The Alhambra gardens are composed of anything that can provide pleasure to the five senses: Color, light, aromatic plants and the murmur of water. The whole garden brings an atmosphere of sensuality. The Arab gardens are the representation of the longing for paradise. The idea of paradise in the Muslim culture, is seen as a garden full of delights and pleasures where the man can achieve full satisfaction.
In this concept water plays a major part. Water ensures the abundance of vegetation. The water element is present in fountains, sources, ponds and wise gadgets. The Alhambra gardens have beautiful water features due to the skilled Arabs working with water The water was brought from the foothills of the mountains to water these beautiful gardens that form nowadays the Alhambra Gardens.
The walls mention the beauty of the garden with decoration of floral motifs and coloured shades. The intensive use of colorful tiles is also a characteristic of the Arab Gardens.
The Alhambra gardens
• Paseo de los Cipreses, Secano, Gardens of Saint Francis.
• Partal: Portico of the Palace, Gardens and Promenade, Rauda, Palace of Yusuf III, Towers promenade.
• Generalife Palace: Lower Gardens, Upper Gardens (Patio de la Sultana, Patio de la Acequia and Escalera del Agua)
These places do not have controlled access. Visitors can visit them at any given time. However, there is an exception for the Generalife Palace which has a maximum capacity.