The BIG 3 must do's of Albaicin are:
Spend maximum time roaming the Albaicin streets, drinking in a bar, having the Arab-Moroccan street food, and observing the carmenes as you walk past. Make sure to walk along Carrera del Darro, one of the oldest streets in Albaicín, along the river Darro.
Make sure to arrive before sunset at Mirador San Nicolas and watch the Alhambra light up as the sun goes down.
If there is one more attraction you have time for, let it be Iglesia de Santa Ana. But don't spend too much time at a church, there are so many churches all over Spain you will see.
Main attractions in Granada's Albaicin
1. Iglesia de Santa Ana of Albaicin
Iglesia de Santa Ana, the church at the eastern end of Plaza Nueva was built on the site of a mosque. It was constructed by muslims for a Christian community in the 16th century.
Iglesia de Santa Ana has a mixture of Islamic and Christian architecture with a striking, moorish coffered ceiling in the chapel. It is one of the major attractions in Albaicin.
2. The Arab baths of Albaicin moors
The Banos Arabes baths from the 11th century are well preserved. With red brick vaulted rooms, and Roman and Visigothic capitals, the Banos Arabes of Albaicin is older than even the Alhambra. You can stop by this attraction for a tour, entry is only 1.5 euros and free for EU citizens.
For a real Albaicin experience in a recreated Moorish bath, head to Hammam on Calle Santa Ana, 16, behind the Iglesia de Santa Ana. Entry is less than 20 euros and you can also visit the Teteria upstairs.
3. El Mirador de San Nicolás viewpoint
El Mirador de San Nicolás is the famous Albaicin viewpoint, with the best views of the Alhambra and the snow clad peaks of Sierra Nevada.
Approach Mirador San Nicolas via Plaza Larga, the hub of Albaicin, with many bars and restaurants. While the church of San Nicolas itself is plain, do take note of the nearby surviving aljibe Moorish fountain. Below Mirador San Nicolas is the convent of Santa Isabel la Real, famous for its patio and Mudejar ceiling.
4. Casa de Castril Museum in Albaicin
Casa de Castril near Sacromonte now houses the Museum of Archeology with well-preserved artifacts dating back all the way from the Paleolithic era to the late 15th century Reconquista. This is an often overlooked attraction by those in a hurry.
5. Royal Chancery
The Royal Chancery (Real Chancilleria) in Albaicin, one of the earliest constructions after the Reconquista of Granada. This historic building now houses the Andalusian Courts of Justice.
6. The Cármenes of Albaicin, Granada
Make sure to pause and see the large cármenes, houses with patios and walled gardens. Moors surrounded their villas with gardens and high walls covered with leafy canopies making their residence almost invisible to passers-by.
You will see many such cármenes in Albaicin as it was a Moorish residential quarter.
7. Arabic teashops
Calle Calderia Nueva is where you will find Arabic street food and quaint Teterias (teashops). You can also shop for souvenirs like hookahs, African pottery from Morocco, and mint tea.
Best way to Visit Albaicin
Take a Albaicin walking tour that lasts 4 to 6 hours. Most walking tours start at Plaza Nueva or Bib Rambla Square in Granada, and cover the main attractions.
You can take a Granada bus 31 or 32 from Plaza Nueva to Albaicin. If you are coming from Alhambra, take bus 32. If you plan to visit Sacromonte on the same day you can take bus 31.