Spain Trip: Day 5 – (Part 2): Generalife and Granada
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Spain Trip: Day 5 – (Part 2): Generalife and Granada

Within visible walking distance of Alhambra is the Palacio de Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid sultans of Granada. Generalife is Arabic for “Architect’s Garden”. Although smaller than the palace at Alhambra, Generalife has a quiet charm and restful demeanor that the rulers of this volatile region probably required.

Gardens

To access the Generalife, we had to walk through the gardens separating the Alhambra and the summer palace. Per our tour guide Christina, the sultans typically did not sleep in the summer palace, and rode between the two palaces by horseback, primarily due to fear of assassination. That was their loss, as our stroll through the gardens to the Generalife was soothing walk, even on a hot day like when we visited.

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Spain Trip: Day 5 – (Part 1): Alhambra
Alhambra

Spain Trip: Day 5 – (Part 1): Alhambra

One reason I travel is that I want to be changed. I want to go somewhere and see things that transforms me in a positive way.  Alhambra did that for me. To say that I was blown away by the beauty, history and grandeur of the place would be an understatement.

Journey to Granada

With so much to see, we had to get an early start.  It is about an hour drive from Nerja to Granada, so our driver Christian picked us up at 8:45am and off we went.  The journey there was scenic, with the tall peaks of the Sierra Nevadas all around us.  When we arrived at the entrance of Alhambra we met Christina, our local tour guide for the day.   As all our guides have been on this trip so far, Christina was extremely knowledgeable about everything on this tour.  As we had a little time until we could access the palace/citadel,  Christina took that time to explain a little about the history.

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