Calle Real de la Alhambra, 9T, 18009 Granada, Spain


An expansive ancient town built in the 13th century, the Alhambra includes a military palace, private residences, convent, medina and elaborate gardens. Spain’s most popular tourism site and the inspiration for India’s Taj Mahal, the Alhambra is a feat of Arabic styling with abundant fountains fed by the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains. A limited number of tickets are released for each day, so it’s best to book well in advance. The best time to visit is early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the biggest crowds.

Written by Caroline Hansen

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