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Half-Day Private City Tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús
"You will be picked up from your hotel or place of your choice and taken on this private excursion of Marbella and Puerto Banús. You will then be able to enjoy and admire the great architecture and sights of Marbella and Puerto Banus as well as most important and well-known monuments. The itinerary will be organized to suit your needs.Some of the monuments sights and activities:Old Town (Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo) Plaza de los Naranjos Chapel of St. John of God - Marbella Royal Hospital of Mercy Historic extension (botanic garden) Marbella’s Golde much more... Your private official tour guide and private luxury vehicle with chauffeur are at your disposal during the tour to help you enjoy the areas to the fullest and to get the most out of your experience in Marbella and Puerto Banús. your guide and vehicle will take you back to your hotel or your place of choice."""Enjoy this completely personalized private 4-hour tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús and explore the most iconic monuments and sights. Get to know these areas with your own private official tour guide and private vehicle with chauffeur. The visited sites o
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Granada Segway Tour to Albaicin and Sacromonte
"After gathering at a meeting point you can head-out on your Segway to explore the Granada districts of Albaicín and Sacromonte two of the most colorful enchanting and historical neighborhoods in the city. Ride around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Albaicín on your Segway and visit all of its hidden places including the Palace of Dar al-Horra Paseo de los Tristes San Nicholas Viewpoint and Cuesta del Chapiz.Afterward
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Granada Flamenco Show in Albaicin with Optional Dinner
"Make your own way to Sacromonte a charming neighborhood that was originally built and lived in by Spanish gypsies. Famous for its inhabited caves that are carved out of the soft slopes of Cerro de San Miguel Sacromonte is at the heart of Granada’s flamenco heritage with the caves having served as popular places for the community to dance and socialize since the 19th century.On arrival head for El Templo del Flamenco a popular cave venue that is dedicated to zambra a kind of gypsy flamenco that originated in Granada. Loosely translated as ‘party’ in Arabic
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Alhambra - Generalife Gardens Tips (79)

The Dismounting Yard of the Generalife

The name Dismounting Yard, the first courtyard of a tour of the Generalife, comes from the supposition that it was here that riders left their horses. It certainly has the appearance of a rustic corral in its simplicity, shaded by vines and climbing roses. It has a drinking trough, a stone bench and an outbuilding with twin arches (the old stable).

Here in the outlying courtyards, before seeing the Water Garden Courtyard, grapevines and climbing roses provide a canopy to shade the visitor from the harsh sun.

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dlytle
Oct 24, 2003

The New, Lower Gardens of the Generalife

Crossing the new bridge from the Alhambra, the main entrance is a long, narrow, slightly sloped lane of soft cypress trees, planted so closely together that they now form a soft dark green wall. The trees to the right have more distance between them, allowing a glimpse of seedbeds, fish ponds, and scenic gardens.

The lane ends after 325 feet (100 m) more or less. To both left and right are squares of flat stones through which trees and bushes grow. The view looks more like the ruins of an old architectural monument as its covered in trees that have forced themselves through the piles of stone. There follows an amphitheatre built from narrow, red, partly overlapping stones. Because the trees are spaced widely enough, you get the impression that the scenery behind them will be part of the stage set for an actual performance.

I climb a final flight of narrow steps and then both sides are the smoothest hedges I've ever seen. They feel like velvet, their color a soft green. About 5 feet (1.5 m) wide and about 20 feet (6 m) high, these hedges are the green walls that divide the garden into its many different rooms.

Here and there are small corners where you can sit down, elsewhere passages lead to other natural rooms. Low, neatly cut box hedges cover the floors with complex shapes. The squares are filled with perennials, the colors contrasting with the greenery.

Sometimes double hedges make up corridors. Every area is different. From ground level it is difficult to discern that the Generalife is built on a series of terraces laid out on the hill. What you are really walking through is a green palace with the sky for a roof and the rooms and halls created by living walls of shrubs. It is breathtaking once you realize that!

The picture shows one of the long tunnels of the richly scented, climbing rose-bush arches through which one meanders as you take in each special area that this garden has to offer.

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dlytle
Oct 24, 2003

Western edge of the New Gardens of the Generalife

The Generalife was built independently from the Alhambra. Its name comes from the Arabic djennat (meaning garden, orchard or paradise) and al-Arif (meaning architect or master builder), and was built sometime around the 1200s AD. Despite its age, it appears that the Generalife is well preserved.

Following the traditional path from the Alhambra to the Generalife through the Puerta del Arrabal and then along and up the steep, walled alley outside the city walls, a visitor arrives at a huge door beneath a pointed arch, opening onto the Dismounting Yard. It is the first courtyard of the tour of the Generalife. This courtyard eventually leads into the Patio de la Acequia which has a view of the ravine separating it from the Alhambra and a view of more garden terraces leading up to the highest point-- the Sultana’s Mirador Pavilion.

Here I am along the western edge of the Generalife gardens. In the background, looking west and north, you can see an assortment of beautiful roses that line this walkway leading up to the Water Garden Courtyard, the Alhambra Citadel and the old Moorish quarters nowadays called the Albaicin.

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dlytle
Oct 24, 2003

Generalife

For most of you who are going to visit in warmer weather, check out the Generalife. We did, but due to the freezing temperature & the cold flooring we tried to pass this area as fast as possible. Brrrr... At this point in time, my camera's battery was flat too. So no photos, sorry, guys...

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Sharrie
Feb 20, 2003
 
 
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On the way to GENERALIFE

Generalife was the summer residence of the Nazaries’ monarchs. It was built in the XII and XIV Centuries.There are spectacular gardens with beautiful fountains leading to the palace. The Moorish Kings that lived here came from the North of Africa, where water is a precious treasury and you can see it here.

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Maggies
Nov 23, 2002

GENERALIFE, PATIO DE LA...

GENERALIFE, PATIO DE LA ACEQUIA
The Generalife is the most charming corner of Alhambra, mainly thanks to its gardens and fast-flowing water. Patio de la Acequia (Courtyard of the Water Channel) is the name of the main courtyard.

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Maggies
Sep 12, 2002

Promenade of the Oleanders

The promenade of the Oleanders stretches for quite some distance under the shady trees of the many oleanders land line it. When in flower, the trees make quite a colourful showing.

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keeweechic
Aug 29, 2009

Court of Machuca

The Court of Machuca was named after the architect of the Charles V Palace, Pedro de Machuca who worked developing this court and lived in the tower during the 1550’s.

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keeweechic
Aug 29, 2009

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"My Granada"
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"Much More Than The Alhambra"
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"And How to fall in love with a city...."
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"Feel of Old Islam in Spain"
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The Water Stairs in the Generalife

This is a stairway where all the way down the banisters there is running water.

It is a great piece of architecture.

blint
Jan 27, 2008

The Patio of the Cypresses ( 5 photos )

This walled garden with fountain is the highlight of the Palace of the Generalife, centrally located. Additional images of the Alhambra gardens are included here

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nicolaitan
Jul 16, 2006

Generalife

Paradise for the fortunate ones according to the Koran is a leafy shaded garden. That's pretty much what this part of the Alhambra is. Very pretty, and good views over the city too.

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bonio
Jan 19, 2006

Alhambra- Generalife Gardens

Orignally started by the Sultans the gardens were later transformed into a french "Versailles" style garden by the Christian kings of Spain.

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Jul 09, 2005

Things to Do Near Granada

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Mirador de San Nicolas

Well, there were lots of interesting people around when I visited the mirador (viewpoint) of San Nicholas on a bright, sunny February afternoon. I've not seen so many dreadlocks nor so many...
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Albaicin

Facing each other, as two "twin sisters", the hills of Alhambra and Albaicin are the heart of Granada. You may either climb to the "poor" Albaicin and enjoy the large sights over the town, with the...
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Iglesia de Santa Ana

As you walk through the Plaza Nueva you will come on a beautiful old church. It is known as Iglesia de San Gil y Santa Ana. The church was constructed beginning in 1501 on the former site of an...
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Casa de los Tiros

This beautiful historic house was created in the mid sixteenth century by Gil Vazques Rengifo, after the conquest of Granada he bought a number of connected houses and remodelled them into one...
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Alhambra

It really, really is worthwhile buying these tickets online in advance. At least you will be absolutely certain you can visit on the day you choose, and can get a slot for the Nasrid Palaces (visiting...
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Sacromonte

From the 15. century until recently gipsies where living there in caves. in 1962 after some heavy flooding Franco removed them Visit the gipsy caves at Sacromonte. From the 15. century until recently...
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