Alumbra & Generalife
25.04.2011 - 25.04.2011 16 °C
I'm going to dedicate this blog to the Alumbra & Generalife.
We got up early yesterday (6.15am) in order to queue for tickets for Alumbra. There are only 1200 tickets available per day (outside the pre-booked/guided tours). The ticket office opens at 8am. We got there at 7.20am and there was already a sizable queue. We hedged our bets - I queued at the ticket machines (need a credit card with a PIN), Steve queued for the tickets with cash sales. It was a foggy morning - and a nice walk up the hill through the Alumbra Forrest. Anyway - we were lucky and got tickets. YAY.
So we started with Generalife. While it is a palace, the predominant features are the massive gardens. Here are pictures.
The other part of the Alumbra which is seriously awesome are the Palaces of Nazarine (I think)... sorry I don't have the guide book with me.
Anyway - I hope the pics show up well. The detail of the palaces is amazing... and it's all hand carved in chalk. Seriously beautiful buildings. The best examples of Moorish art left in Europe apparently.
Anyway - I hope it speaks for itself. One of the best things we've seen in Europe I think.