It is possible to see the Alhambra as a shore excursion from the cruise port of Malaga, Spain. The bus ride will take you past acres of olive groves, as Spain is also a major producer of olives. When you arrive in the town of Granada, you will be charmed by the beautiful city itself, before even arriving at your destination. When using a tour, the guide will have arranged your tickets, if you are doing it on your own, be sure to pre-arrange your tickets in advance, because they do sell out.
Historically, the Alhambra dates from the 9th century, although it did not become a royal residence until the 13th century. Most of the construction that we see today is from Yusuf I & Mohammed V. The actual castle of the Alhambra
was actually added to the area inside the ramparts from the 9th century. The oldest parts of the fortress were reinforced a watch tower and the keep were added. From there the continued to be modified through the 18th century, when it was finally abandoned. The name means red castle in Arabic, and it stands in the top of a hill overlooking Granada. For more information about the Alhambra go to www.alhambradegranada.org
This UNESCO world heritage site is a worthwhile trip, whether from a cruise port, or as a destination itself.