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Generalife, Granada

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Must see · World heritage site · Garden · Architectural Building
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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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  • Stunning gardens and palace next to Alhambra. You can get a sense of the intrigues that will have gone on in this place, across the little valley. Gardens slowly being restored to recall more of... 
    Stunning gardens and palace next to Alhambra. You can get a sense of the intrigues that will have gone on in this place, across the little valley. Gardens slowly being restored to recall more of...  more »
  • The Generalife gardens are beautiful. We visited in spring so all the flowers blossomed. If you enter early it still is quiet. The views over Granada are worth it alone 
    The Generalife gardens are beautiful. We visited in spring so all the flowers blossomed. If you enter early it still is quiet. The views over Granada are worth it alone  more »
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  • Lots of gardens which are well maintained, with water a clear focus as most have fountains to aid cooling and providing a wonderful calmness. Don't be surprised to find a snake or two enjoying the cool water.
  • 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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