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Vadim wrote a review Nov 17
Murmansk, Russia17,902 contributions2,171 helpful votes
Albayzín, together with the Generalife gardens and the Alhambra are included in the World heritage of Granada. But everything that was built after the Nasirid dynasty by Catholic kings starting with Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic was not included. Despite all the pomp and Shine. Not all that glitters is gold. The beautiful name of the quarter is associated either with the Arabic toponym "falconers ' quarter", or with the settlement of the mountainside by immigrants from Baeza, from where we came to Granada. That Arab quarter has not been fully preserved. Mosques were completely demolished or Catholic churches were built in their place. The mosque on top of the Mezquita Mayor de Granada is a new building from 2003. Albayzín itself escaped the demolition and reconstruction of the XIX century due to the complexity of the terrain. It was cheaper to build at the bottom, and this saved the narrow streets and low-rise whitewashed houses with orchards from demolition. Travel guides advise you to wander around Albayzín aimlessly. This is difficult, given the time constraints of a short visit. Most tourists have a goal when visiting the Arab quarter. This is the observation deck (Mirador) San Nicolas offers classic views of the Alhambra. We visited Albayzín twice to capture the Alhambra day and night. It's probably unnecessary to come here before dusk. If you get tired of walking, there are many small restaurants where you can spend time with a glass of Rioja or a Cup of Moroccan tea. The best place to buy Souvenirs and go to a stylized Arabic cafe is on the narrow Calderería street.…
Date of experience: December 2019
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MeMbro wrote a review Oct 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom611 contributions66 helpful votes
Amazing neighbour, full of history and charm. At sunset becomes magical. I went there with a guide but in handsight I'd have preferred wandering around alone and getting lost in those beautiful little alleys. Almost as beautiful as Sacromonte.
Date of experience: November 2019
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Jamal M wrote a review Aug 2020
Paris, France15 contributions9 helpful votes
It is a mandatory place to visit for feeling the Oriental ambiance of Granada and for understanding its history You will walk in the small streets with the little shops like in Marrakech.
Date of experience: August 2020
Dimitris L wrote a review Apr 2020
Sydney, Australia16,992 contributions56,856 helpful votes
Albayzin is now a World Heritage site, and it has quite a long history behind it. It seems that it has been preserved as if in a time capsule. It is quite beautiful with lovely, narrow, winding cobbled streets, nice cafes and restaurants and other interesting shops. And it has several spots where the visitor can catch glimpses of the Alhambra. What more could one want!…
Date of experience: May 2019
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Richard M C wrote a review Apr 2020
Naples, Maine26 contributions2 helpful votes
Good solid historic site, you'll want to go here before you do the Alhambra, on it's own it's interesting, but if you go to the Alhambra first you will be underwhelmed.
Date of experience: April 2020