The Generalife it was the real almunia (recreation house) of Pomegranate. Built outside the citadel of the Alhambra, on the hillside of Cerro del Sol, between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. It is a palatial complex surrounded by viewpoints, supply gardens and gardens, where the real protagonist is water. The UNESCO you have inscribed it in the list of World Heritage.
There is no agreement on the meaning of the name, “Garden or Paradise of the Architect”, “The most noble and elevated of all the orchards” or “Garden of Paradise High”, but there is no doubt about its symbolic and poetic charge.
The Palace of the Generalife, of Nasrid architecture, stands out because it has come to the present almost intact. The main feature of the gardens is its intimate character, which allows you to enjoy the surrounding landscape, and water management through the diverse techniques that the Arabs dominated: fountains, canals, ponds.
Access is made by New Gardens. The whole set is articulated in two terraces. In the low zone there are two courtyards and in the high zone there are the patios of the Acequia and the Cipreses and the Water Stairs.
The Patio de la Acequia or de la Ría, is crossed by the Acequia Real, hydraulic axis of the set. The Patio de los Cipreses or de la Sultana It has beautiful sets of fountains and pools in the center and is surrounded by a porticoed gallery from the Christian era. The Water Staircase, formed by three roundabouts joined by stairs with railings through which the fresh water that is believed to be used for ablutions of the monarch flows before the prayer in an oratory that no longer exists.
The visit to the gardens lasts about an hour and cannot be done at night. It has good access for the disabled, except for some flights of stairs. It remains open all year, except Christmas and New Year. The general admission is € 6, it is convenient to make the purchase in advance. Detailed information on the official website of the Patronage of the Alhambra.