Why you should visit Alhambra!
A couple of weeks ago, I promised you I'd comeback with another photo journal, this time of the impressive Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Well it's here and it's amazing!! I wanted to share with you guys my experience of this place. I knew nothing of it or what wanders it holds, except for a few famous key locations that everybody knows from our little friend - Google (but honestly, I had no idea they were here).
Although not a very big fan of Arabic architecture, couldn't help but to be impressed. And here are the reasons why:
- The oldest building in the complex is 779 YEARS OLD!!!
- It has some stunning interior geometry patterns in the Nazaries Palace, that under any circumstances SHOULD NOT BE MISSED (especially if you're a pattern fan).
- If you don't want to pay around €12.00 - €14.00 per ticket to see everything, you can see around half of the whole Alhambra for FREE! You just have to enter from another side, rather then the front entrance (we entered through the Justice Gate). That's what I found very cool here: if you don't want to pay to see the famous buildings on the inside, but you just want to walk around the complex, you can. FOR FREE PEOPLE, it's for free!
- You'll develop an appreciation for Medieval Architecture and the effort that was put in every little construction and design detail. If you think how much it took them to build everything & first master the technique vs your best attempt at a DIY.....yup, I'm just going to leave that one hanging out there!
- If you are an architect / interior designer / engineer or just a fan of any of these things - YOU WILL LOVE THIS PLACE!!! It's a mixture of European Medieval Architecture and Arabic Interiors, crafts and patterns.
- Lastly but not least, if you buy the ticket, you'll get this awesome little drawn map! Had loads of fun looking through it at the time (still do from time to time - it's here on my desk you see).
Just to let you know, this will be a picture heavy post. So get yourself comfortable, grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever it is that you fancy and let's start! I believe that by now you have gotten used to this type of posts and my obsession of taking tons of photos. I hope :D.
So here is what I'll do this time. I will write a number under every picture, so that you can find it on the map above. And if you want to keep up with the map as you go, just click on the image.
This way, you can walk in my steps, see what I've seen and experience Alhambra through Detail Movement lenses. How does that sound? Let's begin!
We started our journey somewhere in the green valley up to the Gate of Justice (no 61 on the map). It was a beautiful park that offered a lot of shadows and breathable air, as we came to visit this wonder on a beautiful July day, with the Sun shining down on us in 40-42 degrees. To say that we were excited to find shadow is a bit of an understatement!
Really liked this little wall made out of stones, for some reason. It provides an interesting colour palette, but I think I just liked how the stones were arranged more than anything. Got obsessed with these beautiful bright pink - magenta flowers and to this day, I have no idea what they are called (sad times here). If you recognise them, please do let me know, because this mystery is killing me!
Even if you don't buy a ticket, you can still take a stroll through the gardens and end up were all the action is, at the medieval Fortress and the Famous Nazaries Palace. We discovered these gardens when we went to buy tickets for the palace. How did we find out we needed one? Well, we wanted to enter the Fortress when we heard the word "tickets" and we panicked a little. Why? Because at first we thought we entered the complex without paying, but when we learned that you can actually walk around for free, we relaxed.
I don't need to tell you that these 14€/ticket that we paid, were the best 14€ we spent. Ever! There is so much stuff to see here that is stunning, that it would be a shame to miss it. But for now, I will show you what you can see for free: gardens, amazing views, buildings, even museums. I have to admit that I am sort of clueless when it comes to Arabic Architecture built in medieval Spain. But I do find it mesmerizing. Heavy, but mesmerizing to look at. If you want to find out more about something in particular, we can start a thread at the end of this post and do some further research.
The Palace of Charles the 5th houses the Museum of Alhambra, Museum of fine Arts and the Conference & Exhibition Hall. We did not have any time to go into the museums, but saw many people venturing through glass doors with "Free Entry" written on them. So be sure to check it out, if you ever get here. The interior of this building, on the other hand, is more along the lines of Classical Roman / Greek Architecture rather than Arabic Architecture. It has a certain order to it, don't you think? Would have loved to catch the concert or whatever event they were preparing for.
We loved this little retreat garden. Not many people ventured this way, although it was quite close to where the whole action was going on. But the peace and quite that we found here was most welcomed. We discovered another little courtyard inside this garden that was so quite and nice. Yeah, who would have thought, courtyard within another courtyard? Would have loved to stay here for a bit, but it was closed to the public. My guess: it was opened to a selected few; perhaps the locals & potential guests of the little hotel we just passed before?
This lovely location is right where you exit if you visit the Nazaries Palace, but you can find this location without having to go through the palace. It had stunning view points and it was so peaceful. I don't know why, but even in 42 degrees Celsius, I still found it so peaceful and calming. I would have stayed there for hours, if we did not have another 2 hours drive back to Torremolinos (were we were staying).
So there you have it peeps! All the FREE places that we got to visit in Alhambra. And we did not manage to see all of them because we went on a Sunday (shorter visiting programme). So there is plenty more to see. Scrolling through the pictures to see which of them best describe the feeling of Alhambra, I realised (again) that this post will be way to heavy and long to post everything. It already is.
And so I must promise another Alhambra photo journal - the one with the best place of them all, the Nazaries Palace (where you can literally die - if you are an architect/interior designer)! I know this feels like it's turning into a trilogy, but I promise it will be the last Alhambra photo journal. That is, if I don't go there again and get new pictures :D.
I hope you found this as beautiful as I did at the time, and that this photo journal gave you at least a little impulse to go and visit the place. It's so worth it! And as I've said before, if you are interested in a certain building, let me know and we can start a little thread in the comment section below and do a little research. What do you say? Or let's head over to the Facebook Page and let's chat there!
All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.