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Palacio de Generalife

The palatial summer retreat of the Alhambra is one of the world’s great gardens and a fascinating window into the lives and loves of Granada’s Moorish rulers.

Palacio de Generalife was a royal summer retreat within the Alhambra, a magnificent fortress that housed the sultans who ruled Granada until 1492. This soothing sanctuary of pools, courtyards, flower borders, mazes, topiaries and walkways is considered one of the world’s great gardens and continues to influence garden design today.

The main building is a 14th-century palace where the sultans used to relax with their harems. Tour its rooms and courtyards and then step out into the palace’s main attraction, its gardens. Enjoy a stroll in the Patio de la Acequia (Water-Garden Courtyard) among myrtle bushes, cypresses and orange trees. The focal point is a long pool surrounded by water jets that make a series of arches over it.

Enter the Patio de los Cipreses (Court of the Cypresses) a walled garden where the Sultana Zoraya is believed to have met her lover. See the trunk of a 700-year-old cypress where they are said to have enjoyed their trysts. Delight in the sight and sounds of the ponds, pools and fountains and inhale the heady scents of hundreds of colorful plant species. Pass through archways that have been created from tall cypress hedges.

To reach the upper gardens walk up the stone steps of the Water Stairway. As you do so, look to your left and right to the place where handrails should be. You’ll see channels cut into the stone where water can flow. Amble along the Promenade of the Oleanders, a shaded pathway covered by oleanders that runs along the top of the wall dividing the gardens.

Although part of the Alhambra, the Palacio Generalife is separate from the main complex. It can be reached on foot from downtown Granada or by bus. For drivers thereis free parking. The attraction is open daily and several ticket options are available depending on whether you want to see all of the Alhambra or just the palace. Check out the Alhambra’s official website for details.

There's no place anywhere exactly like Generalife. To make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of some of the best activities:

If you'd like even more activities, have a look at our Granada things to do page.


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Saray Hotel

Saray Hotel

P Enrique Tierno Galvan 4, Granada, Granada
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Zaidin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Granada Exhibition and Conference Centre, Plaza Nueva, and Granada Cathedral. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Melia Granada Hotel ¥6,516
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    Melia Granada Hotel

    Angel Ganivet 7, Granada, Granada
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Navas, Granada Cathedral, and Plaza Nueva. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 1 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 24 minutes by foot.

      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel ¥6,764
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      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

      Acera del Darro, 62, Granada, Granada
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fuentes de las Batallas and Granada Cathedral. Alhambra and Plaza Nueva are also within 1 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 26 minutes by foot.

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        Apartamentos Campo del Príncipe

        Apartamentos Campo del Príncipe

        Calle Escutia 4, Granada
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Campo del Principe Plaza and Plaza Nueva. Alhambra and Granada Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 29 minutes by foot.

          Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites ¥6,531
          Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites

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          Calle Gran Via de Colon, 25, Granada, Granada
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Calle Gran Via de Colon and Granada Cathedral. Plaza Nueva and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 16 minutes by foot.

            Parador de Granada Hotel ¥21,420
            Parador de Granada Hotel

            Parador de Granada Hotel

            Real De La Alhambra S/n, Granada, Granada
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central District, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alhambra and Generalife. Plaza Nueva and Granada Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel ¥7,666
              Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel

              Eurostars Washington Irving Hotel

              Paseo del Generalife N.10, Granada
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Granada City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carmen de los Martires Gardens, Alhambra, and Generalife. Plaza Nueva and Granada Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Palacio de Santa Inés hotel ¥7,001
                Palacio de Santa Inés hotel

                Palacio de Santa Inés hotel

                Cuesta Santa Ines 9, Granada, Granada
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Albaicín, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carrera del Darro and Plaza Nueva. Granada Cathedral and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 10 minutes. Granada Station is 23 minutes by foot.