Today we decided to spend some money and do the tourist trip to the Alhambra near Granada. The on-line tickets were €19 each so we decided as it was low season, that we would chance it and arrive there and see how much they were 'on the door'. Good move as they cost €5 less each. What we didn't realise, until we got there was that the carpark was a pay by ticket place with €1 for the first minute then 2 cents per minute after that. So the day cost us 2 X €14 entrance plus €10.60 car parking! Worth every cent and I didn't think I'd be saying that!
The day there started of on the wrong foot after purchasing the tickets by credit card, in an office not signposted, then trying to buy a guide from the information centre, also not signposted but well guarded by an old woman trying to tell your fortune for €1 and finally being told at the gate that we couldn't go in until 14:00hrs (2½ hours time) when all we wanted to do was see the free bit until then. We found the correct gate and the rest of the day was a doddle!
It is amazing but on the 10th December and autumn is just showing itself with half the trees still with green leaves.
The commercial area of the fortified town was the only place we could visit, but even there we managed to find a couple of hidden treasures. The church, Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Alhambra
was worth a visit. The hotel at the eastern end of our limited area had some interesting gardens and fountains to wet the appetite and its doors were open for non guests to visit the courtyard with some impressive stonework. Then on the way back towards the way in to the main attraction, Julia noticed the Bath House
with its amazing star shaped roof lights and pillars.We had assumed that the Museum of Fine Arts
would have to cost for entrance, so we nearly missed it out. A huge square building with an impressive circular courtyard, more like a coliseum than a courtyard!
14:00hrs soon arrived, we tried to get in early, but had to wait until our set time, so we sat on a wall and ate ice-creams
When we got in, we were astounded by the workmanship and the restoration work that is on going. here are a few of the many photographs we took, please click the View Gallery button on the top menu to see them all.
Stained Glass roof light