The Alhambra, the most visited site in Spain, has a limit on the number of people entering on each period: morning, afternoon, and sometimes evening. Due to this capacity restriction, it is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance. Also, for the famous Palacios Nazaries (Nasrid Palaces) can only be granted entrance at the time slot shown on the ticket, when you are booking the ticket, you'll be prompted to chose an available timeslot. The first timeslot is at 8:30 AM when it opens and that one sold out fast so I marked my calendar to book the ticket in August for our visit at the end of November. I did successfully get us tickets for the 8:30 AM slot.
With tickets, we don't need to enter through the main gate: Puerta de las Granada (Gate of the Pomegranates), instead, we can enter through Puerta de la Justica (Gate of Justice) which is the closest gate to Nasrid Palaces. Early in the morning, we had our hotel receptionist called a taxi for us to drop us off at the Gate of Justice. The Gate of Justice and our tickets on my hand haha!
It was cold that morning and the sun just starting to rise! We were the 2nd group in line to enter the Nasrid Palaces.
The line quickly filled with visitors and as soon as it opens, we walked in, got our tickets scanned, and entered the most famous Moorish palace in Spain. The architecture style is the same as the other Moorish palaces we visited in Morocco and in Seville, Spain but in a much larger scale. Once we stepped out the first room was The Court of the Myrtles with the reflecting pool. It was so early in the morning that the sky was colorless so the reflection wasn’t as great but without the crowds.
The magnificent Palace of the Lions, this courtyard has 124 beautifully carved white marble columns that I had to brave the cold for photos! Then, we walked through this bridge to another section of the palace, the bridge offers a good view of the old neighborhood of Granada called Albaicín. Outside of the palace looked very rectangular, almost square like, but the inside is totally different! The circular design is unique that it’s Renaissance-style compared to the rest of the Moorish style in the Alhambra complex.
It was said that the ceilings collapsed due to the lack of finance to maintain it. There are several accessing stairs to go up the 2nd floor of the palace. That was the end of Alcazaba. We walked toward the very end of the complex to the most famous garden – Generalife. We passed by the Church of Santa Maria de la Alhambra.
On the way to Generalife, we had to walk through this long walkway of trees like a garden maze but just a straight row. There are some lovely openings that you can peek out like this one.