The name of Alhambra comes from the Arabic language and means "the red one". You only need to look at the monument from one of the many viewpoints of Granada (San Nicolás, San Cristóbal or San Miguel Alto are the most popular ones) to understand why they called it like that. The walls of the fortress are bathed in an ocher red color, honoring its name.
The red castle, the monument nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world and one of the reasons why Granada has been named as the most beautiful city in Spain.
It began to be built by Alhamar in the thirteenth century and has been continuously modified until the time of Charles V. They are the lively expression of wealth and power of the last Arabs of Al Andalus.
If you want to know more about the Alhambra and if you wish to receive first-hand information, we invite you to get to know the monument on one of our guided tours. Travel with us through the history of all the parts of the Alhambra.