The Gardens of Alhambra probably cover more of the city than the Palaces. Not surprising as the gardens were developed over many centuries gradually taking over buildings and existing gardens. Not sure how the name Generalife Palace came about, maybe because these gardens became the peaceful retreats for Granada’s Monarchs.
Water and shade play a large part of the gardens architecture as does the mix of plants, plants that would find life difficult outside the walls. We soon got used to Oranges and Lemons on fruit trees, not something we see in the UK, but the biggest surprise were the Pomegranate Trees laden with fruit. So come on take a stroll in the garden…
Commanding wide vistas in every direction the gardens will not disappoint.
It is from here on high above the plains that surround that you also get to see the modern Granada laid out below. Sadly our trip to Alhambra was over and after an early start, a late finish was in store and the knowledge that we would have to plan to come back to Granada of the Moors.
(C) David Oakes 2018