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Albayzin, Granada

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Become part of living history at Albayzin, the city’s old Moorish neighborhood, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. Nostalgic and quaint, the area retained most of the narrow winding streets and buildings of its medieval Moorish past. Situated on a hill above the city center and offering unobstructed views of the famous Alhambra, this ancient quarter allows visitors a chance to see and explore white-washed old buildings, Arabic shops and restaurants, and scenic gardens. Dating back to the 14th century, when it thrived as a self-contained regional center, the neighborhood is now a kind of open-air museum in which you could lose yourself for days. Highlights within the area include remains of an Arab bath complex, the city’s archaeological museum, and a Catholic church built on the remains of a Moorish mosque. Add Albayzin to your Granada travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Granada vacation builder.
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  • Albayzin is a beautiful part of historic Granada to visit and wander through the narrow cobbled laneways and alleys. It was once the home of more than 30 mosques and one can still see villas with Moor...  more »
  • Must travel around the neighborhood of Albayzin. Includes different restaurants and viewpoints. The oldest part of Granada and a lot of Muslim influence in the architecture of the area.  more »
  • If you walk in the old Moorish neighborhood of Albayzín, be sure to drop in to an Arab café like El Bañuela Teteria and chat with the folks who are repopulating this great remaining link to the old al...  more »

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Granada is built in a valley looking up to the majestic Alhambra, and most visitors choose to stay where the view can be admired. Plaza Nueva, just down the hill from the Alhambra entry gates, constitutes the touristic center of the city. Many of the famous free-tapas bars and lively restaurants line this famous plaza, as well as a number of small hotels and apartment rentals. Found directly behind the plaza are the city's two historical old Moorish quarters, Albayzín and El Sacramonte, which are characterized by their narrow winding streets and picturesque whitewashed buildings. Here you'll find a number of charming hotels with hillside views of the Alhambra and city center.
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