The Alhambra was the initial reason for going to Andalucía. The Alcázar in Sevilla whetted my appetite for this mountain retreat, perhaps too well, for by the time I visited the Alhambra, I felt like I had seen enough Arabic script to last a lifetime.
That doesn't mean it wasn't stunning. The transition from Islamic to Christian rule is perhaps most visible in the architecture of places like the Mezquita in Córdoba (more on that soon), where a cathedral was erected during the Reconquista, right in the middle of the mosque's arches and pillars. The Alhambra shows these mixed influences as well, from the mudèjar-style architecture to Charles V's palace, which evoked the forms of the Italian renaissance.
But I'm not attempting a history lesson here, so I leave you with some photos, which of course don't do justice. I'll add these and more to a gallery under the Gallery tab soon!