What is the Albaicín?

Albayzin Granada

The Albaicin is a “barrio” (a neighbourhood) of Granada which has been built on a hill opposite the Alhambra. The layout came about when Granada was ruled by the Arabs long before the advent of cars so the streets form a narrow cobblestoned maze interspersed with small squares.  The  geranium filled balconies, glimpses of the Alhambra at every turn, the silence and the sound of running water in numerous fountains all give the Albayzin  a romantic slightly enchanted atmosphere.

 

San Miguel Bajo

There are lots of squares in the Albaicín perfect for al fresco dining, people watching and generally chilling out hopefully with some good company. The photo above shows San Miguel Bajo but there are many more squares with open-air restaurants such as Plaza Larga, Paseo de los Tristes, Plaza San Nicolas etc.

The photo above shows the stones which cover the streets of the Albayzin. Car access is difficult or impossible in the labyrinth of streets. This can make building work difficult because it is difficult to transport the materials. It was possible to hire a man with a  donkey  to bring sand but sadly the last donkey powered haulage contractor retired in 2002. Comfortable footwear is necessary in the Albayzín, wearing high heels would be a big mistake.

Plaza Larga on market day

The Albayzin is not just a tourist attraction. In the photo above we can see Plaza Larga on market day. Many of the geraniums on the balconies are bought here. There are normally a couple of gypsies selling live snails from a bucket.

How to get to the Albaicín ?
The C1  and C2 minibus do a constant loop of the Albayzin and they pass by every 15 minutes or so. The most popular alighting point is Plaza Nueva.

What to do in the  Albaicín ?
The Albaicin is all about eating out in restaurants and wandering around.  An example of a good plan would be to get the minibus to Mirador de San Nicolas which has an amazing view of the Alhambra, then go and eat in an outside restaurant.  Then afterwards just wander about without a map and see where you end up

Where to stay in the Albaicín ?
Granadainfo.com have a large selection of places to stay. Accommodation in Granada

Links:

More photos of the Albayzin

Walking tour of the Albaicin

Restaurants and other establishments in the Albayzin

Map of the Albayzin