Alhambra 1 - The Alcazaba

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Alhambra 1 - The Alcazaba Granada Reviews

Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Granada Nov 10, 2010
The Alcazaba is one of the oldest parts of the whole Alhambra site. A fort might have existed upon the site, and the moors extended its walls when they built the Nazrid palaces. The site also contains houses/resting places for troops.

The maze-like structure of the Alcazaba is interesting and fun to walk around. It is well worth walking up to the top, in order to get some amazing views of the structure of the Alcazaba, as well as panoramic views of Granada and the Alhambra site.

I think you can only visit this area of the Alhambra once, as tickets are scanned near the entrance. Once you have tired yourself out by walking up to the top, there are some very nice gardens near the Alcazaba which are very lush, green and relaxing to walk through.
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Mighty Fortress Dec 18, 1989
Most people visiting the Alhambra buy a ticket that covers the Alcazaba, the Nazrid Palace and the Generalife. Only the Palace has a fixed time and that is for entry only - you can stay as long as you like. The 3 can be visited in any order so make the first and last fit around the middle one (geographically as well as list order.)

I am dividing the reviews into three parts to avoid any one becoming too long.

The Alcazaba is a fortress, used as a residence only before the palace was built. There were far more towers than are visible now. My avice differs somewhat from that of Internet articles and guidebooks. You wil not be able to avoid becoming bound up in detail n the palace so why not just wander round the fortress as the mood takes you without feeling the need to keep looking up what you are seeing? I don't think I suffered from doing so.

What makes this more interesting than most fortresses is that it was the very last stronghold to hld out against the Catholics during the reconquista. It must be aded that you will probably never find a fortress with more striking views. I was fortunate enough to go first in a Christmas week when there was a bright blue sky over the snow of the Sierra Nevada.
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