The Promenade of the Towers

Several towers can be found along the route from the Partal Gardens  to the Generalife and the Upper Alhambra.

For your interest

  • Gates

    There are four main gates in the wall, two on the north side, -the Gate of Arms and the Gate of the Arrabal, and two on the south side,the Gate of Justice and the Gate of the Seven Floors.

  • The Alcazaba

    It was the residential area of the royal guard in charge of the security of the palatial city

  • Tower of the Candle

    la Torre de la Vela, nombrada en época nazarí torre Mayor y durante el siglo XVI puerta del Sol ya que se refleja en la fachada de mediodía actuando como un reloj de sol para la ciudad.

  • Palace of Charles V

    The decision to build the Palace in the Alhambra symbolized the triumph of Christianity over Islam.

  • Museum of the Alhambra

    The tour of the Alhambra also includes a visit to the museum, with its collection of Nasrid Art, which was found in archaeological excavations or restoration works in the Monument.

  • St. Mary Church

    With Latin-cross floor design and side chapels, outstanding is its Baroque altarpiece framed by large Solomon-style columns from the 17th century

  • Museum in Honour of Ángel Barrios

    Drawings, paintings, musical scores and letters of the Grenadian composer, Ángel Barrios, form this collection

  • The Court of Machuca

    Two round fountains with water flowing into a pool in the centre of the court are its main feature.

  • The Mexuar- Oratory

    Counsel of Ministers meetings and worship took place in these rooms.

  • The Golden Room

    The beautiful woodwork ceiling gives its name to this room, whose original decoration is attributed to Muhammad V.

  • The Façade of Comares

    The Sultan received his vassals at the foot of the Façade of Comares, which separated the administrative and familiar sectors inside the Palace.

  • The Court of the Myrtles

    The Main Canal acts as a mirror that reflects the building structures and breaks the structural horizontal lines of the court.

  • The Room of the Ship

    There are two possible origins of its name: its cylindrical vault or the Arab term “al-baraka”, which is repeatedly inscribed on its walls.

  • The Chamber of the Ambassadors

    This Throne Room is the largest room of the building, flanked by nine small rooms, one of which was reserved for the Sultan

  • The Bath of Comares

    The baths being essential Moorish urban elements, it is easy to understand why each palace in the Alhambra has its own baths.

  • The Hall of the Muqarnas

    One of the rooms in the Palace of the Lions was used as a hall or vestibule owing to its proximity to the main entrance of the Palace

  • The Court of the Lions – Fountain – Water Jet

    The Court of the Lions – Fountain – Water Jet . Alhambra of Granada

  • The Hall of the Abencerrages

    A spectacular vault decorated with eight-point star-shaped stalactites that open out on eight elephant-like trunks is the most remarkable ornamental element of the hall.

  • The Hall of the Kings. Paintings

    Five alcoves that flank a large hall were used for receptions and celebrations. Their domed ceilings are its most remarkable feature.

  • The Ajimeces Gallery

    It got its name from the ajimeces, wooden balconies with latticework that are found in this room.

  • The Hall of the Two Sisters

    The vault, which has a central star motif made up of stalactites, is the masterpiece of the second main chamber of the Palace of the Lions.

  • The Court of the Vestibule or Observation Point of Daraxa

    The delicate tile decoration and the well-proportioned Nasrid architectural style make this one of most beautiful of the Alhambra Palaces

  • King Charles V’s Chambers

    His visit to the Alhambra impressed him so much that he decided to build an “imperial suite” near the Moorish palaces.

  • The Queen’s Robing Room

    An open gallery overlooking the Tower of Abu-I-Hayyay that breaks with the conventional wall patterns.

  • The Court of the Grated Window

    A balcony occupies the upper part of the south loft serving as a corridor between the rooms and protecting them

  • The Court of the Lindaraja

    Though structurally similar to the Court of the Grated Window, it is more cloister-like. It bears the name of its balcony.

  • The Partal

    A large central pond faces the arched portico behind which stands the Tower of the Ladies

  • The Rauda

    Rawda means cemetery. It was here, beside the Palace of the Lions, where the royal family interred its deceased family members

  • The Palace of Yusuf III

    Outstanding is the long pool in the central courtyard with a lush garden, on the sides of which are the ruins of some rooms.

  • Urban Distribution

    Andalusian and Islamic, the Alhambra was conceived as a city built for the royal court.

In front of the gate ruins that serve as entryway to the remains of the Palace of Yusuf III  is the stone paved road of what once was part of the street that joined the inside of the Alhambra Medina to the one of the outside gates, known as the Arrabal.

This is where the Promenade of the Towers begins. The name is derived from the fact that its route, which follows the main wall of the Alhambra from the Partal Gardens  to the Generalife and the Upper Alhambra , passes by a number of towers.

The route passes by the following towers, which standout like milestones along the way: The Tower of the Pointed Battlements, The Tower of the Cadí, the Captive’s Tower, The Infants’ Tower, The Career Corporal’s Towerand the Water Tower.

The walk intermittently crosses a now landscaped terrace over a fortress wall. A railing has been provided to protect visitors and assist them in comfortably enjoying the view of the surroundings. Down below is the lower terrace, which is also landscaped and has various species of trees.

Along the road the visitor can also contemplate one of the loveliest views of the Generalife, with its famous terraced fruit and vegetable gardens, cultivated to this day and separated by large adobe walls, with the white palace in plain sight.

At the Cadí Tower, which rises from this part of the wall, the road steepens as it passes the vegetable gardens and leads to the lower entrance of the site, guarded by large walls; halfway, the visitor will notice a court, portico and a column, from where various ways leading into the gardens extend, and the prolongation of the slope up to the palace.

On the inside of the Alhambra grounds, above the Promenade, on one of the highest terraces, stands the former Monastery of San Francisco, built on the remains of a Nasrid palace. It is now a state-owned hotel.

On the site are the remains of a lovely observation point extending in full view from the building. In this place the Catholic Monarchs had been temporarily interred until the Royal Chapel Pantheon, which today guards their remains, was built.