Of course, visit THE ALHAMBRA: Built under the caliphs Ismail I, Yusuf I & Muhammad V. A sensual piece of architecture created to portray the idea of paradise on Earth. Most materials used (plaster, tiles & timber) were simple but superbly decorated the interiors of the palace. Craftmanship is 1st class in this complex which includes the Casas Reales (13th century Alcazaba), Palace of Charles V (16th century) & Generalife (country estate of Nasrid caliphs). Moors used water (as in the top picture), space & overall play of light superbly in their palaces which were designed with culture & learning in mind. This elegant courtyard named Patio de los Leones was built by Muhammad V with a 12 marble lions fountain & the patio is comprised of arcades supported by 124 slender marble columns.
NASRID PALACES -- ORNATE COLUMNS
Surrounding the rectangular Court of the Lions are 124 ornate marble columns. This was a fabulous sight to see. You can just imagine the Sultans and their ladies with their flowing gowns going about their daily routines and perhaps sitting by the fountain, supported by 12 figures of Lions.
Day2 - Moclín - Alcalá la Real >> 27.3k
Another nice day, starting off with an easy downhill section and then
undulating for the rest of the day.
Only one chance of lunch, at Ermita Nueva after around 15k which has both
bars and a shop.
Again walking on a mixture of quiet roads and earthen tracks.
Ending the day in the medium sized town of Alcala la Real with good a choice
of accommodation and restaurants for your evening meal.
Carrera del Darro
Take a walk following the river from Plz. Nueva is a nice and impressive area of Granada - the newly restored area where the bars/restaurants have put up their chairs and table for you to be able to enjoy the view of the Alhambra while dinning.
Right after the "bar-area" you can cross the river (turning right) and take the "cuesta de los chinos" up till the Alhambra, which is a very nice alternative route going to the Alhambra - instead of always going up the Cuesta de Gomérez.
Those little buses
On the ''plaza Nueva' you can jump on those
little buses. For one euro they bring you
to the 'Alhambra' or up the hill of 'Albaicin'.
You can easely do those distances by foot too.
That is if you got the time and the energy.
It can be verry warm and their cheap...
Getting by car to on of both places is not recommended.
Think about a parking spot for starters...