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Skip The Line Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Guided Tour
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Alhambra and Generalife Small-Group Guided Tour in Granada. Skip the line
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Priority Access to Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada
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Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide
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Skip the Line: Alhambra Palace Tour with Generalife Gardens
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5 Day Guided Tour Andalusia and Toledo from Barcelona
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5 Day Guided Tour Andalusia and Toledo from Barcelona

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See the many faces of Spain on this comprehensive 5-day tour from Barcelona. Visit Zaragoza before spending the night in cosmopolitan Madrid. Travel through La Mancha to Cordoba, visiting the famous Mosque and Jewish Quarter. Explore the scenic parks, plazas, and monuments of Sevilla. Head to Granada to tour the stunning Alhambra, a UNESO World Heritage Site. Discover the rich history of Toledo as you walk its narrow streets on the final stop of your trip.
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan. 2021
United Kingdom3,534 contributions2,518 helpful votes
This was the summer palace and country estate, where the Sultan and his family went when they needed some R&R - a sort of medieval version of a wellness retreat. It stands apart from the Alhambra palaces and is a 15 min stroll uphill through cypress tree-lined avenues and terraced gardens. What you see is not strictly a Moorish structure. Much of it was added by Spanish aristocratic owners in the 19th century. The upper floors at either end of the courtyard, the windows in the courtyard wall and the long rows of fountains were all later additions. The best view is when you first enter. If you stand behind the five slender arches of the portico, you look straight down a central pool through arched jets of water towards the Generalife. It’s a perfectly symmetrical and beautifully balanced view, framed by bougainvillea and hedged myrtle and cypresses. The walkway on your left, has a series of 18 arched windows, with yet more views, looking across to the Alhambra. We went here at the very end of our Alhambra visit. Unlike the Nasrid Palaces, you don’t have to book a time slot for the Generalife. Leaving this part till the end, worked really well because we had no time constraints and were free to enjoy the gardens. It is such a tranquil area, that it would not have been the same if we were rushing through it at the start of our visit and trying to keep an eye on the time. Instead, we were able to wander through long shady topiary arches and stroll through the Generalife corridors and gardens. Interestingly, on the slopes below the Generalife, heritage vegetable gardens have been re-introduced. In medieval times, these gardens would have supplied the palaces with all sorts of produce, such as beans, herbs, aubergines and artichokes, fruits and pomegranates, walnuts and almonds. Many of the plants would have served medicinal purposes as well as food supplies. As we made our way from the upper gardens to the lower ones, we came across the unusual Escalera de Agua (Water Stairs). This was a strange combination of water feature & staircase. The handrails had wide channels which allowed a constant flow of water to tumble down the three flights. TICKETS: * You can buy a ticket separately for entry to the Generalife only but most people buy the General Entry ticket (€14.85) which gives access to the whole Alhambra complex. * Make sure you keep your entry ticket handy because you’ll need to show it at the Nasrid palaces and the Alcazabar as well.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Vadim wrote a review Nov. 2020
Murmansk, Russia19,775 contributions2,475 helpful votes
Review of: Generalife
Not getting to the Alhambra the day before, I came to the opening in the morning and immediately went to the Generalife, so I was able to take a few photos without tourists, which is difficult in a crowded Alhambra. Built above the Alhambra level, the Generalife gardens (literally the architect's gardens) were the Sultan's summer residence. The summer residence was built under the second Sultan of the Nazarí dynasty, Muhammad II (1273-1302). Generalife is an image of Paradise in the view of Muslims. The path from the entrance is through the so-called new gardens - "Paseo de los Cipreses", the fruit of the work of Francisco Prieto Moreno, started in 1931. The paths are laid out with two-color mosaics. The stones are taken from 2 rivers of Granada: black from Genil, white from Darro. Paths lead you to two gardens that are the main object of interest: Patio de la Acequia and Jardin da La Sultana. Patio de la Acequia - "Courtyard of the stream", perhaps the most photogenic part of Generalfe.It serves as the entrance to the nasrid architectural ensemble.For Yard Acacia is arched portico. It leads to the Royal hall, which is richly decorated with clay stucco. The premises here are much more modest, because they served for the privacy of the sultans and did not involve publicity. The hall leads to the observation deck, created in the XIV century. From the Royal hall, climbing the stairs, you get to the Jardín de la Sultana.built in the XIII-XIV centuries. Its second name - "Cypress court", Hardin da La Sultana is considered the best-preserved garden in Muslim Spain. Continuing up the Lion's staircase, we enter the high gardens of the Palace. To do this, you need to go up the water stairs (Escalera del Agua), originally built to connect the Generalife with a small chapel located at the top of the slope. Having taken a photo of the Alhambra located opposite through the ravine, the inspection of the Generalife can be considered complete...
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Aurélia S wrote a review Oct. 2020
7 contributions5 helpful votes
The architect's gardens are not to be missed. They are so relaxing and so impressive. Everything there is magnificent.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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THE TRAVELLER wrote a review Sep. 2020
Malaga, Spain9,447 contributions2,663 helpful votes
Beautiful gardens at the Alhambra palace. Wonderful display of flowers and greenery. Water features too well worth visiting.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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FTMDave wrote a review Sep. 2020
Adria, Italy4,247 contributions333 helpful votes
Part of the Alhambra complex, the Generalife boasts gorgeously beautiful gardens and stunning views of the rest of the complex & of Granada.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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