Granada: Alhambra Palace, University & Cathedral

Granada is beautiful city and capital of it’s own province. This city lies in the autonomous community of Andalucia. The vast Sierra Nevada mountain range overlooks this popular area of southern Spain.

granada, andalucia

Granada is an hour’s drive from the coastal town of Motril. This gives visitors a unique opportunity to sun themselves on the beach one day. The following day they could be skiing in the mountains.

Granada Cathedral & University

granada cathedral

A cultural city that has produced many a gifted student. The huge University of Granada is attended by around 80,000 students. So vast is this institute of learning, it occupies 5 different campuses around the city. Another splendid building is the 16th century Cathedral of Granada. Located in the centre of the beautiful Cathedral is a delight to explore.

Tourist Bus & Tram Tours

Modern day Granada is a large sprawling city with a good transport system. If you wish to explore using public transport you had best learn some Spanish. An alternative way of seeing the sights is to take one of the many tours. These include tours of the city by bus or tram and tours of its important buildings. The tram with its open sides and see-through roof is a great option to see all this city has to offer. This includes its main tourist attractions and beauty spots.

Map of Granada

The beautiful city of Granada lies in the province of Andalucia in southern Spain. Please click the image below for a full size Google map.

Mao of Granada

Alhambra Palace

The Alhambra is a vast fortress and palace complex located in the Spanish city of Granada. Often referred to as a fortified city in its own right. This Palace covers a large enough area to be a city. The Alhambra stands out among medieval palaces for its intricate planning. This structure has complex decor with many charming gardens and courtyards.

Granada, Alhambra

The name of the palace comes from the Arabic, Qal’at al-Hambra (Red Fort). Many additions and repairs have been made over the years. Constructed between 1232-1492 by the Nasrid Dynasty, the last Muslims to rule southern Spain.

The Alhambra still remains an important pilgrimage for Muslims worldwide. In peak season the palace and gardens receive up to 6,000 visitors daily. This link will take you to the official website. A great resource which offers a virtual tour and information about tickets prices. You can also check out the video on this page.

The Alhambra Palace Architecture

To appreciate the awe inspiring architecture and intricate artwork and detail found here. It’s best to visit during the quieter winter months. A great attraction for those interested in architecture, art, literature and religion. It’s quite possible to spend months visiting the Alhambra. The palace’s water system alone is a feat of engineering.

Alhambra Gardens & Courtyards

Alhambra Palace Courtyard

The Muslims, like most viewed water as a practical necessity. They also tried to create beautiful ornamentation and sound. Throughout its various palaces, gardens, courtyards and rooms. There are many intricate networks of water channels. These were used to irrigate the gardens, supply the various baths and wash houses. These channels were also to create stunning fountains and water features.

The main structures within the Alhambra Palace include the Royal Complex. The Hall of the Ambassadors, Court of Lions and Fountain of Lions. We also have the Hall of the Abencerrajes and the lovely Generalife Gardens.

These were constructed outside the palace walls. They consist of a collection of beautiful gardens with their very own palace. They also served as a retreat for the past rulers of Granada during the stifling summer months.

Alhambra Promo Video

The video below will take you on a tour of the Alhambra which includes the gardens and courtyards.