This is Spain's most expensive and most popular parador, right within the walls of the Alhambra. It occupies the gorgeous building of a former Franciscan monastery, built in the 15th century by the Catholic Monarchs after they captured Granada. Try to get a room in the old section, which has views of the Generalife and beautiful antiques, woven curtains, and bedspreads. Rooms in the newer wing are also charming but more simply decorated. Gardens surround the building.