No trip to Spain would be complete until you visit the Alhambra in Granada.
Originally a red fort (Qalat Al-Hamra) built on Roman fortifications, it was transformed to become the royal palace by the last Emirs of Moorish Spain. Finally taken over by the Christians it became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella and most famously was where Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition to find an eastern route to India.
The architecture is awe-inspiring, leading it to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It follows the usual Andalusian architecture of openness letting air and light freely enter every room. In particular the whole building as well as the surrounding Generalife (gardens surrounding the buildings) all follow the theme of “Paradise on Earth” with streams of water, reflecting pools and fountains.
If planning a trip be sure to book ahead especially during the peak Spring and Autumn times and use a guide otherwise you will miss out on a lot of detail.
This is part two. Read part one here: http://tinyurl.com/h9x9efn