It takes up the whole hill that forms the Western part of the Cerro de San Miguel (St. MichaelÂ´ s hill) and the Southern part of the Cerro de San CristĂłbal (St ChristopherÂ´ s hill).
When the Christian conquered the city of Baeza in the North of Andalusia, at the beginning of the XIII Century, the inhabitants run away to the South, settling down in the outskirts of the fortress of Granada. They called this new quarter al-Bayazzin, â€śplace for the people from Baezaâ€ť.
However, after some time, the rest of the hill â€“ the â€śold fortressâ€ť, whose name in Arab was â€śAlcazaba Kadimaâ€ť- also took the name of â€śAlbaicinâ€ť. It has seductive charms that make it the most attractive and evocative quarter of Granada: the peculiar distribution of its houses placed over hills in irregular levels and its rough ground; its tortuous and narrow streets, with steep slopes that keep their primitive medieval urban planning; the abundance of green spaces and white houses with the typical interior gardens known as Carmenes.
Two beautiful viewpoints should be highlighted: the Mirador de San NicolĂˇs and the Mirador de San Miguel, with beautiful sights to the Alhambra and the lower part of the city.