Route: The Alhambra

Area: Spain, Andalusia

Date of walk: 20th March 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.0 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny 

Today’s visit to the world famous Alhambra was the climax of a wonderful holiday booked via Inntravel, ‘A Trail of Three Cities’, incorporating walks in the Spanish Moorish cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada

The Alhambra is a huge complex, and essentially comprises the Alcazaba or fortress, the Alcazar consisting of three Nazrid Palaces, and the garden area of Generalife

We’d previously booked our tickets online. The ticketing process isn’t straightforward, and there are various options on offer. There are also numerous rules and regulations and it’s essential to visit the website in advance in order to avoid disappointment

Our hotel was a short walk away from the entrance, and in order to avoid the inevitable crowds we arrived at opening time, 8.30am. The Nazrid Palaces are a must see ingredient of the visit, and it’s necessary to book a time slot. If the allotted time is missed admission won’t be granted, nor is it possible to revisit the Palaces for a second look later in the day. We’d booked an early time at 9.30am and this gave us an hour or so to visit the Alcazaba

This was a fascinating area, and there were some wonderful views over Granada from the towers, but we couldn’t linger as we didn’t want to miss the Palaces. Unfortunately, we hadn’t realised that the Alcazaba is a once only visit, so were unable to return for a better look once we’d left it

The Nazrid Palaces were stupendous, one of the most wonderful sights I’ve ever witnessed, and I’ll let the photos tell the story of our walk through this area

It might be thought that the rest of the visit would be an anti-climax after that, but the Generalife garden area didn’t disappoint, and from here there were some excellent views back to the Alhambra

It had been five hours well spent, and a fitting end to a great walking holiday 

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