If there is one reason to visit Granada, the Alhambra is it. This Moorish palace and fortress is the number one tourist attraction in Spain and site of the Moors' last stand during the Christian re-conquest of Spain. We decided to walk up to the Alhambra which takes about 30 minutes from the center of Granada. Our timed entry ticket was on the early side so we left right after breakfast and had the streets to ourselves. We passed through the entrance gate and started a fairly strenuous climb.
The fortifications were definitely solid and intimidating.
We passed through a secluded garden on our way out of the Alcazaba.
We had a quick look inside the church on site.
Museum of the Alhambra which is worth quickly perusing.
After a brief detour through the baths at the Alhambra we set about exploring the outdoor gardens and spaces.
Ambling through the Jardines del Portal, we spotted this stunning bird - a Yellowhammer.
Faded purple climbers clung to the walls.
A trickle of water along the road led us toward the entry gate and back into the now bustling town.