Visit the Alhambra
Though plenty of tourists do it, visiting the Alhambra in summer is not a great idea. From late June onwards in Granada, temperatures climb above 35° most days, meaning that unless you head up the steep hill to its most famous monument at the crack of dawn, it will be too hot to enjoy it. Spring, though, is the perfect time to visit the greatest surviving relic from Andalusia’s 800 years under Moorish rule between the 8th and 15th centuries. The Alhambra’s location is something to behold in itself, sitting as it does on top of the verdant Darro Valley, against a dramatic backdrop provided by crisp peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Built in the 9th century, the exterior structures were extensively rebuilt in the 1200s by Mohammed I ibn Nasr, the Moorish ruler of what was then the Emirate of Granada.
The key attraction within its forbidding walls are the Nasrid palaces, built by the Nasrid Kings – the last Moorish rulers of Granada – during the 13th and 14th centuries. These comprise the Mexuar, which contains one of the Alhambra’s most intricately designed internal walls; the Comares Palace, which was the official residence of the Sultan of Granada; and the Lion’s Palace, the internal courtyard of which is one of the most famous and aesthetically pleasing features of the palaces. The tranquil, shaded gardens of the Alhambra’s summer palace, the Generalife, are also particularly beautiful in spring.
Alhambra, Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, Granada, Spain +34 958 02 79 71