The Albaicín of Granada

The Albaicín is a Moorish district of Granada and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Darro River flows through a valley dividing two hills. The Alhambra is located on one hill and the Albaicín on the other. Therefore, to see panoramas of the Alhambra, one must climb the hill of the Albaicín district. The narrow streets and whitewashed houses are wonderful in their own right.

You can start out at the Mudejar (Islamic and Christian architectural fusion) Church of St. Gil and St. Anne, near to the Plaza Nueva. The belltower of the church was built on top of the former minaret. The Church was closed when we were passing by, so all we could see is the exterior.

It is pleasant to be walking along the banks of the Darro River.

The steep and narrow streets provide wonderful views. There was lots of climbing this day!

Here is one of many fantastic views. You can see a tower of the Alhambra at the top of the photo.

A lively group of schoolchildren pauses in front of the Monasterio de la Concepción.

The statue of flamenco dancer Mario Maya, in the Paseo de los Tristes, commands attention. Unfortunately, the light was coming in from the wrong direction for a great photo. At another time of day, I would have been able to capture the Alhambra in the background seen across the Darro River, with Mario Maya in the foreground.

Here is a view of the Alhambra from the Paseo de los Tristes.

We enjoyed a view of an attractive courtyard, while making the climb to the Gazebo (Mirador) of St. Nicolás. The Mirador provides the best vantage point to see the entire Alhambra building complex.

We have reached the Mirador of St. Nicolás. The majestic, snow-covered Sierra Nevada Mountains are breathtaking!

Views of the Alhambra building complex.

The Church of St. Nicolás is totally white, in keeping with the other buildings in the Albaicín.

The Mirador of St. Nicolás is a popular place with visitors and vendors alike.

We went through the Arco de las Pesas on our way back to our neighborhood, near the Royal Chapel. The walls here are older than those of the Alhambra. There used to be weights (pesas) located here, for the purpose of weighing items being sold in the marketplace.

There were many young people, some with dogs, hanging out around the Huerto de Carlos area. They were fun to watch. One man played catch with his dog, using an orange he had picked from a tree.

A juggler.

So many steps. Going down was definitely harder on my recently sprained ankle than climbing up.

We enjoyed a view of the Granada Cathedral on the way down.

Our excursion was totally on foot going both ways. My ankle was not happy with me. However, it was worth it.

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