Albayzin

Albayzin, Granada: Address, Phone Number, Albayzin Reviews: 4.5/5

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Named a World Heritage Site, this is the old Moorish quarter of Granada.
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom3,921 contributions
Worth Spending Time Exploring Beyond the San Nicolas Lookout
Feb. 2020
With 3 nights in Granada, we had time to explore a little further beyond the Alhambra and the Cathedral. Apart from the Alhambra, exploring the Albayzin was one of the best things we did. There is no doubt that the view from the Mirador San Nicolas is an absolute highlight of any visit to the Albayzin. The outlook is panoramic and the view across to the Alhambra is stunning. If you go for the sunset, it’s just magical. Once you are there, it is worth exploring the area. It’s easily explored on foot and there is plenty to see - the Church of St Nicolas, the Arco de las Pesas gateway, 11th century city walls and towers, Plaza Larga and narrow side streets like Calle del Agua with its pebbled street and flowering balconies. Our favourite spot was the small Plaza Aliatar, where we sat in the sun, listening to a couple of guitarists and having a drink from Bar Aliatar which came with a complimentary bucket of snails (not my normal choice of tapas but surprisingly good). GETTING THERE: We walked up to the lookout, starting and finishing at Plaza Nueva. We walked up via Calle Caldereria Nueva and returned via Cuesta del Chapiz which meant that we effectively did a big looped walk taking us right through the Albayzin. The walk uphill is steep but it's very scenic. You can of course get a taxi or a C30/31 bus from Plaza Nueva also.
Written 20 January 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia19,936 contributions
The low-key charm of Granada's world heritage site.
Dec. 2019
Albayzín, together with the Generalife gardens and the Alhambra are included in the World heritage of Granada. But everything that was built after the Nasirid dynasty by Catholic kings starting with Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic was not included. Despite all the pomp and Shine. Not all that glitters is gold. The beautiful name of the quarter is associated either with the Arabic toponym "falconers ' quarter", or with the settlement of the mountainside by immigrants from Baeza, from where we came to Granada. That Arab quarter has not been fully preserved. Mosques were completely demolished or Catholic churches were built in their place. The mosque on top of the Mezquita Mayor de Granada is a new building from 2003. Albayzín itself escaped the demolition and reconstruction of the XIX century due to the complexity of the terrain. It was cheaper to build at the bottom, and this saved the narrow streets and low-rise whitewashed houses with orchards from demolition. Travel guides advise you to wander around Albayzín aimlessly. This is difficult, given the time constraints of a short visit. Most tourists have a goal when visiting the Arab quarter. This is the observation deck (Mirador) San Nicolas offers classic views of the Alhambra. We visited Albayzín twice to capture the Alhambra day and night. It's probably unnecessary to come here before dusk. If you get tired of walking, there are many small restaurants where you can spend time with a glass of Rioja or a Cup of Moroccan tea. The best place to buy Souvenirs and go to a stylized Arabic cafe is on the narrow Calderería street.
Written 17 November 2020
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MeMbro
Aberdeen, UK661 contributions
Charming
Nov. 2019 • Solo
Amazing neighbour, full of history and charm. At sunset becomes magical. I went there with a guide but in handsight I'd have preferred wandering around alone and getting lost in those beautiful little alleys. Almost as beautiful as Sacromonte.
Written 8 October 2020
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Jamal M
Paris, France15 contributions
Magnifique and very exiting experience
Aug. 2020 • Family
It is a mandatory place to visit for feeling the Oriental ambiance of Granada and for understanding its history You will walk in the small streets with the little shops like in Marrakech.
Written 23 August 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia23,417 contributions
Historic
May 2019
Albayzin is now a World Heritage site, and it has quite a long history behind it. It seems that it has been preserved as if in a time capsule. It is quite beautiful with lovely, narrow, winding cobbled streets, nice cafes and restaurants and other interesting shops. And it has several spots where the visitor can catch glimpses of the Alhambra. What more could one want!
Written 27 April 2020
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Richard M C
Naples, ME26 contributions
Do this BEFORE you go to the Alhambra
Apr. 2020
Good solid historic site, you'll want to go here before you do the Alhambra, on it's own it's interesting, but if you go to the Alhambra first you will be underwhelmed.
Written 21 April 2020
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Danilo
64 contributions
Quite authentic and interesting district
Mar. 2020 • Couples
I would recommend this area for visiting. It’s authentic, cozy, clean, quiet and it has own charm. Also, you can see Alhambra from different angles.
Written 12 March 2020
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bensontheboxer
poole UK98 contributions
Best bit of Granada by far
Feb. 2020
Wander round the wonderful old back streets and lose yourself in beauty and history. It's a steep climb but well worth it to get a real feel for what authentic Spain is like away from the tourist spots.
Written 7 March 2020
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,648 contributions
Stroll to enjoy
Mar. 2020 • Couples
This is a great area of Granada with its narrow cobbled streets, White House’s, churches, shopping and interesting views along the way. Stop at one of the many restaurants and have a drink and a tapas and do a bit of people watching. Just a lovely area to stroll.
Written 4 March 2020
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howellmr
Orillia, Canada30 contributions
Charming and quirky.
Feb. 2020
Cars and cyclists compete for space with distracted tourists in the narrow twisting streets where not all roads and alleys appear on the map. There are numerous tripping hazards here and I strongly recommend you travel with some kind of GPS capacity here. Traffic really is dangerous as there are no sidewalks and the walls show where cars have scrapped by. Well worth visiting.
Written 3 March 2020
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