Silla del Moro

Granada, Spain

Silla del Moro is a small castle built in the 14th century and ruined in the 17th century. It was built to protect the water system for Generalife and Alhambra palaces and surrounding gardens.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Radu Mindru (2 years ago)
Perfect place to see a red sunset over Alhambra!
Artur Lewandowski (2 years ago)
Visit this place, it has an excellent and picturesque view on the Alhambra.
June Jackson (2 years ago)
Fantastic views and a lovely walk up.
Heidy Brunner (2 years ago)
Nice view to the Alhambra. But not on the entrance they permite dogs. There is no seat on the entrance to wait with the dog while my husband went in to see. The Guardian called immediatly the Police when I steped trough the dor!! Not tourist kindly!!
John Root (3 years ago)
Fine views of the Al Hambra from a place where the tourists don't usually go. Pay parking at the top of the hill in a car park and then a 1km walk up a rough road to the top. Well worth the effort. Silla del Moro itself is only open on Saturdays and Sundays but the view out over Al Hambra and Grenada is superb and well worth the walk.
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