The Generalife at the Alhambra

The Alhambra is huge, with lots to see, hence three posts. The Generalife is mainly about the gardens.

There are lots of gardens, with lots to see. Including views of the rest of the Alhambra.

Alhambra tickets and logistics

The Alhambra is huge and a variety of tickets are available. We purchased the 72-hour version of the Granada Card which included all parts of the Alhambra, several other local sights, and nine bus trips. We didn't see all the sights (we hit most of them) or use all the bus trips and still felt it convenient and cost effective. To see the Nazrid Palaces (which you should) you need to choose a date and time as access is limited. We found the Love Granada website very useful in planning our visit to Granada.

The gardens have a variety of decorative plants and water features plus extensive food growing areas such as orchards. It was a long day with lots of walking, much of it in the rain. But we made it despite my bum knee. One kid was not so lucky. He slipped and fell in one of the fountains.

The top right photo is of the water stairs, so called because water runs down the center of the handrails on either side.

This “green” roof is between the Generalife and the paths that access the rest of the Alhambra. It takes a while to walk from point to point, so factor that into your schedule. Our timeslot for the Nazrid Palaces was at 1:30PM so we went to the Generalife first, followed by the alcazaba and museum, then the palaces.

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