One of the possible points of access to this neighbourhood is via the puerta de Elvira, one of the most important of the cityâ€™s many gateways. Climbing the Alhacaba hill and following the walls of the alcazaba Cadima, one reaches plaza Larga and the arco de las Pesas. From here on, one of the visitorâ€™s pleasures is to become lost in the neighbourhoodâ€™s labyrinthine streets, without forgetting a few points of interest.
Like the mirador de San CrĂstobal, next to the church with the same name, with a magnificent view over the vega, Sierra Nevada, the alcazaba Cadima and Darâ€“alâ€“Horra. Or the church of Salvador, once the medina of the ancient mosque, which still preserves its patio of ablutions.
A little further up, we find the more intimate AlbaicĂn, absorbed in itself and eternal: this is the area of San Luis street, Fajalauza, Cruz de Rauda, the lane of Pinchosâ€¦ already close to Sacromonte A visit to San NicolĂˇs is a real must, evidence of the Catholic Monarchsâ€™ systematic operations: to substitute mosques for churches in order to Christianize a mysteriously distant community.
Having said that, the famous view of the Alhambra from the plaza may not grant much time for historic meditations on the conquest. Walking down from the mirador towards the plaza de San Miguel bajo we come across the Max Moreau Carmenâ€“Museum, an opportunity not only to discover the private world and fascinating personality of this highly versatile artist but also as a way to become familiar with a carmen, a typical house found in the AlbaicĂn.