de los Arrayanes, the Sala de dos Hermanas, the Sala de los Abencerrajes, the real Baņos...
Built later, but already integrated in the monumental complex, it is the Palacio de Carlos V, initiated in 1527 by the architect Pedro Machuca in the purest Renaissance style.
All the history of Granada has passed in front of the Alhambra walls. The story says that there was a garden where the monarchs, persecuted princess between flowers. The walls of the Cuarto de los Secretos say that there is nothing that escapes from its ears. The Medina says that there were times of peace, and the Alcazaba that there were times of war. The Puerta del Vino says that there was joy and the jails say that there was sadness.
"Give him some alms, woman, because there is nothing in life as the pain of being blind in Granada", their walls has listened to. Restored day after day, and with care, the Alhambra looks marvellous to more than two million visitors every year.