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Generalife, Granada

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Must see · World heritage site · Garden · Historic Site
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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  • This was the summer palace and country estate, where the Sultan and his family went when they needed some R&R - a sort of medieval version of a wellness retreat. It stands apart from the Alhambra...  more »
  • The architect's gardens are not to be missed. They are so relaxing and so impressive. Everything there is magnificent.  more »
  • Beautiful gardens at the Alhambra palace. Wonderful display of flowers and greenery. Water features too well worth visiting.  more »
  • The most beautiful sight in Granada. The gardens and the buildings are ravishing. Wear comfortable shoes and take something to eat, there are drinking fountains. Always buy tickets online if you want to avoid the queue.
  • The gardens are just gorgeous. This is done with very good taste. Good thing also is that it's not too crowded. Absolutely loved my visit and would highly recommend.
  • Beautiful place to visit. Lots of wonderful architecture and history. Take a hat, some water along with comfortable shoes.
  • One of most beautiful royal garden I have even seen. The garden planning is wonderfully integrated with landscape. Layer by layer, interplay with different elements, objects etc. Now is late June, Visitors can thoroughly enjoy themselves during the day. But make sure you have enough time, at least 3 and 1/2 hour I would suggest, to walk through the Generalife.
  • Exceptionally beautiful, but be prepared for many people to be there with you. That perfect Insta photo may take a bit to capture.

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