A Carmen is generally a private villa on a small plot of land. Interspersed, we usually find fountains and terraces at different levels, with greenery that is occasionally purely ornamental and at other times produces shade and tranquil retreats. Balconies are adorned and the courtyards entice the visitor to rest amidst their silence. The Cipreses and the Purificación are two of the loveliest ones.
When we use the term patio or courtyard, we are referring here to the ones in a convent or monastery. Although they may be small, they can be especially charming. Some have fruit trees bearing flowers and myriads of different plants. Two of the most famous ones are the courtyards of the Monastery of San Jerónimo and the Monastery of Santa Isabel La Real.
Last but not least, we have the cueva or cave. Some of these humble, whitewashed dwellings are surrounded by eye-catching gardens maintained with great pride by their owners.