Perhaps the most poignant phrase to describe the wonder that is Granada is inscribed on the ramparts of the Alhambra, a testament created in rose coloured stone to the artistically enlightened rule of the Moors:
There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada
The aptness of the phrase becomes clear when you look out over the fertile valleys and tree lined streets that cascade in whitewashed brilliance down the three hills over which the city is built.
Granada’s symbolism is not only in its almost ethereal present day beauty. Here was where Boabdil, last of the Caliphate rulers of the Province, surrendered the keys of the City to the Catholic Kings, Fernando and Isabelle, so putting to an end over 700 years of Moorish dominance of the Iberian Peninsula.