The name “gigante” or giant can be traced back to two stone reliefs, probably of Ibero-Roman origin, which adorned the corners of the building of which only one still remains.
This upper-class residence dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries and is similar in style to this of the Granada and Mahgreb schools. It is considered to be one of the best-conserved miniature palaces built in the Nazarî architectural style.
Though part of its structure has been modified, it still retains its original design. It basically replicates the layout of the typical Islamic house built around a central patio, in this case with the addition of what may have been a water tank. It still features the original bending entrance hall which leads to the portico and northern room, which are notable for their profusion of plasterwork decorated with Ataurique designs, cursive inscriptions and floral motifs. Both conserve polychromic remains.
It also provides the opportunity to observe an example of the corridor known as an algorfa, which bears witness to the reduced height of some of the rooms that made up a typical house during the Muslim period, with remains of plasterwork similar to those found in the Puerta del Peinador at the Alhambra in Granada (14th century).