Mirador de San Nicolas / The Albayzin
Activity: San Nicolas Viewpoint. How to Get There: Start at El Banuelo and climb the hill. Cost: Free. There are a few stops that are covered by your Granada Pass if you have one. Hours: Gorgeous at any time of day, but best at sunset.
This was our favorite thing we did in Granada besides seeing The Alhambra. The walk up was the best part! We got to wind through old buildings on paths shaded by fragrant orange trees. Though we (ok Alex) had to carry our stroller and we had to stop so Lorenzo could throw rocks in every fountain. Granada is such a charming old fashioned city. I’ve never seen anywhere quite like it, with the Spanish and Muslim influence.
To do this walk start at El Banuelo. These are old bath houses which are covered by your Granada Pass if you have one. We didn’t go in because there was a line and our toddler doesn’t do lines. Go down Carrera Del Darro and turn left at Calle Zafra. There’s a church called Casa de Zafra on your way. It was closed when we passed. Continue up the stairs until the path veers right and then take a sharp left onto Calle Guinea. Turn right onto Cuesta Aljibe de Trillo and then follow Placeta Comino up again. More stairs. Stop for lots of pictures!
Take the final switchback on Cuesta Cabras and you’re there! We loved admiring the Alhambra from this viewpoint. You can really see how big it is! Just behind you is the Albayzin District, so once you’re done admiring the view, go explore that next!
The Albayzin is the Muslim part of town. When the Christians took over, The Muslims were supposed to change their religion willingly and happily coexist with the Christians all over Granada. Obviously this didn’t work out very well, so the Christians which still retains a lot of real Muslim culture. Though the culture lives on, the Christians bulldozed the 20 mosques in this neighborhood and replaced them with Christian churches.
From the San Nicolas viewpoint, turn your back on the Alhambra and walk north. Go through the little archway and you’re there! No need for strict directions here, just wander about and get a little lost. Be on your guard after dark because many streets are poorly lit. It’s perfectly safe during the day.