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.

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 Romantic Observation Point

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

  • 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.

  • 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

To reach the highest part of the Generalife you take the Water Stairway (Escalera del Agua), leftover—if substantially altered—from an earlier site, famous for its water, which flowed from the Sultan’s Canal through pipes in the walls.

Water once flowed into three circular basins from as many pipes, now lost; however, water from the Royal Canal (Acequia Real) continues to flow down inverted pan tiles along the stairway parapets.