Paseo de los Nogales, between orchards and ditches

01/07/2009

The Patronato de la Alhambra has opened to the public the Paseo de los Nogales in the Generalife, after being closed since January, 2008, because of the works of remodeling and conditioning. Now, visitors can enjoy a tour combining the medieval orchards and Nasrid ditches.

The Andalusian Regional Government delegate in Granada, Jesús Huertas, and the Director of the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife, María del Mar Villafranca, have recently opened the new remodeled stretch of the Paseo de los Nogales in the Generalife, from the principal access to the Complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife up to the final rotunda of the Paseo (pathway), connected by an Adarve (Islamic pathway) to the slope called Cuesta de los Chinos.

In the archaeological monitoring realized during the works of ground movement for the plumbing trenches, there were detected archaeological remains that made necessary to slightly modify the initial Project. Among other aspects, the location of the channel for the Acequia Real (Royal Canal) of the Alhambra could be identified (branch that was supplying the entire Palace Complex with water) and the different channels that this branch has had along its history.

As a result of such important archaeological discovery, works were carried out for making the Nasrid Canal visible for the public, making compatible the exhibition of the archaeological remains with the maintenance of the cypresses and the visitors' tours along the Paseo de los Nogales.

Furthermore, the Departamento de Jardines y Bosques (Department of Gardens and Forests) of the Patronato de la Alhambra has realized an important work of remodeling the gardens placed between the Theater of the Generalife and the Orchards, making the views of the whole enclosure and of the Albaizín quarter enjoyable from the Paseo de los Nogales.