|Sitting in front of the Alhambra's Alcazaba.|
When the Sultans of the Nasrid dynasty chose to build a palace in the foothills of Sierra Nevada on the plain of Granada, they needed a fortress, of course, on the highest point of the hill, to keep watch over their kingdom and defend the royal family. The resulting Alcazaba, which just means fortress, still stands today and is one of the four ancient sites to visit in the magnificent Alhambra complex in Granada, Spain.
Visitors may enter the Alcazaba with their ticket to the Palace Nazare and/or Generalife Gardens. Since the Alcazaba is right across from the entrance to the palace, plan to tour the fort before you enter the palace, and give yourself about an hour to see the Alcazaba.
|Remains of the living quarters inside the Alhambra's Alcazaba.|
What is there to see inside? Ruins mostly, of the living quarters, stables, and dungeons. The most fun is climbing up the defensive walls and watchtowers for expansive views over Granada.
|Awesome views of the city from the Alcazaba.|
|Vending machine with soggy sandwiches.|
|This kiosk is where you want to grab a sandwich at the Alhambra.|
And, since I mentioned the restrooms, DO use the ones near the vending machine and the Square of the Cisterns bookshop. They are the only bathrooms I found, they are free, and there is a balcony in the ladies room with a fabulous view over the plaza.
Read Alhambra Part 1: Generalife Gardens here.
Read Alhambra Part 2: Palace Nazare here.Read Alhambra Part 3: Palace of Charles V here.