Have you ever dreamed of the Alhambra in Granada? Of magnificent palaces, Moorish gardens and breathtaking views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada?

The Alhambra is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and one of the most visited monuments in Spain. It was the residence of the Moorish kings of Granada for over 700 years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In this blog article, we will take you on a journey into the fascinating world of the Alhambra. We will delve into its rich history and significance, admire its unique architecture and discover anecdotes and legends that surround this magical building.

Immerse yourself in the history of the Alhambra

The Alhambra was built in the 13th century by the Nasrids, the last Moorish dynasty on the Iberian Peninsula. It was originally a fortress, a palace and a religious centre.

Famous rulers such as Muhammad ibn Nasr and Yusuf I shaped the Alhambra and turned it into one of the most magnificent buildings of the Middle Ages. After the Reconquista, the reconquest of Granada by the Christians in 1492, the Alhambra served as the residence of the Castilian kings.

Today, the Alhambra tells the story of a multicultural society in which Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in peace.

An architectural marvel

The Alhambra is a unique example of Islamic architecture.
The palaces and gardens are adorned with delicate ornamentation, intricate calligraphy and artistic mosaics.

The Patio de los Leones, the Lions’ Courtyard, with its famous fountain and twelve lion statues, is one of the most famous landmarks of the Alhambra.

The gardens of the Generalife, with their cascading water basins, flowerbeds and fragrant orange trees, offer an oasis of peace and relaxation.

The Alhambra is a work of art that combines architecture, garden design and poetry.


Anecdotes and legends

The Alhambra is shrouded in anecdotes and legends.
There are tales of princesses in love and brave knights, of hidden treasures and magical powers. One of the best-known stories is

The Legend of the Patio de los Leones

This legend tells the story of Zaira, a beautiful and kind Arab princess who lived with her cruel and ruthless father in the Alhambra palace in Granada. Zaira’s father kept her isolated and forbade her from having any social contact.

One day, a young man named Arturo leaped over the wall into the garden where Zaira was staying. They fell in love immediately, but Zaira knew that her father would kill Arturo if he found out.

Despite Zaira’s pleas, her father captured Arturo and sentenced him to death. When Zaira discovered the truth about her father’s past and his murder of the previous king and queen, she was filled with rage. The curse of her talisman was activated, and her father and his 11 men were turned into stone lions.

The patio where the lions were located became known as the “Patio de los Leones” (Courtyard of the Lions). Zaira eventually found her beloved Arturo and they lived happily ever after.


The Alhambra is an integral part of Spanish culture and identity and a visit to the Alhambra is an unforgettable experience for every lover of Spain and language student.

At our language school in Granada, located in the Albaicín, you will learn Spanish in the midst of this fascinating environment.
Come with us on a language holiday to Granada and discover the magic of the Alhambra!