The Generalife, Granada

The Generalife, Granada (must see)

The Generalife Gardens, together with the Alhambra palace and Albayzin district, are a designated UNESCO world heritage site, and the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Granada. The Generalife formed the grounds of the Alhambra, and both were used as summer retreats for the Nasrid Emirs of Al-Andalus. Al-Andalus was an area colonized by the Moors, roughly equivalent to modern Andalucía, from the 9th to the 15th centuries. The gardens were constructed with the palace during the reign of Muhammad III in the early 14th century. Largely untouched, they have been extended by a 20th century area, landscaped in the traditional local style.

The Generalife is one of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens. It was originally linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine that lies between them. The main section of the gardens is known as the Court of the Water Channel. It is composed of a long, lily covered pool framed by colonnades, fountains and flower beds. The centre piece of the Generalife, it is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval Persian garden. Another picturesque area is the Jardin de la Sultana, where tall cypress trees surround an Arabian style fountain.

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The Generalife on Map

Sight Name: The Generalife
Sight Location: Granada, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Touring Around Alhambra  

Walking Tours in Granada, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Granada

Create Your Own Walk in Granada

Creating your own self-guided walk in Granada is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Central Granada Places of Worship Tour

Central Granada Places of Worship Tour

The city of Granada is a fine work of art just by itself. It spans from the beautiful, round shaped, miniaturist Arabic style to the angled, majestic, solid Gothic and Baroque. This tour highlights the history of art styles blended into the history of Granada, manifested in many of the local churches, monasteries and cathedrals. Take this tour to please your eye and challenge your imagination.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
A Walk in Albayzín

A Walk in Albayzín

Take a walk down the narrow, winding streets and delve into Granada's Medieval Moorish past. Albayzín is a wide, open-air museum of history and architecture. In 1984 it became a world heritage site. Get to know Granada of the Nasrid Empire era and enjoy traditional landscapes and vistas.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Museums and Historic Sites Tour of Granada

Museums and Historic Sites Tour of Granada

If you want to get to know Granada, this is the tour you have to take. It gives you the chance to learn about the city's culture and history -- from the Nasrid Empire to the Christian conquest; much as to be delighted by its architectural wonders. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy the city panorama from one of its Miradores.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Granada's Architecture Self-guided Tour

Granada's Architecture Self-guided Tour

Granada has been influenced by four major architectural styles--Moorish, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. On this tour of the city, see the Arab time lines imprinted in stone bearing the early Renaissance and Baroque accents. Be amazed by the originality and delicacy of the streets and residential areas of Granada.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Granada is home to many beautiful spots that combine natural scene with stone forms in most intricate ways. It boasts many fountains and places to rest in, read a book, sip coffee - all while enjoying the atmosphere and planning the rest of the trip. Take a tour of Granada's plazas, landmarks and most interesting museums to see the casual life of its people, and the day-by-day events in this...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Northern Granada Places of Worship Tour

Northern Granada Places of Worship Tour

The churches of Granada are living history pages, carved in stone. This tour is all about the fifteenth century monuments telling the story of remarkable men and their city, starting from the Arab empire to the Christian conquest. With the highlight of religion and history, this tour provides glimpses of the past life. Also, you can treat yourself to the breathtaking panoramas of the city from the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km