The district of Granada known as the Albaicin or Albaycin is situated at an altitude of approximately 750 meters above sealevel. Its historical legacy has made it a World Heritage Site and it’s an ideal place for a walk while discovering its ancient streets and monuments from various eras.
The Albaicin is considered one of the oldest Muslim and traditional neighbourhoods next to the Alhambra, a place that will transport you back in time as you stroll through its narrow streets and contemplate its gardens.
Originally it was an Iberian and later Roman settlement which presumably ended up being abandoned until the Arabs arrived and established their reign in Al-Andalus; it was them who gave the area the name al-Bayyizin.
There are abundant reservoirs of Arab origin, which are still preserved but ceased to be used as their pipes have broken over the centuries.
Visiting the Albaicin is meeting the past of Al-Andalus, and its subsequent conquest, a town connected to the past that shows many monuments of which are detailed some below:
- Among the Albaicin and Sacromonte neighbourhoods we find XI century walls and the Alhacaba towers.
- Palace of Dar al-Horra, former residence of Fatima, mother of King Boabdil.
- Casa de Porras: A sixteenth-century Moorish house which is currently a University Cultural Centre.
- Casa Castril built in 1539 and currently the Archaeological Museum of Granada. Taking a stroll through the ancient streets and have a tea with a delicious Arab cupcake or enjoy some tasty tapas in Granada´s most traditional neighbourhood are experiences that should not be missed.
The road route from Malaga to the Albaicin in Granada passes through places like Casabermeja and Loja. On the map below you can see a route to get to the Albaicin; please take note that the access by car is limited.
We recommend you park the car before reaching the Albaicin, as the circulation time through its streets is reduced and the streets are very narrow, thus you will feel more comfortable walking.
In the map below you can see the recommended route to get to the Albaicin: