TThe Albaicín is the old Arabic quarter located on the hill opposite the Alhambra. It is characterised by cobble stoned streets with white washed houses. Despite several centuries of neglect and architectural barbarities allowed by the town council it still retains a a strong Arabic feeling (the Arabic population was ethnically cleansed just over 500 years ago).
There are many squares with terrazas and places to laze about and have a bite to eat. The Albaicín is an oil painter’s paradise and almost at every turn of the head there is an attractive view, almost always involving glimpses of the Alhambra.
If you go to a shop which sells any of the typical granadino pottery (white background with strong blue shapes) you will be sure to read the oft quoted refrain: Give him alms woman because there is nothing as bad as being blind in Granada. Go to Mirador de San Nicolás and you will see what they meant
The “streets” are a series of maze-like worn, cobblestone pedestrian hallways, often no wider than my outstretched arms. They are alleyways delimited by the white-washed houses and garden walls that make-up this unique barrio.
Our neighborhood is filled with a “sense of place”. Places of meaning and character. There are dozens of plazas and miradors (viewpoints) in which to gather and spend time. Some are more formal and host bars, cafeterias, and restaurants. Others are quite bare with nothing more than a fountain and a couple of benches.