Albaicín

El Albayzín (also Albaicín or El Albaicín)

This part of Granada is fascinating.

Tiny cobbled streets crisscross the hillside. Steps and alleys link the streets. The houses are crammed in, some tiny but behind some doors you catch a glimpse of hidden courtyards and gardens.

Cars and scooters zigzag through the streets so you have to lean up against the houses to avoid being hit.

Oddly when you walk through the tiny streets you don’t see many people but as soon as you reach one of the squares overlooking the city it’s crammed full of people.

Narrow alleys lead back to the city centre and they are full of tiny tea shops and souks selling all kinds of delights.

I’ve learnt over the years not to buy souvenirs. They entice in the shop and seem to epitomise the holiday feeling but I know when I get them home they just become stuff that gets in the way.

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