Gardens

The Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and Generalife has extensive gardened land of around 12 ha. Cultivated spaces, gardens, palaces and other areas with buildings create a perfect symbiosis.
The Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and Generalife has extensive
gardened land of around 12 ha. Cultivated spaces, gardens, palaces and other areas with buildings create a perfect symbiosis capable of generating spaces with a changing, temporary nature, where the vegetable component plays a predominant role, providing decorative elements, sophistication and symbolism.

The management of the gardened areas of the Alhambra and Generalife
involves a meticulous monitoring process, with the objective of preserving and maintaining its values and identifying qualities.

The origin of the gardens of the Alhambra originates with the cultural legacy of Al-Andalus. Currently, the gardens of the Monumental Complex are the results of the overlapping of different historical periods which left their mark on the monument over time, a reflection of the passage of different periods and
fashions. It is therefore possible to locate gardens from different historical periods, ranging from medieval Islamic gardens to 21 st century gardens.

The medieval Islamic gardens, in particular the Nasrid royal gardens, were characterized by being multifunctional spaces, where business was mixed with pleasure, science and art. These gardens became ideal places for undertaking agricultural, botanical, artistic and leisure activities, of both distant and Mediterranean cultures.