Thursday, July 29, 2010

SPAIN: ALBAICIN IN GRANADA


El Albaicín of Granada (the former muslim quarter) is a maze of narrow streets where it's really easy to get lost. I enjoyed a lot walking among its white buildings and small palaces, also called Cármenes.

Between white houses and Cármenes there are nice cafés where I spent a nice time in the evening.

Besides the views of the Alhambra de Granada from the New Mosque and the Sant Nicolás viewpoint are fantastic.

Below you have the most interesting places and buildings I visited in Albaicín:

  • New Mosque of Granada
  • Albaicín from La Alhambra
  • Streets and Squares of Albaicín
  • San Nicolás viewpoint
  • Carmen Nevot in Albaicín
  • Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicín
  • Alhambra from the Albaicín


New Mosque of Granada


New Mosque of Granada in Albaicín
The Alhambra from the courtyard of the New Mosque of Granada, near the St. Nicolás viewpoint in Albaicín


Besides, the murmur of water of this fountains made me feel quite relaxed and comfortable



Albaicín from La Alhambra


Albaicin from La Alhambra de Granada
I found really interesting the views of Granada from La Alcazaba of La Alhambra. Here, a beautiful view of the Albaicín. On the top, a church indicates the San Nicolás viewpoint


Streets and Squares of Albaicín



Albaicín in GranadaTypical steep and narrow street of the Albaicín in Granada


Albaicin in Granada
A typical narrow, steep and cobbled street in Albaícin

Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicin
A typical Carmen in Albaicín with La Alhambra in the background. A Carmen was a large house Christians built from three or four small muslim houses. Now this Carmen, called Aben Humeya, is a restaurant with a lovely garden and fantastic views of La Alhambra. We came back that day in the evening and we had a really good time there


Albaicin in Granada
Typical white houses in Albaicín


San Salvador in the Albaicin
The current courtyard of the church San Salvador in the Albaicín was the courtyard of a mosque which existed instead of this church

Larga square in Albaicín
Larga square in Albaicín is the nerve centre of the Albaicín. Here there is a market every morning


Albaicin in Granada
Going down to New Square between typical white houses of the Albaicín


San Nicolás viewpoint



Alhambra from the San Nicolas viewpoint in AlbaicinThe Alhambra from the San Nicolás viewpoint in Albaicín


Carmen Nevot in Albaicín


Carmen Nevot in Albaicín
This carmen in Albaicín, called Nevot, is a really a Palace rather than a carmen


Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicín


Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicin
A view of the courtyard of the Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicín, where we spent a fantastic evening enjoying the beautiful views of La Alhambra


Carmen Aben Humeya in AlbaicinThe sunset made the view of La Alhambra from Albaicín even more beautiful

Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicin
Besides the colour of the flowers, the sound of the water of this fountain of the gardens of the Carmen Aben Humeya was quite relaxing

Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicin
Impeccable look of this small garden with a mihrab in the background


Carmen Aben Humeya in AlbaicinThe red flowers of the geraniums gave a colourful look to the courtyard of Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicín

Alhambra from the Albaicín


Nasrid Palace of La Alhambra from Carmen Aben Humeya
Another impressive view of the Nasrid Palace of La Alhambra from Carmen Aben Humeya in Albaicín

Nasrid Palace of La Alhambra from Albaicin
Nasrid Palace of La Alhambra at night, one of the most beautiful views of Granada


Alhambra de Granada from Albaicin
When the sunlight began to disappear the spectacle of light started, as you can see in this picture of La Alhambra of Granada



Alhambra de Granada from Albaicin
And as a recompense for a hot afternoon, a cold drink in this restaurant near the Sant Nicolás viewpoint in Albaicín. The views and the peaceful environment made this time one of the best of our stay in Granada


Clicking on the next links you will see more pictures of other fantastic places we visited in Granada:



Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:


- Catalonia


- Basque Country

- Cantabria

- Granada

- Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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