Generalife, Granada

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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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  • Not as good as the Alhambra itself, but still worth visiting the summer palace. You get some good views of the Alhambra. The Generalife has undergone an awful lot of renovation and not all of it good.  more »
  • Truly a must see for those who visit Andalusia-especially when everything in bloom speaks this magnificent palaces grounds to the imagination!
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  • The generalife complex is located next to the Nasrid palaces. The summer villa surrounded by gardens and orchards that invite you to spend a good time in peace. It is a very beautiful and full of positive energy. Any time of the year is good to visit the Generalife.
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  • Must be really nice... If you booked your ticket 3 months in advance. Don't plan to come here in Spring 2019 as it is fully-booked till end of June 2019
  • Magical place full of history and beautiful sights. Highly recommended. Dedicate a full day to visit the whole buildings in the site so you can enjoy fully the experience.
  • Generalife, a part of Alhambra, was a summer leisure residence of emirs. Surrounded by beautiful gardens with many fountains. Unforgettable memories related to the walk in them.
  • The most beautiful gardens ever visited. The views across to Alhambra, over Granada were fabulous. Such historic buildings, the detailing, planting, fountains + arches. Very busy, of course but we went early + stayed all day. Wear comfy shoes +take a cold drink + food! Everywhere seems to be wheelchair accessible, paths were in good condition. There are public toilets but you've a good walk between times. Thoroughly recommend. We'll worth cost.
  • Beautiful place to visit, one of the most iconic places in Granada, think it would be better to visit during spring so the gardens are full of life
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