The Albayzín is Spain’s old Moorish quarter with narrow streets that are so steep that steps were built in order to climb them. The lanes twisted and turned and went up, up, up. I would walk up a lanes that were so narrow that they seemed to deadend into a wall ahead but just at the last minute the lane would effortlessly slip between to buildings.I wondered whether older people lived in the neighborhood and how easily they could get around.
On one of my climbs, I saw an older woman with a cane sitting on one of the steps to catch her breath. She smiled at me as I came by.
With all the steps to climb, a resident of Albayzín would be in shape by default.
At the top of Albayzín, there was the Mirador San Nicolas which was the plaza of a small quaint church. People gather throughout the day on the plaza because it has an unobstructed view of Alhambra and the rest of Granada. At sunset it is especially crowded with people enjoying each other’s company while watching the sun go down.