Granada’s my favorite city in Spain mainly because of the majestic Alhambra.
It is beyond spectacular— from its intriguing history and breathtaking views to its ingenious and incredible architecture.
I do not know how to perfectly describe this fortress and palatial city in one post so I will just share with you my list of reasons on why I fell in love with this magical place:
The Alcazaba (fortress) is the oldest part of the Alhambra. It was built in the mid-13th century by Sultan Alhamar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty. He established the last Moorish stronghold against the Christian crusaders.
Palacio de Carlos Quinto looks like a ‘lost’ palace in the middle of Alhambra.
It’s so different from the usual Moorish architecture of its neighboring structures that it looks like it’s a separate attraction. Part of Alhambra was actually demolished in order to build a palace after the name of Spain’s king.
Named after "Jardines del Alarife” or “Garden of the Architect,” Palacio de Generalife was built between the 12th and the 14th century.
Granada Cathedral of Incarnation is one of my favorite churches in Europe. It's not as grand as St. Peter's Basilica but its interiors is a standout.
It’s regarded as the masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance style and became the model for Renaissance churches in Spain and Latin America.
Colorful graffiti, quaint cafes, a breathtaking hilltop fortress, pretty blue tiles, artsy bars and markets, narrow streets, stairs leading to more stairs, Renaissance-styled churches and cathedrals, medieval architecture, breathtaking view of the mountains--- Granada will always be my favorite city in Spain.
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