The Alhambra (Red Castle) Spain

This week we travel without a doubt, to the most emblematic monument in Spain. Our destination is the Alhambra, in Granada, Spain, which has been around for twelve centuries. The Alhambra is a protected site by the World Heritage Convention (an organization of UNESCO). UNESCO is a natural or man-made site, area, or structure recognized as being of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection.

Within the site there are three major areas: the Alhambra (Red Castle), the Alcazaba (Christian buildings & Museums) and Generalife (soothing arrangement of pathways, patios, pools, fountains, tall trees and flowers of every imaginable hue).

 Visible from anywhere in the city and surrounded by cypress trees, it has been a palatine city, a royal palace and citadel, all in one. Given its unique arrangement the Alhambra has no main facade or core attraction. The buildings, towers, palaces, courtyards and gardens follow each other naturally, designed to fit with everyday life without wasting space. Most remarkably is the décor.

 The greatest concern of the Alhambra architects was making sure every single inch was decorated, no matter the size, shape or space. Most of the interior arches are false arches, with no structure, there only to decorate. Walls are covered with beautiful and extremely rich ceramics and plasterwork. The Alhambra is an exquisite masterpiece sure to dazzle the eye.

 Over the centuries, one thing remains above the city of Granada and that’s the Alhambra, one of the world greatest historical wonders.

The Alhambra is a destination on the Spain & Portugal tour by Image Tours Inc.