UNESCO World Heritage-listed 11th Century 'Red Castle' of Alhambra

UNESCO World Heritage-listed 11th Century 'Red Castle' of Alhambra

Eulogised as Spain’s Acropolis, the Damascus of the West, a terrestrial paradise and, simply, the most romantic building in the world, if the Alhambra didn’t exist, travel companies would have to invent it. The view of Granada’s palace-castle is a sensual delight, the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains failing – just – to steal the show. But it’s only through a tour inside that the building truly reveals its wonders. The Palacio Nazaries is the Alhambra’s crowning architectural glory, a mesmerising series of rooms with the finest tiling, vaulting and stuccoed walls you’ll ever see. The Generalife (‘architect’s garden’) is a perfect orchestration of plants and pools, patios and paths. Islamic formal gardens reach their zenith here: an utterly compelling, sensually addictive place to explore and relax, and a perfect complement to the palace’s interiors. Poetry in stone, plant and water, all amidst a fairy-tale setting, the Alhambra is food for the soul, and should be the first entry on any Spanish ‘must-see’ list. 

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