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Albaicin Quarter

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It is something completely different - Albaicyn, Granada

Published by Mia Doan-Nguyen — 5 years ago

Albaicyn Quarter, to me, is a Muslim resident area which was influenced strongly by this religion's architecture. All the houses are painted in white with symbolic front gates and gorgeous botanic gardens.

If you are lazy for a walk, you can take the bus C1 leaving from Plaza Nueva to the top of Albaicyn. You may not need to search the bus in advance as it runs usually at a frequency of 8 - 10 minutes. You can find more information about the bus here: Love Granada: Alhambra Buses. On the website is mentioned that the cost for the bus ticket is 1. 20 euros but I have been there last week (May 2015) and it was 1. 30 euros.

However, believe me, the best way to discover Albaicyn is walking on foot and forget the map. When you reach Plaza Nueva, you can just jump into any small street which would get you up. The streets are small and a bit slippery. You will also find stone stairs which leads you to get into Albaicyn slowly. If you start to see some Muslim shops which sales traditional clothes or small dark bars serving shisha, then you are on the right way. A little bit up and you will find yourself going among many white houses with very special architecture style. Keep in mind that the roads are tiled with big stones so you should choose very comfortable shoes (I wore high heels and I am still crying while writing these lines! ). Just go up and up and up... until you are tired... and see the stunning view of Alhambra from a viewpoint called Plaza de San Nicolas.

I took a picture, but it is just 30% of what was witnessed with my eyes that afternoon: a gorgeous Alhambra sunk in the red-purple light of sunset.

Just one minus point: there are way too many people at that time (8 p. m. to 9 p. m. ). For that reason, I decided to go back at 7 a. m. next morning. Of course, the atmosphere has gone, but you can enjoy the view on your own, quiet and peaceful.

I wrote about Albaicyn in my first review because the impression is still carved in my head. I will write more about some places to eat and see in Seville, Malaga, Cordoba and Granada as I've just back from my mini-Andalusian trip.

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