- Lower Gardens.
- Summer palace of the Nasrid royal family.
- Patio of the Descavoring.
- Patio de la Guardia.
- Patio de la Acequia.
- Courtyard of the Sultana's Cypress.
- Paseo de las Adelfas.
- Walk of the Cypresses.
- Palace of Carlos V.
- Tower of Arms.
- Tower of the Candle.
Our visit will begin in what was once the summer residence of the Nasrid sultans of Granada. The Generalife, or Yannat-al-Arif in Arabic, meaning Architect’s Garden.
We will walk through the lower gardens, with their canals and ornamental fountains, crossing the labyrinth and rose garden to arrive at the summer palace of the Royal Nasrid family, where we will visit the Patio del Descabalgamiento and the Patio de la Guardia, as well as its most famous Patio de la Acequia, with its original canal adorned with water arches, and the delightful garden, which combines the smell, colour and flavour of flowers, fruits and aromatic herbs.
We shall then continue towards the Patio del Ciprés de la Sultana, a place filled with romance and evocative legends, before climbing up to the high gardens, where we will get up close to the imposing water stairway and the oldest trees of the Generalife, Sequoias and Magnolias.
We will then head down towards the garden exit via the beautiful Oleanders and Cipreses walkways, which were added to the complex towards the end of the nineteenth century, to reach the Palace of Charles V, a jewel of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Here, we will stop to admire both its façade and its impressive, surprising, classical and somewhat solemn patio, endowed with extraordinary acoustics on account of its circular inner shape, which makes it the best and most beautiful concert venue in all of Granada.
From there, will will head towards the Alcazaba, the oldest part of the monumental complex. This military fortress, the origin of everything, was the residence of the military garrison, as well as the presumed residence of Alhamar I, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty.
Here, you can explore its archaeological remains and take in in the impressive views of the city from its main towers, which include, Torre de la Armas and Torre de la Vela, a symbol and historic icon of the city of Granada.