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Moorish Andalucía

Forget the beaches: Andalucía’s most alluring attractions are inland, where reminders of Spain’s Moorish legacy linger in the region’s Islamic palaces, gardens and street culture.
The Alhambra against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada
PHOTOGRAPHS: ALAN CAPSON/AWL IMAGES, MATTEO COLOMBO/AWL IMAGES, STEFANO BROZZI/SIME/4CORNERS, SUSAN E DEGGINGER/ALAMY, HISHAM IBRAHIM/GETTY

Palace-forts & gardens

GRANADA’S ALHAMBRA 1

The Alhambra enchants tourist pilgrims with its marquetry ceilings, geometric tiling and countless patios, trickling fountains and pools. Book ahead to minimise queueing; entry to the Palacios Nazaríes is by preallocated time slots only (alhambratickets.es; 8.30am– 8pm, to 6pm mid-Oct to midMar; advance tickets £12).

The formal gardens are among the crown jewels of the Alcázar
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