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Generalife, Granada

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Must see · World heritage site · Garden · Historic Site
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Learn interesting details about the history and heritage of the city with a tour of Generalife, the summer palace and lush gardens of the Nasrid Emirs who once controlled this area. This expansive estate, built between 1302 and 1309, features one of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens in the country, positioned on a hill at the rear of the complex overlooking the famous Alhambra palace. Inside the gardens are colorful flower beds, exquisite architecture, cascading fountains, sparkling ponds, and cool shaded areas. A symbol of the city, this well-preserved estate is an important part of a protected World Heritage Site and one of the main attractions inside the vast complex. The grounds hold numerous secondary sights as well, many of them just little off the beaten path. Advance booking is advised, as access to various areas is strictly limited on a daily basis. Work out when and for how long to visit Generalife and other Granada attractions using our handy Granada trip itinerary builder website.
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  • A great place to spend several hours wandering through the magnificent gardens, landscaping and historic buildings. 
    A great place to spend several hours wandering through the magnificent gardens, landscaping and historic buildings.  more »
  • You have the option to buy just a general entry ticket or to buy a ticket with the Generalife included. This is worth it so make sure to buy the entry ticket for both or your visit to Alhambra will... 
    You have the option to buy just a general entry ticket or to buy a ticket with the Generalife included. This is worth it so make sure to buy the entry ticket for both or your visit to Alhambra will...  more »
  • We had an excellent English speaking guide who brought all the history to life and explained how the Generalife fitted in with the Alhambra 
    We had an excellent English speaking guide who brought all the history to life and explained how the Generalife fitted in with the Alhambra  more »
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  • Nice gardens but it is too crowded to enjoy, even with drizzle on the day packed with people trying to all get the same picture and just standing still in entrance ways to get their pictures. Least favourite part of the Alhambra.
  • Lots of gardens which are well maintained, with water a clear focus as most have fountains to aid cooling and providing a wonderful calmness. Don't be surprised to find a snake or two enjoying the cool water.
  • Inside the Alhambra, this place is beautiful worth the visit for sure. The map of the area is very confuse and the whole Alhambra is huge so take some good time to visit everything.
  • Beautiful space. Lovely gardens. Great view from the top.
  • Great place too disorganized, too many times asking for tickets and passport, too slow to enter. And every day appears to be the same

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