I’ve just had the opportunity to truly get an ‘inside’ view of the fascinating World Heritage Albaicin (Albayzin) and
Sacromonte neighbourhoods of Granada. So often viewed from the towers and terraces of the extraordinary Alhambra citadel, yet so rarely explored, the Albaicin and the adjacent ‘gitano’ district of Sacromonte still retain some of the essence of romantic Andalucía.
Sometimes charming, sometimes quite raw, this medieval Moorish community of ancient noble palaces and spacious ‘cármenes’ (houses with walled gardens, including a modest vegetable patch and small holding dating back centuries) is full of surprises. Understandably it has inspired artists and writers over the centuries.
My hosts was the local association of tourist related businesses, and I will be writing an article about this
seductive corner of Andalucía, so please remember to come back to this post in a few weeks.
It was wonderful to gain access to some of the most fascinating places from Arab baths to Nazari Palaces; from quaint
courtyard homes to gypsy caves. There’s a lot more to see than just the Mirador de San Nicolas…
Of course, since we were in ete Albaicin, we didn’t miss the opportunity to return to the Alhambra (I wanted to see the restored Fountain of Lions in the Court of Lions). It’s easy to get to the Alhambra from the Albacin, as there is a small bridge and cobbled path known as the Puente del Rey Chico and the Cuesta del Rey Chico that connects the two in about 10 – 15 mins walk.
Court of the Lions, and palace detail, Alhambra (Andrew Forbes)
I travelled around Granada with ease, thanks to my Granada Card – making travel and visits so convenient. You can buy the digital card preloaded with entries to museums and monuments such as the Alhambra, and use on the local city buses and the tourist bus. More information here
Local Flamenco Dance and Spanish Language school, Sacramonte
Tel: +34 958 211 062
15th century Moorish hotel in the heart of the Albaicin
Tel: +34 958 221 100
11th Century building converted into stylish and very comfortable accommodation.
Tel: +34 958 04 98 08
16th century classic Albaicin house converted into simple holiday apartments.
Tel: +34 858 982 488
Unique well appointed, well equipped apartments in classic Sacramonte caves! There are also some non cave apartments with stunning views of the Alhambra.
Tel: +34 958 221 311
Relaxed and funky b&b, style guesthouse – perfect alternative to a classic backpackers hostel.
Tel: +34 958 805 876
Taller de Arte
Gift boutique specialising in work from local artists, located in San Nicolas street, 1, in the Albaicin.
Located in a classic Carmen, with superb views and lots fo authentic Moorish historical details.
Tel: +34 609 376 761
Upscale dining experience with equally impressive views of the Alhambra
Tel: +34 958 272 842
Stylish restuarant at the foot of the Alhambra, in the Albaicin with a great wine list.
Tel; +34 958 226 882
Restaurante Mirador de San Nicolas
Simple bar restaurant with friendly team, serving tapas and meals with local wines – seating outside on the square too.
Tel; +34 958 204 383
Menu of Andalusian dishes with north African influences.
Tel: +34 958 202 818