Jardines Altos

Gardens in Granada

Jardines Altos, Generalife, Alhambra
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The Jardines Altos or Upper Gardens are gardens in the Generalife in the Alhambra Complex, in Granada, Spain.

What do the Jardines Altos look like?

These gardens, distributed in different levels, complete the palatial area of ​​the Generalife, are its highest point and provide outstanding views of the estate.

Small fountains with fountains between the fenced flower beds, some beautiful specimens of magnolia trees, fragrant bushes and a careful alternation of evergreen and deciduous tree specimens, make these gardens sheltered from the cold winds of the North, a small and romantic botanical garden, worthy of the best European humanist tradition. The Jardines Altos were once an olive grove but now have magnolias, firs, cypresses, a huge cedar and aromatic plants such as myrtle, jasmine and rose bushes.

The most outstanding feature of these gardens is perhaps the beautiful Escalera del Agua‎, with its laurel vault and the water flowing down channels in the the handrails.

How do you get to the Jardines Altos?

The Jardines Altos are accessed from the Patio del Ciprés‎ by the staircase of the Lions, named after the two glazed earthenware figurines that crown the gate, all from the 19th century.

What to see in the Jardines Altos

  • Mirador Romántico: This viewpoint is the highest in Generalife and offers great views over Alhambra.
  • Escalera del Agua: The Escalera del Agua is a staircase with a laurel vault and the water flowing down channels in the the handrails.

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Visiting Jardines Altos


For opening times of the Jardines Altos in the Generalife see Alhambra Opening Times.


The Jardines Altos  is part of the Generalife of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour.

Duration: 25 minutes

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