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The Alhambra in Autumn

November 21, 2013
generalife gardens, alhambra, granada, spain

Autumn in Spain is a fleeting and climatically confusing period, particularly here in Granada. It creeps in unnoticed, seizing one degree at a time, while we all cling desperately to the vestiges of our beloved summer. ‘Is it still beach weather?’ beach bums cry. ‘I heard the Sierra’s getting some snow tomorrow!’ exclaim winter sports fans. Truthfully, both scenarios are equally as probable, which, for those of us who embrace all weather types, is a rather agreeable set of circumstances.

Better still, autumn yields gorgeous amalgams of colour in the trees, a truth perhaps best observed in Granada’s epitomical Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Since starting this blog, I’ve posted nothing on the Alhambra; I’ve always felt the post would be too predictable and I wanted to wait until autumn to take my pictures.

Well I’m glad I did. Last weekend the weather was perfect for it: crisp, clear and brilliant. So up I went, armed with a ticket (€14) and my modest camera. Here are (the pick of) the results:

(click to view as slideshow)

Unlike its onset, the end of autumn couldn’t be more perceptible; temperatures plummet, hats and scarves abound, wheelie-radiators clutter people’s living rooms and it gets dark at 6pm. That transition is currently in its early stages, and this year I’ll be sure to refer back to my guide on how to survive a Spanish winter for when the big chill really sets in. Should be ok though; this year I’m actually allowed to use radiators at home!

You can buy tickets for The Alhambra either from the shop along the street leading to Plaza Nueva or from

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  • Rob November 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Great pics!, cant wait to visit Granada again, although never been in the depths of winter!

  • Melanie Murrish November 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Just beautiful-thanks for the memories!

  • Sue Sharpe November 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  • Phil Ballard November 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Haven’t been there for about 20 years … maybe it’s time! Great photos.

  • Sophie November 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

    These photos are fantastic even with your unexceptional camera.

    • Josh November 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Sophie!

  • mmtread November 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Stunning photos! The light this time of year is always a plus – you don’t have to trudge out at dawn or dusk to get those slanting shadows and the golden light. Obviously we’ll have to make it down to the Alhambra at some point, but for now we’re just enjoying autumn here in Catalonia. Every day I take my kids to school and pick them up, and the vineyards are still clinging to their leaves, catching the sun, and the masias glow in the afternoon’s rays. I have to remember to bring my camera. Almost every evening there’s a stunning sunset – so frequently that I’ve taken to leaving the camera in the house and just enjoying the show without analyzing it too much or trying to capture it on film. A beautiful post, my good man.

  • Marianne December 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Yes, autumn at the Alhambra looks lovely. I’ve only ever visited in the heat of summer when we have taken visitors, so it would be nice to go at this time of year. I should imagine the crowds are less, too.

    Can’t wait to see the Patio of Lions – last time I went it was still being refurbished 🙂

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