I think the Albaicín neighborhood is one of the most charming in all of Granada (and maybe even Spain). You truly feel like you have stepped back in time, into the era of the Moorish rule; and this is one of those remaining rare places that isn’t swarming with tourists. Maybe they are all stuck up at the Alhambra? But that is a major reason that I really enjoy the atmosphere of Albaicín and why I felt like a local here. Another perk is wandering the tiny streets, getting lost and finding beautiful floral courtyards that aren’t on maps. There is also a myriad of things to do that could keep you busy for most of the day. Here you can visit the Mirador de San Nicolas for a stunning, panorama views of the Alhambra and a fabulous sunset. You can stop into one of the many open air markets, café hop along the Carrera del Darro and see a flamenco dance and have dinner at Jardin de Zoraya.
This is Spain after all, so it goes without saying that the food culture is fabulous. However, specific to the Andalusian region of Spain is a restaurant concept where the longer you sit and order drinks, the more (and increasingly better in quality) tapas you are served for “free”. These places are all over, but one worth a mention is Los Diamantes which is a tapa style beer hall. Also located in the Albaicín neighborhood is La Porrona well known for having the best Paella (also check here for our favorite Paella in Barcelona), Bar Aliatar known for their snails, and Café Lara for the all around best Andalusian food in the area!
Where to stay for Astonishing Views
In the Albaicín neighborhood you will see that it is hard not to find beautiful views due to your elevation. The streets remain narrow and winding just as they were during the Moorish rule over Granada. Most of the houses here have roof top patios and I promise you don’t want to book anything without a rooftop! We booked the “Astonishing Views” Airbnb located off of Placeta Del Almez in the Albaicín neighborhood. WARNING: once you see the view you may never want to leave. The rooftop was a great place to relax before dinner and watch the sunset. I loved the house rules too: “Nothing special, just common sense!” I doesn’t get better than that. The price was 165 EUR / per night, but the property has three bedrooms which fits up to 6 people and air-conditioning (necessary in Southern Spain in the summer!).
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