This is one of the 3 Nasrid palaces that make up the Alhambra complex. The Comares Palace was built in the 1300s as the official residence of the Sultan. This was where the throne room was located and where he received guests and dignitaries. It was designed to impress. Once you enter, you follow a one-way path through the palaces. First you pass through the the darkened passageways of the Mexuar, before coming to the Comares palace, where you will see:
1. the Patio de los Arrayanes (Courtyard of Myrtles) - a bright, open and serenely beautiful space with a long reflection pool running down the middle
2. the Sala de la Barca (Hall of the Boat), a reception area leading through to the Ambassadors’ Hall.
3. The Hall of Ambassadors & the stunning celestial ceiling. It is an incredible star-scape that recreates the heavens.
4. Comares Tower
Throughout the palace, the walls are covered with geometrically patterned, multi-coloured tiles (azulejos) and ivory coloured stucco plaster with rows and rows of poetic Arabic inscriptions, quotes from the Koran, and praises to God. It’s easy to be overwhelmed. It really is as beautiful as it sounds.
TICKETS – Tickets for the Nasrid palaces are timed. We booked an early time slot and went here first. This worked really well because we spent so much more time there than we’d imagined. The other areas (Generalife, museum, Alcazabar) don’t have timed entry slots, so once we’d seen the Nasrid palaces, we were free to see them at our leisure, with no time constraints. Whatever you do, don’t miss your time slot or you risk missing out altogether.