The Generalife of Granada - History, Prices, Opening Hours of the Gardens

What is the Generalife? The Generalife are the only example of Arab art which gives us an approximate idea of how these gardens used to be, where the Arab spirit, in all its sensually instinctive and improvised construction, was finally carried away.

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History of Generalife

The name 'Generalife' means 'garden of the architect'. The Generalife is located on the hill Cerro del Sol, adjacent to the Alhambra. Originally it was most probably an architect's house that later passed to the royal family and was remodelled.

view of generalife and alhambra 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.

Where to Buy Tickets to the Generalife and Opening Hours

Find information on purchasing entrances to the Generalife in Alhambra Tickets

green gardens of generalife in alhambra of granada

There are nighttime and daytime visits, to see more information about these visits see Alhambra opening hours page.

Generalife Entrance Prices

generalife patios ▸ General admission (Alhambra and Generalife): 14,00 euros.

▸ Generalife (Alcazaba and gardens): 7,00 euros.

▸ Generalife at night: 8 euros.

▸ Children under 12 years old and disabled: free.

There is a fee of 0,42 - 0,85 euros per ticket, if you are buying on the Internet.

Location and How to Reach the Generalife

map of the location of the generalife en grandaa


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