Torre de los Hidalgos
Tower in Granada
The Torre de los Hidalgos or Tower of the Nobles is a defensive tower of the Alcazaba de la Alhambra in Grenada. It is located a few meters from the northwest base of the Torre de la Vela. It is the westernmost Tower of the Alhambra. It was built in the 16th century, during the time of the Catholic Monarchs, it has two floors and a terrace. The tower is next to the north curtain wall, and would help defend access to the nearby Puerta de las Armas.
To the north is the access to the San Pedro Forest through the Puerta de las Armas, to the west is the Bastion, while to the east we will find a large terrace above the stables that communicates with the entrance from them and which It allows access, through the street-moat, surrounding the Torre de la Vela towards the Plaza de las Armas.
Entrance is not allowed with the ordinary visit of the Monumental Complex, but it can be viewed from the terrace of the Torre de la Vela and from the eastern side of the terrace of the Torre de las Armas.
Where does Torre de los Hidalgos get its name?
Torre de los Hidalgos would translate to Tower of the Nobles as a hidalgo is a member of the Spanish or Portuguese nobility. It is also known as Torre de Paniagua or Servants Tower as Paniagua is the tile or name of a servant who worked for his board (pan ‘bread’ and agua ‘water’) and lodging.
Other names of Torre de los Hidalgos
The Torre de los Hidalgos has the following names: Torre de los Hidalgos, Tower of the Nobles.
Visiting Torre de los Hidalgos
For opening times of theTorre de los Hidalgos see Alhambra Opening Times.
Access is normally restricted unless to building forms part of the Space of the Month program.