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Generalife, Granada

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Must see · World heritage site · Garden · Historic Site
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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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  • Wonderful gardens and a palace with lovely views are the capstone of The Alhambra, the most magnificent site seen in my decades of travel. It was a bit of a haul for me to reach it as the Alhambra is....  more
    Wonderful gardens and a palace with lovely views are the capstone of The Alhambra, the most magnificent site seen in my decades of travel. It was a bit of a haul for me to reach it as the Alhambra is....  more »
  • Our main reason for taking a holiday in this part of Spain was to visit Generalife and The Alhambra and we weren't disappointed. 
    Our main reason for taking a holiday in this part of Spain was to visit Generalife and The Alhambra and we weren't disappointed.  more »
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  • Immense. I have no idea why the place I’d named Generalife. Sounds like a crackpot pill being sold my a Trump pilot fish on Fox News in America. I think it refers to the grounds of Alhambra. I enjoyed the grounds more than the castles and museums. I spend summers riding through Europe on motorcycles and I’ve overdosed on castles and museums. I love the traveling and the natural beauty. The grounds are pretty nice. Formal. It would be nicer if they would identify the more spectacular plantings. In Spanish, English, and the proper botanical Latin. When I see places like this I become uncomfortably and acutely aware that all great empires were built on slave labor. It all winds up in and as museums.
  • Generalife is a very beautifully designed and well maintained garden. You can see the ingenuity of the gardeners from the combination of various tall trees, bushes and flowers, among the fountains, ponds and small yards. Although it is always flooded with tourists and it can be really difficult to take good pictures, still it’s very worth the visit.

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