Take a step back in time to the 10th century, when the Berber people of North Africa settled in Southern Spain, in what we now know as Andalucia.
A great ruler Badis Ben Hadis built a fortified palace from which to survey his kingdom in sumptuous surroundings of comfort and safety. As centuries past and new rulers came and went, but the beautiful Alhambra Palace still stands majestically on a hilltop, just to the South East of the city of Granada.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Spain's top historical attractions, and features some truly breath-taking examples of Berber Islamic architecture that has to be seen close up to be properly appreciated.
The Alhambra has inspired literature, music, poetry and art, and is an inspired choice for a Spanish travel destination.
Where is it?
The Alhambra is located in Southern Spain, on top of the hill of Assabica, South East of the city of Granada.
What is it?
A palace and fortress complex made up of elaborate buildings dating from the 10th to the 16th century and displaying a range of architectural styles and influences.
Best time to visit?
As one of Spain's top attractions, the Alhambra can get very busy in the high season. Visiting later in the day after it begins to cool down a little is highly recommended, especially if you get to witness a sunset over the Sierra Nevada.
The Alhambra has so much to see that visitors can spend hours there. The gardens are wonderful place to spend time enjoying a wider view of the complex.