Granada in June and Arches

Alhambra from the Generlife gardens

Alhambra from the Generlife gardens

Yesterday we visited Granada. We parked above the Alhambra and walked down through the Generalife gardens to the city, strolled around the Albaicin and then back up the Alhambra hill.

Hotel America and the Palace of Carlos V

Hotel America and the Palace of Carlos V

We think these photos capture the essence of the city in June. This is of the iconic little Hotel America and the Palacio de Carlos V which one passes going from the Generalife to the Alhambra.

Looking at the Albaicin from the Generalife Palace

Looking at the Albaicin from the Generalife Palace

Granada is a city of arches. They feature in the architecture of the beautiful Moorish palace and in the gates of the city walls. This one in the Generalife Palace looks out over the Albaicin.

Moorish arch at the entrance to the Alhambra

Moorish arch at the entrance to the Alhambra

This is the first gate at the entrance to the Alhambra and …

Puerta de las Granadas

Puerta de las Granadas

… you have to pass through this arch, the Puertas de las Granadas, when you reach the city and the street Cuesta Gomerez.

Arch in the Albaicin

Arch in the Albaicin

There are arches too in the Albaicin. This one is at the junction of Calle San Juan de los Reyes and the Carretera Chapiz.

San Gregorio

San Gregorio

We love the streets on the old quarter, the Albaicin. This is San Gregorio.

Passing through the gardens from the Alhambra to the Generalife

Passing through the gardens from the Alhambra to the Generalife

Back up to the Generalife. Water features throughout the gardens in acequias, ponds and fountains. We think this lovely building is part of the Parador.

Looking back towards old Granada

Looking back towards old Granada

Finally here is an interesting view looking through the gardens to the Albaicin on the opposite hill.

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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