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Just next to The Alhambra Palace,you can go to this beautiful quarter of Granada.It is also a very tourist spot and has a lot of shops and nice restaurants.Is always good to walk in all these narrow streets,and see everything there.Also has a few nice little churches that can be visited.
The Albaicin region
The Albaicin is the old Arabic quarter located on the hill opposite the Alhambra.
It has steep cobble stoned streets with white washed houses.
There are interesting squares and places to eat, plus great views over the city.
It is a great area to just wander around and get a little lost on the narrow winding streets.
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Even today, the many patterns of life, repeated time and again, continues--the market, the cafe, the bakery, butcher, cheese shop, and wine merchant. granadans buy their daily produce just beside the Gate of the Weights, on Plaza Larga, as the Arabs, and then the Moriscos and the Spaniards have done for 800 years.
Completely paved in stone, meandering streets and alleys spell out a venture in time not just to Mudejar Andalusia, but back to Moorish times and Europe’s last Islamic caliphate. Much of the Albaycin still cannot be reached by even the tiniest car, yet the neighborhood lacks the claustrophobic, shut-in feel of many Medieval European hill towns in France or central Italy. The Albaycin is not really Medieval at all, except perhaps chronologically, and no other country but Spain experienced the history of enlightened Moorish culture followed by the 700-year reconquista--the attempt by Christians to retake the Moorish lands.
The Albaycin quarter of Granada, once its own entire Moorish metropolis, spreads across a hill as impressive as the prominence on which the Alhambra Palace seems to float. Each directly across from the other, both hills emerge above the Vega, the plain, of greater Granada, and constitute a valley to the rear of which hides Sacromonte, the gypsy quarter, the land of flamenco and cave dwellings. This whitewashed array of houses and ruins constitutes a stunning example of aesthetic balance and humane social space.
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that also ecompasses the Alhambra Palace, the Albaycin counts as one of the most unique and comfortable historical neighborhoods in the world, a place where people still live their lives following traditional patterns hundreds of years old. However, the cars do struggle to pass through the narrow streets of Albaicin.
The Mosque of Granada 2
The mosque is composed of three main, contrasting elements. These are: the garden, the prayer hall (which is properly speaking the mosque itself) and the Centre for Islamic Studies. The garden looks out over the valley of the river Dorro towards a vista of Alhambra standing on the mount of Sabika, etched against the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
The Mosque of Granada 4
The 'Qibla' windows are replicas from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The mosaic fountain in the patio giving on to the prayer hall were made according to a thousand year old Andalucian design and technique by skilled craftsmen of Fez.
The Mosque of Granada 3
The mihrab, prayer niche which indicates the direction of Mecca, is an exact replica of the famous mihrab in the former mosque of Cordoba. Panels of cedar wood from the Atlas mountains carry a hand-engraved verses of Quran listing some of the divine attributes. The multi-colored marble tiles are identical to those of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
The Mosque of Granada 1
The opening of the Mosque of Granada in the summer of the year 2003 celebrates a historic reunion after a long break of 500 years as a restoration of a missing link in this city. There has not been any funciting official mosque in last 500 years.
The Albaicin - the Arab quarter
The Albaicin is the Arab quarter or moorish district. It is a very picturesque part of the town, built on a hill facing the Alhambra. Here you will find nice small and steep streets, romantic plazas, and great views on the Alhambra. At the beginning of this quarter (at the foot of the hill) you will also find some really touristy streets that are filled with small shops selling Arab souvenirs, teahouses, etc.
One of the best-known places of the Albaicin lies further up the hill. It is a place (you cannot miss it) where you have a great view of the Alhambra, the Generalife with the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.
Especially just before sunset, this place is filled with people.
Avoid the Albaicin after dark, it can be a real labyrinth and can be a bit dangerous as well during the night.
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You can go around Granada taking a Tapas. When you go to the bar and ask for one "Caña" (beer) they give you a Tapa, a small piece of food, indeed you can live oll the day drinking and eating Tapas!!!!.....in Calle(street) Elvira you can find some places, but if you are looking for a real place you mast go in the Albaicin and near to the bus station.
Peaceful Albaicin - La paisible Albaicin
In front of the busy and touristic Alhambra (and, really, I don't give a damn being in the crowd visiting the Alhambra as it is such a wonderful place...), the hill of Albaicin looks like a white village close to Granada. On the place on the top of the hill, the view over the Alhambra is splendid... A lot of diverse people melt here, during the sunny afternoons...
En face de la bouillonnante et touristique Alhambra (mais, bon, moi, je veux bien faire partie des touristes de l'Alhambra, sans probleme), la colline de l'Albaicin ressemble a un petit village blanc jouxtant Grenade. Sur la place principale, au sommet de la colline, la vue sur l'Alhambra est splendide... Des gens de toutes conditions se cotoient par ici, pendant les apres-midi ensoleilles...
Back to the Plaza Mayor we can walk along the river Darro until we arrive to the paseo de los tristes, all our left side is the albaicin.
Try some of the Miradores of this neighbourhood, specially San Nicolas
Now we can turn left to visit the albaicin and its miradores, getting lost on the little streets and watching the carmenes or go ahead to visit the Sacromonte caves. But first lets do some shots of the Alhambra from the next tip
One Of My Favorite Places In Granada
Situated right at the foot of the Alhambra is the Arab Quarters of the Albaicin. When the Christian Crusader Kings moved in, the Jewish and Muslim tradesmen moved out of the palace grounds and into this white washed hillside community which is now one of the most prestigious addresses in the city.
Steep and sinuous, the alleys here literally form a virtual labyrinth! You'd also noticed that many street names start with 'Cuesta' - meaning 'Slope' in Spanish.
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