The Albaicin is a medieval Muslim district of Granada, made up of maze-like streets and narrow little alleyways which have been home to various peoples over the years, giving this part of the city an interesting mixed cultural heritage. A stroll around the area will also take you through various squares with Mudejar-style churches which used to be mosques during the Muslim period. You will also come across their respective drinking water tanks, such as those at San Cristóbal, San Bartolomé, San Lúis and the Plaza del Salvador, not forgetting the tanks at Las Tomases and El Rey, the largest in the entire city.
The wall around the Albaicin dates back to the Nazari period, having been built during the latter half of the 14th century to defend the districts located on San Cristobal Hill. It runs from the Guadix gate, through the Plaza de San Miguel Alto, the Gate of Fajalauza and the San Lorenzo Postern as far as the Elvira gateway.
The Mirador de San Nicolás offers magnificent views across the Alhambra, with the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in the background. You might also be interested in visiting the La Cartuja Monastery, an authentic jewel of the Andalusian Baroque period.
View of the beautiful city of Granada in Andalusia.© Erika Nacke / age fotostock
This place is the highest point in Granada from which you have the best views of the city.© Michael Rucker / age fotostock
The Albaicin conserves its soul of the Moorish period through its many narrow streets.© Alamer / age fotostock;
View of the Albaicin district in which you can see the crossing of monuments of different periods, namely the Nazari and the Renaissance.© Fotosearch
In the foreground is the facade of a typical house in Albaicin district. In the background, the Alhambra.© Fotosearch