The Generalife is the summer palace of the Nasrids emirs of Granada. Its name comes from the Arabic Jannat al-Arif which translates as "Garden of the Architect". 

In spite of its proximity with the Alhambra palace itself, the Generalife was considered as exterior to the Alhambra and to Granada itself, a place where the king could chill and forget the troublesome affairs of its kingdom. And when you will visit it you will understand how easy it is to forget all about the outside world. 

Its construction dates back from the reign of Muhammad III (1302-1309). It probably changed a lot overtime because it was rebuilt and redesigned several times on the orders of its successive rulers.