The Pabellón Sur was possibly a harem whilst the Pabellón Norte housed the apartments of the monarch. The Patio de la Sultana got its name because, according to legend, the aged cypress (which is today just a tree trunk) witnessed the infidelities of the King’s favourite with a gentleman from the Abencerraje family. At the centre of the patio there is a pond with a fountain that is surrounded by oleander, ivy and bougainvillea.