Generalife Garden Tour, Alhambra, Granada History and Tickets

Generalife Garden, Alhambra History

History of Generalife Garden, Alhambra dates back to 12th century. Al-Ahmar, the founder of the Nasrid Dynasty, took up residence here in 1238. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, the Generalife was ideal for gardening. The place was used as a place of rest for the Muslim royalty. It was designed as a rural villa in the vicinity of the Alhambra, with decorative garden, fruit and vegetable patches, courts and other structures. Some restoration was done on Generalife’s new gardens. These new gardens, also known as Rose gardens were created between 1930 and 1931 by architect Leopoldo Torres Balbas. More here.

Generalife Gardens, Alhambra History

Walking tour in Generalife Gardens can easily take 2 hours. Check your Alhambra ticket timings; because nobody reminds you the expiry of ticket timings. The complex is huge so make a route plan for the visits. For later timed entry to the Nasrid Palace, make the visit to Generalife early, else you may have to rush through. Our time slot to Nasrid Palace of Alhambra was at 7PM, so we had ample time from 2 onwards. (please click the pics to enlarge and see them sequentially.)

Generalife Garden Alhambra



The area between Alhambra and Generalife was given a facelift. Lovely landscaped gardens. In 1931 a section resembling a labyrinth garden was created with arched rose gardens.

The sights in Generalife Garden includes summer palace Emirs (Kings), the gardens, Court of the Water Channel which has a long pool framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions, and the Jardín de la Sultana (Sultana’s Garden). The entire layout is a typical example of Arab art and how their gardens used to be. Every corner of the gardens holds a novelty, soothing colors for the eyes.

The gardens have been given face lift recently in the 1930s.

These beautiful gardens which were once built by Kings for their recreation today provide the tourists an ambiance of intimacy and tranquility to relax and unwind. The name, seems to come from the Arabic Yanat- al- Arif or Garden of the Architect, in a clear poetical-religious symbolism that refers to God, Allah, as an architect, the creator of the universe.

The buildings of the Generalife Garden are quite solid, but simple in design. There are only some decorative motifs of plaster work, which are not very varied, but are exquisitely fine and tasteful.

View of Granada city from the windows of the palace is mind blowing.


The cooling water gardens are gorgeous and relaxing and there are those taps with cool drinking water at a couple of place. But still it is advisable to carry your own water. I have seen other beautiful gardens in this world but definitely not something as BIG as this.

Court of the Water Channel in Generalife Garden of Alhamra is a classic moorish water feature. The Moorish Kings that lived here came from the North of Africa, where water is a precious treasury and that is probably the reason why water bodies are given so much importance.


It was like a dream walking along the Promenade of the Oleanders of generalife garden, a long path, covered with oleander. It crosses the upper wall that separates the vegetable gardens and runs into the Promenade of the Cypress Trees.(please click the pics to enlarge and see them sequentially.)

In 1952, the outdoor amphitheater was built for the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance, which as been held there ever since.


Generalife Garden tickets price

Generalife Garden visiting hours

  • November-February: Monday-Sunday: 08:30-18:00 h.
  • March-October: Monday-Sunday: 08:30 – 20:00 h.


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35 Responses

  1. Very well maintained gardens!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    Ah, another beautiful place!! I do have lovely memories of Granada!! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty and the fun!! Hope your week is going well, Indrani!! Enjoy!!

  3. The gardens look stunning Indrani! And thanks for the detailed background to them 🙂

  4. Wow, those manicured hedges and carefully tended gardens are just beautiful. The vine covered walkway is like something from a fairy tale!

  5. Really wonderful captures, Indrani. I always love your historical account & other info regarding the place. Good job, as usual. 🙂

  6. This garden is awesome!!!

  7. Sri Kri says:

    Love your way of presentation.Stunning shots.Thanks for sharing.

  8. A wonderful account of the place. Amazing captures.

  9. The place looks so vivaciously beautiful.. thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Wonderful gardens…i am sure after reading this post people would be better placed to manage their time and arrangements when in Granada.

  11. Simply beautiful. Greenery always please our eyes and so do these wonderful views. 🙂

  12. Really wonderful captures, Indrani Ji . Your Historical posts are always a glimpse to learn something . Here your pictures are really incredible . the one in which trees are cut in design is very beautiful and unique .

  13. Gattina says:

    Very beautiful !

  14. Congratulations Indrani with you visit to the Generalife Garden in the Alhambra of Granada. We were there different times in the 80's and 90's, but the problem now that you have to reserved your tickets. Last thursday we flying back to Holland and stay her till the end of august. The temperatures are in the Netherlands better than in de South of Spain.
    And her we have the grandchildren!!
    Love and greetings Albert and Mara

  15. Loved the virtual trip through the once royal garden of Alhambra. The historical backdrop makes the narration even more interesting Indrani.

  16. Beautiful garden and very well-maintained…. 🙂

  17. nice to know so much about wonderful places

  18. magiceye says:

    Beautiful pictures and interesting information

  19. Uppal says:

    Neat,very well composed images of the lovely garden!

  20. Wonderful captures of a beautiful garden.

  21. lovely lovely lovely, you've got some awesome favourites; have a good Thursday

    much love…

  22. Enjoyed reading the detailed account of the place! And the striking photos so compliment the write-up.

  23. D.Nambiar says:

    So well kept. The geometrical hedges look interesting.
    And wow– what lovely views.

  24. wow would love to see those gardens! I did a garden as well but compared to this?wow! lovely photos!

  25. Gorgeous pictures. Love reading the historical part:)

  26. Beautiful picture gallery 🙂

  27. Stunning captures,and the detailed discription of history behind it is appreciating.Beautiful lush green gardens very well maintained worth watching.

  28. Nisha Jha says:

    Looks like the place belonged to you. I can see very few people. When I went there, it was too crowded to get a decent shot.

    Time to visit again? 😉

  29. Fantastic Pictures of gardens.. Great Photographs!

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