Al Hambra is a national monument in Spain. Al Hambra lies at the foot of Spain’s mightiest massif, the Sierra Nevada, and on the edge of an extraordinarily fertile plain. A provincial capital with a university, Al Hambra is divided by the Darro which runs underground in the city centre. On the right lies Albaicin, the city’s oldest quarter; on the left rises the imposing Al hambra. To the south the city is bordered by the Río Genil into which the Darro flows. This fertile area was already settled in the 5th Century BC and was known as Iliberis in Roman times. The city was founded under the Visigoths, whose domination ended with the Arab victory in 711.