La Alhambra, Spain – Es Magnifica!

The Islamic palaces of La Alhambra, built over centuries, were all based on the same concept of ‘paradise on earth’. The exquisitely intricate facades, flowing waters and pools, tranquil gardens and beautifully themed structures within the La Alhambra grounds reflect this concept. It was breathtaking to see!



La Alhambra

Leaving the campsite in Sierra Espuna, we drove three hours south-west to park at a campsite on the outskirts of Granada as we wanted to visit the the famed Islamic palaces and grounds of La Alhambra.

We bought a couple of online General Admission tickets at a cost of €14 each which included entry to all the main areas. However, take note that the Nasrid Palaces is a timed entry, whereas the other areas are at your leisure.

Originally a small fortress around AD 900, La Alhambra was converted into a palace in the mid-13th century. Since then, various Muslim rulers of La Alhambra have extended sections of the palaces but still within the theme of creating ‘paradise on earth’. Most of the buildings are rectangular in shape with rooms all opening on to a central court. The exterior of the buildings were purposely left plain in contrast to the intricately designed interiors. Within the grounds are many fountains, cascades and reflecting pools resulting in an ambiance of serenity.

Following the walk through of the Nasrid palaces, we were then free to wander the grounds at our own pace. We then spent time just soaking in the beauty of this ‘paradise on earth’.

Enjoy a glimpse of this amazing place through our photos.  Imagine yourself peering through the numerous arches, gazing at the intricate ceilings and decorative architecture, strolling through the gardens and taking in the wonder that is La Alhambra.

about 15 columns with intricate arches of lattice like sculpture. Through the arches a small fountain can be seen



A corridor with 5 arches above with intricate lattice like design.


An arched window of the La Alahmbra Palace with intricate design, through which a green bush, tree and small fountain can be seen


a room in the alhambra with tan colour walls and through one side is an arched doorway


a long narrow blue pond with fountains all along the edges. Either side of the pond are flowers and green bushes. Six plantpots with small green bushes are at the foreground.


View from the gardens overlooking the Alhumbra palace and the surrounding green trees


a large intricate arch with cream detail and on the bottom of the arch there are blue and orange mosaic. Through the two smaller arches there are views of the garden. Here we can see a few small orange trees.


Three arches with views across alhambra of the gardens and buildings


a star shaped ceiling with intricate detail in cream and blue


some tan coloured intricate arabic writing embedded in a cornice.


Michelle standing against an old wooden door with brass patterned discs on the door


two intricately decorated arches with view of garden through


a view from the tower across La Alhambra

We hope this gave you a little insight into the beauty of this place.

Remember to leave us a comment or if you have any questions or suggestions for us let us know.

Happy Days …

Lars and Michelle



Author: Lars

Being an Australian boy brought up in the country, I learnt at an early age to enjoy the freedom and beauty of nature. Leaving Australia at the age of 20, although I didn’t know it then, would be the beginning of a life of adventure. So join me here on our travels and see the world through my eyes.

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