Declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1994, the labyrinthine Albaicín neighborhood is one of the oldest districts in Europe, and is also almost a self-contained town in itself, whose popular, intimate and welcoming character has been preserved for over a thousand years.
One of the most popular viewpoints that you really cannot miss, and one where you will definitely want to stop for awhile, is the Mirador de San Nicolás, next to the square and church of the same name. At all hours of the day or night you can see people absorbed in the view, with the Alhambra in front, the neighborhood roofs below and the city in the background.
Adjoining the Albaicín we come to a district that, for many, is the true emblematic neighborhood of Granada, and definitely the most secret and enigmatic: the Sacromonte. If you walk up to the Sacromonte by day, you will be able to enjoy a lovely view of Granada, with the Alhambra as the backdrop. At night, the Sacromonte becomes the heart of Granada’s flamenco scene: there are organized shows every day, and if you are lucky, you can find spontaneous displays in the local bars and terraces.