One of the region’s most iconic sights is the Alhambra fortress. The greatest surviving relic of Andalusia’s 800 years under Moorish rule, between the 8th and 15th centuries, this sprawling complex sits forbiddingly atop the Darro valley, against a dramatic backdrop provided by the crisp peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Originally dating from the 9th century, the fort and walls were extensively rebuilt in the 1200s by the Moorish ruler of what was then the Emirate of Granada, Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar.
Some of the most impressive aspects of the Ahambra are the Nasrid palaces, built by the Nasrid Kings – the last Moorish rulers of Granada– during the 13th and 14th centuries. These palaces were the governmental heart of the Emirate of Granada and comprise the Mexuar, which contains one of the Alhambra’s most beautiful internal walls; the Comares Palace, which was the official residence of the sultan; and the Lion’s Palace, with an internal courtyard that is one of the most pleasing features of all the palaces.
Alhambra, Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, Granada, Spain +34 958 02 79 71