The Alcazaba (also known as the red
fort, due to the color of the rock that makes up
its walls) is the oldest part of the Alhambra.
No doubt a fort was located at this location
through much of historic time, but the current
buildings date back to the 1200's AD. The fort
was remodeled by the Moors, who added a very long
outer wall in which they built the Nasrid Palaces.
Above: The Alcazaba's east towers, Torre
del homenaje and Torre Quebrada.
Photo Above - A view of the Alcazaba from
its highest tower, Torre de la Vela. The
primary reason to visit the Alcazaba is
to climb to the top of this tower and
relish the spectacular views of the city
of Granada and surrounding countryside.
Above - A view of the Palace of
Charles V (right side of photo) and the Palacios Nazaries/Casas
Reales (the entrance to the Casas
Reales is located in the buildings
located to the left).