Carmen de los Mártires is a 19th century house and ornamental grounds just to the right of the Alhambra palace. There are some interesting views of the Alhambra from the other side and great views of the city of Granada and the Sierra Nevada. The gardens contain a number of statues, grottoes, and an ornamental duck pond with its bridge and tower-like ruins
The house "Carmen de los Mártires" was built by Don Carlos Calderón who purchased the land for his summer residence, and the grounds were landscaped by a subsequent owner, Hubert Meermans, who was responsible for creating the different style gardens on various levels, with their fountains, statues, and grottoes and the ornamental lake with its wooden bridge and tower. Subsequent plans for a hotel conversion fell through, and after many years of neglect, the house and gardens have finally been restored to their former glory.