The Palacio de Generalife (Arabic جنة العارف, DMG Ǧannat al - ʿ Arif, garden of [God ] the knower ') was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid sultans of Granada. He was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.


The palace and its gardens were built in the 13th century and rebuilt already under Ismail I ( 1313-1324 ).

The complex consists of the Patio de la Acequia ( Court of the water channel ), which has a long pool of water, surrounded by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions, and the Jardín de la Sultana ( Sultana garden ). The former is considered the best example of a medieval garden in Al -Andalus. Originally the Generalife via a covered walkway across the ravine was away connected to the Alhambra. The Generalife is one of the oldest remaining Moorish gardens.

The present-day gardens were started by Francisco Prieto Moreno in 1931 and completed in 1951. The sidewalks were paved in the traditional style of Granada with a mosaic of pebbles, whites from the river Darro and black from the Genil.