The Generalife Garden of the Architect

The Generalife is situated on the hill Cerro del Sol, across from the Alhambra. Although it was the home of the royal family who rebuilt it at a later period, it was originally it was the architect’s house.

The Generalife

The Generalife is composed of a series of large gardens, where every corner holds a novelty and a pleasant surprise for the eyes, with a minimum of obtrusive buildings.

Some buildings within the Generalife are ‘parasitic’ structures, the work of later Christian hands, such as the West Gallery in the eastern part of the gardens, and two levels that rise at the northern headwall.

The Patio is the true heart of the Generalife. Here, Arab sensuality becomes sparse yet spiritual.

The most beautiful and striking features in the Generalife gardens are the plants, the water with its continuous interplay with light, and its sounds.

Mid October to Mid March : Monday-Sunday: 08:30-18:00
Mid March to Mid October: Monday-Sunday: 08:30 – 20:00
Morning Visit (8:30-14:00) or Afternoon Visit (14:00-18:00/20:00).

How much time I would need to see the Generalife?
1-2 hours is enough to see the gardens.

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