The Alhambra, Granada

The Alhambra, Granada

Located on a rocky hill protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, The Alhambra is considered the most brilliant Islamic architecture in Europe. It was the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century. The location of it is absolutely breathtaking which is set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range of Spain. It is one of the best preserved Arabian palaces of its era. There is a limit to the number of visitors to the Alhambra. Maximum is about 6,600 people each day, with just 300 every half-hour to enter the Nasrid palaces. We bought our tickets 2 months in advanced online as we knew we were going there at a busy time during Semana Santa (Holy Week). How to buy your tickets: We purchased our tickets online via www.tickemaster.es. This is the easiest way to purchase your tickets in advanced. I highly recommend purchasing in advance so you can get the time slot you want. You can purchase at least 3 months in advance. We purchased the ‘Alhambra General’ which includes access to all the visitable spaces of the monument: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Carlos V Palace, Public Baths and the Mosque. – Once you’ve clicked ‘buy tickets’, it will take you to a page where you choose the date you want to visit. – Choose the number of tickets you want to purchase. – A time schedule will show up. Click on the time you prefer to enter the Alhambra. You’re given a choice to enter either in the morning slot, afternoon or evening. – Once you’ve clicked...
Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

Seville is a beautiful city. Much different from other cities in Spain I’ve been to as it has a more traditional feel with the people and architecture. It’s not trying to be hip or modern, the people are proud with it’s traditional heritage and culture. We picked up our rental car in Lisbon and did the 4.5 hour drive to Seville. The drive was beautiful and really easy. Surprisingly, there is no border between Portugal and Spain. That was a nice surprise for us! When we arrived Seville, we went straight to the narrow maze like streets of the old town as our hotel was right in the middle of it. Driving in the old town was the most stressful ever! The streets were so narrow and we couldn’t tell the difference between a street and pedestrian. It was so crazy! We got lost in it for an hour until we found our hotel. Our hotel was right in the middle of the old town surrounded by perfumed jasmine flower and orange trees. It’s the typical Seville atmosphere I wanted to be surrounded by. We stayed at Hotel Rey Alfonso X. Choosing a place to stay in Seville was a little bit more challenging. With road closures throughout the day and night for Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions and having a rental car to park, I made sure we were in a hotel that has it’s own parking lot within the hotel grounds. Hotel Rey Alfonso X is in a perfect location with it’s own parking and valet service. There are so many other choices of hotels that are more charming but they...