Postcard of the Week: Granada
The Alhambra is the crown of Granada and another one of Spain’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Perched majestically on top of one of Granada’s hills, the Sultan of Granada would have looked out over his entire territory and felt immensely powerful. When I looked out upon that very view, I felt an immense desire to be a Sultaness from the 14th century, wandering through those Moorish arches, alongside those calm pools, brushing past the flowers of the Generalife gardens and relishing the pitter patter of the fountains.
So I got a little carried away and distracted by the beauty of the surroundings. But I don’t believe that anyone can visit the Alhambra and not get swept up by the atmosphere. First built in 889 by the Muslim rulers at the time, it’s been maintained in impeccable order since then, as you can see in the photos below. Make sure you buy your tickets online via Ticket Master before you get to Granada, otherwise you’re unlikely to get in. I visited in the daytime but I’m dying to return to see the mesmerising palace at night…
Totally agree, Granada is incredibly beautiful. It’s very tempting just to stay there indefinitely!
For more of Arabic stuff in Granada check this portal I have been working on (still being polished): http://fanmaps.com/en/al-andalus/granada
Very nice! I’m actually reading a book set in Granada during the Civil War in the 1930s, and it mentions a lot of the places I can see on the map! It’s called ‘The Return’ by Victoria Hislop and paints a lovely picture of the city…