The five towers of the Fortaleza La Polvora once served as the lookout posts of this Spanish fort, but today visitors make the most of the excellent views for photo opportunities rather than scouting for incoming pirates. The fort was built in the 1740s, and its original purpose was to safeguard the city's supply of gunpowder. Later, the sturdy fort was used as a military barrack and then a jail.
Today, the Fortaleza La Polvora (or Fuerte La Polvora) is a museum with a regularly rotating schedule of exhibits. You may not know whether to expect a military display or artwork when you go in, but you can always count on being able to climb the fort's towers - at no charge - to get a great view of the city and the nearby Mombacho Volcano. The Fortaleza La Polvora is in the historic center of Granada, on Calle Real.