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Generalife, Granada

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Architectural Building
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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  • I really didn't know about this building inside the Alhambra complex. The gardens were spectacular. I had the impression we passed far too fast through to really enjoy it. It was beautiful.  more »
  • Worth admiring gardens! You get there and you see this combination of green, water, relaxation... want to have this photo saying I was there. Beautiful
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  • It is beautiful! Go in spring season so that you are able to see the flowers :) this is a must visit after the Alhambra area of palaces  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing place, you can see how summer gardens of the sultan of Granada looked like, and you can also see more modern parts. There are fountains, small lakes, here you don´t need to hurry but rather to stay longer and enjoy its beauty
  • A magic atmosphere, thanks to the beautiful plants and fountains, the geometrical design, and the fresh air coming from the Sierra Nevada. I recommend to stay here until half an hour before sunset in order to take the bus to Mirador de San Nicolas (in Albaicin, 5 minutes) and watch it from another point of view, looking right the Alhambra towers bathing in the red light.
  • Perfect. Great gardens and fountains. A beautiful view to the city of Granada. Unfortunately still a lot of people of the end of September. Simon Visit my website: www.noireblanc.de
  • Very nice and well maintained gardens inside the complex everybody knows as the Alhambra. Walking trough here is relaxing and give you piece of mind. Reaching the "friend house" and exploring some bits was great. I cannot imagine what the life coins have been back in time. During the spring time there are limited flowers, so the visit may be less worth for some.