Granada's Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace and garden, is the most visited sight in Spain and one of Europe's top attractions.
We have been blessed to visit this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sight many times on our family world tour because we spent winters in Spain during our five years RVing in Europe, based nearby on the Costa del Sol. It was easy to do a day trip from our village or go skiing in the nearby mountains, so we did it often and even did it when family came to visit.
One of the best world school educational ideas to do with kids is to read related books before hand to prepare them and dress in the traditional clothes from that time. Mozart loved being an ancient Moorish princess! The Arab baths there are also divine. Don't forget to see it at night and sunset as well as the day time.
The name Alhambra means “red castle” because in some lights the towers take on a golden reddish hue. It dates back to the ninth century and is a fortress (alcazaba), a palace (alcazar) and a small city (medina). Moorish poets described it accurately as “a pearl set in emeralds” and it is considered a masterpiece of world architecture.
My favorite part of the Alhambra were the gardens, which like much of the entire complex, were inspired to duplicate heaven on earth. There were awe-inspiring views to the Alhambra, the white Albaicin old moorish section of Granada and the snow capped mountains, plus lots of water elements,greenery and flowers.
Is the magical Alhambra on your bucket list?