This fort was part of the first line of defence of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, although its existence is already documented several centuries earlier.
There are two separate areas of the castle and a large enclosure of considerable proportions. Some of the towers in the castle complex still remain completely intact today, whilst the ruins of other towers and walls can also be seen.
There is a part of the castle that is distinctly Moorish, particularly recognisable in the upper precinct. In the other part of the castle there is a cistern that has been carved out from the rock, whose stonework suggests that it dates back to an earlier period. It has recently been illuminated so that it can be visited by the public.