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. Add Generalife to your Granada travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Granada holiday planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Essential to complete the visit to the Alhambra, beautiful gardens and buildings overlooking the city
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  • August 20, 2017
    Complete tour included with the entrance to the alhambra. End of the trail, very nice place, architecture and beautiful gardens.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Even after a long visit to the Alhambra, go up to the Generalife. The way shady to get there is nice. Then the gardens are beautiful and allow to escape.
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  • No words can describe such an amazing place!! That's really heaven on earth !
  • A beautiful, amazing and nice place ....
  • Beautiful scenery and architecture. Book tickets in advance before you arrive in Granada otherwise you may not get to see everything.
  • You get to see some beautiful gardens and cool fresh air. Great view of the city from this vantage point. Plan ahead because this site and others in the complex are extremely popular and tickets gets sold quickly. So purchase yours a few months before coming here.
  • A very famous and iteresting Palace. A must-see for everyone in Granada.

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Where to stay in Granada

Granada is built in a valley looking up to the majestic Alhambra, and most visitors choose to stay where the view can be admired. Plaza Nueva, just down the hill from the Alhambra entry gates, constitutes the touristic center of the city. Many of the famous free-tapas bars and lively restaurants line this famous plaza, as well as a number of small hotels and apartment rentals. Found directly behind the plaza are the city's two historical old Moorish quarters, Albayzín and El Sacramonte, which are characterized by their narrow winding streets and picturesque whitewashed buildings. Here you'll find a number of charming hotels with hillside views of the Alhambra and city center.
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