A Place I Love To Get Lost In, The Albaycin District Of Granada
The Albaycin was the old Arab district in Granada's beautiful and tangled past. It lays below the Alhambra palace (where this photo was taken). The streets of the Albaycin having survived all the history of this city lay like a small meandering labyrinth, one that you know you will come out of on the other side. The streets are full of Moroccan tea houses, stalls brimming with souvenirs, Cafes, churches, a mosque, flamenco finds, tapas bars, and often street performers. It is an area that I have often meandered in without direction only to turn and find some local gem, maybe something as sweet and small as a white house covered in ceramic plates and windows dripping with flowering vines. The farther up the hill the better the views of the Alahambra will be, it is most beautiful when all light up at night..
By Vanessa Petersen, AFAR Local Expert