Torre de Juan de Arce

Tower in Granada

Torre De Juan De Arce, Alhambra 1
© Ayuntamiento de Granada

The Torre de Juan de Arce or the  Juan de Arce Tower is a defensive tower in the Alhambra Complex, in Granada, Spain. It is a small Defensive Tower, rectangular and elongated towards the outside, in a projection on the main wall and through which the walkway that runs along the wall passes, passing through it through small doors and accessing the interior room, where He controlled the people who passed through it. Like other nearby towers, it was partially destroyed in the French blasting of 1812 and was later rebuilt on its original base with much of it being the new restorations.

It is located on the southeast wall of the city, between the Torre del Agua and the Torre de Baltasar de La Cruz.

It owes its name to the fact that it was the residence of Juan de Arce de Otálora during his short stay in the city.  he was a famous Valladolid lawyer who in 1551 was a prosecutor of the Royal Chancery of Granada and in 1552 reached the position of Oidor of it. This was where he published in 1553 the work “De nobilitatis”, before leaving the city the following year and returning to his hometown. In addition to different works that he left unfinished, he also belongs to the group of possible authors of the Lazarillo de Tormes.

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Visiting Torre de Juan de Arce


For opening times of the Torre de Juan de Arce see Alhambra Opening Times.

Access is normally restricted unless to building forms part of the Space of the Month program.


The Torre de Juan de Arce is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour.

Duration: 20 minutes

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