Spain: Granada's Old Moorish neighborhood of Albaicin and Alhambra

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Granada: Albaicin Hill

Albaicin Hill is the area where the old Moorish community lived during its height in Granada. Narrow streets and colorful houses, it's a charming neighborhood uniquely its own. The walking tour started with a fantastic view of the city of Granada from Albaisin Hill. After the walking tour, we went to a monastery and the Cathedral where the tombs of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela were located. The tombs themselves where their remains are kept were ordinary looking, but above it are wonderfully designed tombs dedicated for them.

Located close to the Cathedral is a bazaar and there we found a charming little Moroccan teashop/restaurant. We decided to eat there for lunch. They have an extensive list of teas from all over the world so we all ordered a different one so we can try the different teas they offered.

Granada: Albaicin Hill
Despite their limited food menu, we were not disappointed with our orders. I ordered a lunch special menu wherein I had a salad, soup, and an entree. All under 8 euros! My sister, Elzbieta and InHee ordered entrees and they loved it as well. The service is a bit on the slow side but we were in Spain and we were in a rush. The teashop is wonderfully decorated with arches similar to the alcazars we've visited and most of all, the food were sizzling hot! One of the complaints we've had during our gastronomic trip in Spain is that most of the food are served lukewarm and we like it fresh of the grill/stove/pot HOT! Satisfied and delighted with our food and finding such great restaurant/teashop, we met up with the rest of the group for the tour of Alhambra.

The Alhambra, meaning "red castle" in Arabic, is located on top of the hill al-Sabika, in front of the neighborhoods of the Albaicin where we walked earlier that day. The walls of Alhambra are covered with art from floor to ceiling. The walls are covered with beautiful and extremely rich ceramics and plasterwork and wonderfully carved wooden frames.  Poems were carved on the walls in classical calligraphic decoration using cursive and kufic inscriptions. Alhambra is a very expansive fortress during the Arab period; it even has its own little town!

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Granada Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Great old Moorish tea room in the heart of Albaicin!
Enjoy a relaxing hour or two for tea, lunch or dinner after walking around the Albaicin by enjoying Granada's famous tea rooms! Kasbah Tereria is d… read entire review
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