The name alone conjures up images of mysterious medieval encounters. The fortress of Alhambra in Granada was called “a pearl set in emeralds” by Moorish poets in devotion of the ochre-colored buildings among the green of the surrounding forest. Studding the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, on the confluence of the rivers Beiro, Darro, Gernil and Monachil, the city of Granada offers the finest mix of Islamic, Jewish and Christian cultures.
Originally constructed as a fortress under the auspices of perhaps the most powerful Jew of medieval Spain - Samuel Nagrella Josef, the Alhambra fortress of Granada underwent alternations to its palace and walls by Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar. Following the Conquest of the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, the Palace of Charles the Fifth was built within the Islamic fortifications and has since stood the test of time. Today separated from the Alhambra by a ravine, the oldest surviving Moorish garden of Generalife, once a place of respite and retreat for Muslim kings, boasts opulent fountains and colonnades to lull visitors back in time.
In the adjacent Albacín district of Granada, a maze of narrow alleyways weaves its way around the city, flanked by buildings considered the finest in late Islamic architecture. All three attractions were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 to preserve Granada’s historical core. The Sephardic Heritage Museum (Palacio de los Olvidados) is in addition an important Jewish detour recounting the deep Jewish heritage that also can be found.
Get immersed in the rich and decadent history of Granada on a tour with Milk and Honey. We also offer tours of Madrid, Cordoba and Toledo. If you are travelling to Granada, perhaps you would like to include one or two other mesmerising destinations on your trip!