The Alhambra, a symbol of Spanish culture

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The Alhambra in Granada, Spain
The Alhambra in Granada, Spain - © mrks_v - Fotolia.com

The Alhambra, in Granada, is the best preserved Arab palace in Europe, a palatine city of medieval origin unique in the world. We are going to offer you some practical tips with which you can visit the main corners of this jewel of History on your own.

When visiting the Alhambra we can choose from a good number of ways to access it. The choice is often determined by its location on a hill, but if you have time we recommend you always do it on foot since you will be able to appreciate natural and artistic aspects of the environment that go unnoticed if we choose other means.

What can you see on a visit to the Alhambra? From the Nasrid Palaces to the Carlos V Palace, the Mexuar Palace, the Patio and the Cuarto Dorado, the Patio de los Arrayanes, the Salón de Embajadores, the famous Patio de los Leones, the Carlos V Rooms and the Gardens and the Palace of the Generalife. Something important to keep in mind is that there are many places to see in the Alhambra in Granada, so you have to have a minimum of 4 hours to visit.

Just as important is knowing that there are several types of tickets according to your needs, something you won't have to worry about if you hire a tour with official guide to see the alhambra.

· The General Ticket allows us access to all the visitable spaces: Alcazaba, Generalife Palace and Gardens, Palace of Carlos V and Bath of the Mosque. In addition to the Nasrid Palaces, whose access can only be done at the time that marks the entrance to avoid crowds.

· Alhambra Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba: with this ticket we can access all the spaces except the Nasrid Palaces.

· Alhambra Night Palaces: if we want to make a night visit to the Nasrid Palaces.

· Alhambra Nocturna Generalife: the same but only to the Alcazaba, Generalife Palace and Gardens, Palace of Carlos V and Bath of the Mosque.

We are now going to relate some of its most important enclaves that you cannot ignore.

The Patio de los Leones: the colonnade that surrounds the patio is nothing more than a vegetal representation of a palm grove. Water has a central place, taking shape through the famous Fountain of the Lions.

The Alcazaba, it is a great fortress protected by walls where the four main towers of the Alhambra are located, from which beautiful views of Granada are obtained. Its function was merely defensive, since from it they could spot possible enemy attacks.

The Generalife, the rest residence of the sultan and his family. Although today we find it surrounded by beautiful gardens, in its time it was surrounded by orchards. The most famous patio in the Generalife is the Patio de la Acequia.

El Partal, we are talking about a palace in itself that has kept its structure more or less intact since the Nasrid period. A terraced area with a pond and gardens that ends the visit to the Nasrid Palaces.

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