El Albaicin in Granada
The Albaicín in Granada retains both the original urban physiognomy as well as various medieval buildings. The three elements have a complementary value creating a universal and unique meaning.
The Albaicín was Ziríes Court monarchs in the XI century and is considered the last Arab stronghold before being expelled completely from Granada. Since the Moors left their homes, the rich Christians from the lower part of the city of Granada acquired these buildings to create rich and sumptuous “cármenes”. The carmen is a traditional type of housing in the hillside neighborhoods with a closed exterior space, surrounded by walls and lush vegetation, which sometimes had their own gardens.
Today the Albaicín is a suburb of Granada from where the Alhambra divides. There are still remains of the Arab wall as well as the different doors such as the Puerta Elvira, the Boards door, linking the walls of the Alhambra and the neighborhood of the citadel and under which the Darro River passed.
The Albaicín word has several meanings, however, the closest one to reality is “slanted neighborhood.” We can therefore recommend going up by bus which departs from the stop near the Isabel la Catolica Monument.
Strolling through the streets and finding ourselves in front of monuments such as the church of San Juan de los Reyes, the church of San Pedro, the Plaza de San Miguel Bajo, the Cordova Palace and its Gardens. Descending the Darro you will find the Castril house which highlights its plateresque entry, an archaeological museum and finally the Bañuelo (Arab baths).
We recommend you go down the path from the Albaicin until you reach Sacromonte. These little streets reflect the history of this lovely place and are less crowded than the Albaicin. Here, in the inside of these little caves you can find the Zambra Flamenco Show. These natural caves carved in stone were home to the gypsies, bohemians and flamenco artists for centuries.
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