The palace was built in the 15th century on a former Zirid palace. It was the last home of Queen Aixa, the mother of Boabdil, and it took its name from her (‘Dar al-Horra’ means ‘house of the honest lady’ in Arabic).
The building has two storeys and a fortified tower on its northern side. The rooms are arranged around a central courtyard, and you pass through horseshoe arches to go from one room to the next.
The roof, the twin windows and the decorative Arabic inscriptions are particularly fine examples of Moorish architecture.