Alhambra

Granada  

Granada  

We continued our homeward bound history geek out. Stopping to see Katherine of Aragon's former pad in Granada. The Alhambra palace was her childhood home before coming to England. Where she ultimately married Henry VIII, aguably our most famous Royal fruit loop.

Nasrid dynasty palace  

Nasrid dynasty palace  

The Alhambra is phenomenal... We'd never heard of it before. But It's kind of a big deal in the palace game.

More Moorish mouldings

More Moorish mouldings

The palace was developed throughout history by many kings. First a 9th century Moorish castle was built, then came a palace then some 16th century Catholic finessing. Finally there was a random monumental donut built by Charles V, the newly appointed Holy Roman Emperor.

Colosseum style palace

Colosseum style palace

Moorish castle 14th century renovation

Moorish castle 14th century renovation

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The Alhambra palace is such a colossal tourist attraction the number of visitors are capped. Inside popular rooms the crowds pack in like sardines in a can. We swam against the constant stream of Chinese snappers to find more solitary spaces. 

Milling about  

Milling about  

Secret spaces 

Secret spaces 

Alhambra  

Alhambra  

The Generalife palace and gardens was our highlight, it was like a colourful paradise. 

Can't touch this

Can't touch this

High up

High up

The Alhambra was a spectacle, but mega crowds made it less fun compared to palaces in Seville. The mountainous Sierra Nevada back country made for icey nights so we didn't stay. We wanted to swim in the Mediterranean sea one last time before heading home.

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