We had afternoon tickets for the Alhambra, with a timed entrance to the Palacios Nazaries at 6:30. We purchased our tickets online about 3 weeks in advance, and all the earlier entry times were sold out. The Generalife is about a km from the Alcazaba and the Palacios Nazaries, so we started with the Generalife to minimize our walking.
The Patio de la Acequia, Patio of the Irrigation Ditch, is the best part of the Generalife.
This Patio combines several Moorish architectural features.
- Columns. The columns are slim cylinders at the bottom, and carved arches connect the columns.
- Water. According to “Fodor’s Spain”, the Koran describes paradise as “gardens underneath which rivers flow”. The 48-meter Patio has a pool and fountains running its length, and the sounds of the water fill the air. The photo below was taken at 1/320 sec, which stops the water drops at the top.
- Cursive epiigraphy. This photo shows the far end of the Patio. See the cursive Arabic epigraphy above the arches and below the roof.
This mirador (vista point) with 3 arches has a marvelous view of the Palacio Nazaries and Granada. Note the carving in the arches, the cursive epigraphy above the arches, and the decorated tile floor.
The Torre de Ismail commemorates a battle won by Ismail. See the carvings on the arches and wall and the windows above the arches.
Here’s the view of the Palacios, Granada, the Granada plain, distant mountains on the right, and the Patio de la Acequia below.
After the Generalife, we went to the Alcazaba.