The High Gardens

The Generalife High Gardens resemble more the traditional Andalusian house and walled garden in Granada at the time than they do a Muslim farmstead.

For your interest

  • The Lower Gardens

    The Lower Gardens connect with the Generalife Theatre (Teatro del Generalife).

  • The Palace of the Generalife

    The door has a fairly rich display of craftwork. The entrance to the palace is preceded by the sight of the markings of the traditional symbols of the hand and the key in the arch.

  • The Court of the Main Canal

    Also known as the Court of the Estuary, it is a long and narrow court.

  • The Soultana´s Court

    It is so called because the legendary romantic scenes in the novels written by Genés Pérez de Hita are believed to have been set here.

  • The Water Stairway

    It is a small stairway that is protected by vaulting laurel trees, designed in a way that would suit the needs of a medieval sultan.

  • The Romantic Observation Point

    The low-lying windows are a characteristic of Nasrid architecture.

  • The Promenade of the Oleanders

    The Promenade of the Oleanders is connected to the Promenade of the Cypress Trees.

  • Water Ponds

    The construction of the Alhambra was linked to the need to develop an effective hydraulic system.

  • The Promenade of the Cypress Trees

    Following the Promenade of the Oleander, the Promenade of the Cypress Trees takes the visitor to the place of exit.

  • The Generalife Theatre

    The Festival of Music and Dance of Granada in 1952 provided an impetus to the building of a theatre in the historical-artistic monuments complex.

Gallery Location

The gardens can be reached by taking the Stairway of the Lions (Escalera de los Leones), so called because of the two ceramic figures atop the door. The stairway dates back to the 19th century, when the steep steps were mounted to the top of the Generalife High Gardens.

The Gardens, spread across several terraces in the palatial area of the Generalife and protecting the palace at its highest point, offer a marvellous view of the entire site.

Tiny fountains with jets can be seen in the nearby parterres, with lovely specimens of magnolia trees, scented shrubs, and a carefully laid out selection of evergreen and deciduous trees that protect against the cold winds from the north the gardens, including a small, romantic botanical garden of the European humanist sort.

A visit to this area will highlight the visible contrast that exists within the Alhambra Historical-Artistic Monuments Complex, which brings together Medieval and Renaissance styles, both with traces of nostalgic Romanticism that can be appreciated here as perhaps nowhere else.

It is for this reason that a visit to the highest gardens is a must, following the Muslim stairway and descending the very much Europeanized terraced pergola.