The Alhambra is the red fortress which sits on the hill overlooking Granada and covers an area of approximately 140,000 square meters. Once the residence of the Muslim rulers and their court, it is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions. There are three parts to the Alhambra: the ornate Nazrid Palaces, the Alcazaba (the battlements), and the Generalife (the gardens). The Generalife became a leisure place for the kings of Granada when they wanted to get away from the official affairs of the palace. 

The Palacio de Generalife was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, now beside the city of Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.  It occupied the slopes of the Hill of the Sun (Cerro del Sol), from which there is a complete view over the city and the valleys of the rivers Genil and Darro. The usual route around the Alhambra is 3.5km long and it takes 3 hours to visit the 3 areas of the Alhambra complex. There is a large carpark and plenty of restaurants where you can get inexpensive meals and snacks.