From the Alhambra to the Albaicina district, our must-sees for your trip to Granada

Beautiful Granada, an Andalusian city located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, has preserved excellent remains of the Al-Andalus era.

Almost eight centuries. This is the period when Granada was Muslim. From 711 to 1492, the Umayyad, Almoravid, Almohad, and Nasrid dynasties alternately controlled the city., The last gem of the Al-Andalus empire. Apart from its culture, this presence has had a lasting impact on Granada’s town planning and architecture. There we find amazing Moorish remains amidst Medina-like streets, glittering palaces and gardens inspired by the paradise described in the Quran.

After ReconquistaRuled by “Catholic kings”, local artistic traditions were able to continue due to the presence of Moriscos – Muslims “converted to Christianity” –, who gave rise to this style. Mudéjar, A Western art freely inspired by Al-Andalus. Our activities to discover this extraordinary heritage Southeast of Andalusia,

Alhambra, Nasrid palace… a breeze 1001 nights

Guarded by twelve cats, the fountain of the famous Cour des Lions is preceded by delicate marble columns supporting the aerial galleries.

Classified by UNESCO since 1984 Alhambra Palace Has always attracted writers. Théophile Gauthier saw him as “every poet’s dream“. Despite the hordes of tourists who come to discover this marvel of Arab-Muslim art, it is difficult to refute them today. Rich in caramel colors, it is a 13th-century masterpieceI and XIVI The century was founded by the Nasrid dynasty. Its construction follows thatAlcazaba, The powerful fort that still dominates the city.

But if we run here, it’s mainly to admire Nasrid palace, where wealthy visitors lived among chambers, courtyards equipped with fountains, and more intimate apartments. There are dazzling decorations everywhereazulejos Colorful, intricately carved maucharabih, cedar roofs inlaid with gold or stucco calligraphy. The fountain of the famous, guarded by twelve cats court of lions Before this are delicate marble columns supporting the aerial galleries. Magic !

Generalife Garden, iinspired by heaven

Like most Islamic gardens, the control of water is impressive.

Situated slightly above the Alhambra Palace and surrounded by rocky slopes, the spectacular common life garden – Understand “from the architect” – is one of the most enchanting, worth the visit alone. Located on a terrace, the place is surrounded by countless fountains and ponds, cleverly separated by rows of cypresses or rose beds.

Keeping the five senses alert, we walk happily Acequia patio, crossed by a swift canal. Like most Islamic gardens, the control of water is impressive. Originating from everywhere and flowing in all directions, it appears omnipresent. The purpose of these various arrangements was to cool the place during the summer heat, when the rich resided in small palaces adjacent to the garden. The sovereigns held large receptions and events there in the mildness of the evening.

get lost in Albaicin District, Madina Air

The Horno del Oro house, from the Nasrid period, in the Albaicín district, hides an interesting Hispano-Moorish decoration.

On the hill in front of the Alhambra, Albaicin District Provides an attractive decoration. Its narrow whitewashed streets, lined with stairs or delightful little squares, are a wonderful playground for dreamers. Its name comes from the activities of its former inhabitants, most of whom were masons. The region is still home to luxurious residences, Moorish but also Christian or Jewish: in the times of al-Andalus, cohabitation was the norm.

In Casa de Zafra14th century constructionI century, we return to this “society of three cultures”. not far from, Casa Horno del OroFrom the Nasrid period, an interesting Hispano-Moorish decoration is hidden. absolutely fantastic Casa del Chapiz, Mudéjar style. Since 1932, it has hosted the School of Arab Studies. ahead, road Alcaiceria The atmosphere is reminiscent of the markets of the Maghreb, occupied by shops of oriental crafts.

Hammam Al Andalus, El Bañuelo… Experience the art of Arab bathing

The huge vaulted rooms of El Bañuelo were pierced with small holes through which light filtered in.
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In Granada, several historic baths can be visitedel bañueloGreat set of XII century. Its huge arched rooms have small openings which allow light to filter in. On the walls, Moorish decoration is visible, sometimes embellished with reused Roman or Visigoth capitals.

But it’s still worth it to enjoy a relaxation session in one of the city’s rehabilitated oriental baths. Its walls covered with azulejos, its undulating arches and its various pools (cold, warm or hot), Hammam Al Andalus Displays a captivating decoration. A welcome respite of peace after a day wandering the streets of Granada, often in the heat. To the sound of soft music and dim lighting, we give ourselves massages and close our eyes, imagining ourselves back in the time of Boabdil, the last Nasrid ruler of Granada.

Hotels, paradores… our best places to sleep in a Moorish environment

The Parador de Granada, located within the walls of the Alhambra, is a former Nasrid Palace of the Infants converted into a convent by the Catholic Monarchs.
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Every tourist who comes to Granada has a dream: to sleep in a palace reminiscent of Al-Andalus. Set in a beautiful 15th century residenceI century that belonged to a Morisco familyHotel Casa Morisca Provides a magical experience. Its large courtyard is decorated with columns and wooden galleries at the top, which leave no one indifferent; Just like its cozy rooms with carved wooden ceilings, the spaces of which are decorated with marble arches. Breakfast is served in a spectacular vaulted cellar.

Fans of historic residences can also book a night at Granada Parador , this time located just inside the walls of the Alhambra. Then we stay in the former Nasrid Palace of the Babies, which was converted into a convent by the Catholic Monarchs. Composed of delightful courtyards, coffered ceilings and antique furniture, the hotel’s decor does not disappoint. After a stroll through the garden surrounded by fountains, you can discover the ancient baths of the Alhambra Palace, which were rediscovered in 1949.

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