This Almohad palace was built in the 13th century in the time of the caliph al-Muntasir. However, it was later remodelled by the Nasrid rulers. It was a place built for members of the court to relax and enjoy themselves, with gardens, orchards and a large pond on which naval battles were re-enacted. Queen Aixa, the mother of Boabdil (the last Nasrid king) lived there until the Catholic Kings captured the city.
Today only one square room remains of the original building, decorated with stuccowork and tiling similar to that in the Alhambra. The room is covered with a latticework ceiling and a honeycomb frieze. There are two small bedchambers on either side of the room with identical twin arches. The rooms were restored in the 19th century.
Currently the Fundación Francisco Ayala has its headquarters here. The foundation is dedicated to the documentation of the life and works of Francisco Ayala, the artist and thinker from Granada.