What an unbelievable place! I would highly recommend touring the Alhambra with a guide since without the detailed explanation, the beauty would not be missed but the understanding of the background would be limited. We began with a visit to the Generalife where the Sultan would go to relax so it was never a living quarter. Between the Generalife and the Palace itself were several gardens--formal, informal and food gardens. We especially noted the bitter lemon trees and the pomegranate trees.....so different from what we know at home. The Palace with its intricately decorated walls, ceilings and arches of stucco or tiles or carved wood is an amazing "wonder." I was especially charmed by the use of water to reflect the architecture as part of the decor.