Generalife Gardens of Granada
The Generalife is a set of gardens, buildings and courtyards that were used by the Muslim kings of Granada and place of rest. It was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984.
Generalife Gardens are now integrated in the Alhambra, although by the time they were built (XII-XIV centuries), they were located outside the perimeter of the Granada Muslim.
Access to the Generalife is performed by the so-called New Garden. Continuing through the garden, there are two courtyards of entry: the Courtyard of Dismount, so named for having a bank using riders to get off their mounts and the Acequia courtyard, traversed by the Acequia Real, which bore the water gardens and the Alhambra.
From the bottom of the Acequia courtyard the Sala Regia is accessed, beautifully decorated with plaster, and then to the courtyard of cypress Sultana, where legend says that King Boabdil´s wife had secret meetings with a gentleman.
Then climb the ladder of the Lions, one arrives at the Upper Gardens, where we will find another ladder, known as Water Flush by its ingenious system of water pipeline to carry water to the gardens of the Acequia Real.
The visit to the Generalife Gardens includes the Promenade of the Cypress Trees, the Secano (“Dryland”), the Gardens of the Monastery of San Francisco, the Alcazaba, the Partal and the Palace of the Generalife (the Court of the Main Canal, The Sultana’s Court and Water Stairway).
Opening Hours Generalife Gardens:
March 15th through October 14th:
Monday to Sunday: from 8:30 am to 2 pm (morning ticket) and from 2 pm to 8 pm (afternoon ticket).
October 15th through March 14th:
Monday to Sunday: from 8:30 am to 2 pm (morning ticket) and from 2 pm to 6 pm (afternoon ticket).
Opening Hours Generalife Gardens
Ticket Price Generalife Gardens:
General admission: 6 €