I live in Granada, Spain. I have to stop myself from taking that for granted. I am so very lucky to get to spend not one but two years in one of Spain’s most historic cities. About a month ago, I met up with a new photographer named Serena to do a photoshoot in the Albaicín neighborhood. Exploring Granada’s Albaicín is something that should not be missed when in Granada.
This year, I chose to live in a neighborhood where I could walk to work. While I do not live in the Albaicín, I love knowing that I’m only a short walk away from such a classic area of my city.
A few facts about Granada’s Albaicín
Exploring Granada’s Albaicín is always something I’m up for. I find that I always find new things to explore when I go. Here are a few facts about the area (according to lovegranada.com):
- It’s the old Arab quarter of Granada. The streets are very narrow and the buildings are historical.
- It used to feature public baths
- During the Nazarid Kingdom, it housed around 40,000 people and 30 mosques
- It used to be the Muslim part of the city when the Moors were in charge
- After their rule, Christians came along and demolished many of the mosques. They turned many of the homes into carmenes. A carmen is basically a house in Granada with a beautiful garden
The Albaicín is basically straight-up hill. So a trip up there is a lot more comfortable if you:
- Wear good walking shoes (I did not here … but the flats just went with it all)
- Bring lots of water
- Stop for some tapas. There are many spots.
This look was created rather inexpensively. The dress was found on sale from Primark, the shoes were bought on sale last Spring from Sfera, and the purse and sunglasses were bought at a local shop here in Granada. I actually bought the sunglasses when I was running to a photoshoot last Spring for this post.
Photo credits: Serena Trere
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