Find Out Why The Mirador San Nicolas Is The Most Popular Viewpoint In Granada
"This is probably THE best viewpoint in Granada."
We just had to find the Mirador San Nicolas after we bought our home in Padul, after all it is the most famous viewpoint in Granada. And once we got to it we could understand why this viewpoint is so well-known.
Once you reach the Mirador San Nicolas you get an enviable view of the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens with the Sierra Nevadas in the background. But then look to your left and there is the start of Sacromonte. And look to the right and enjoy the vista of the whole city of Granada laid out right in front of you.
And then, as if that was not enough, when you have had your fill, walk down towards the Moorish quarter of Granada, the Albaizin, not forgetting to look for the shrine of San Cecilio, Granada's first bishop and patron saint which is just a short distance away.
A few years ago ex-US president Bill Clinton came to Granada. It is said that, as he looked out from the mirador San Nicolas when the sun was dropping to the horizon, he claimed that it was the best sunset he had seen in all the world.
Recounting this tale to some Americans we had met, they were not imporessed. They told us, "He says that everywhere he goes!" Whether or not this comment is true doesn't detract from the beauty of sunset at this particular viewing point.
We have been to this area many times. Sometimes it is quiet, and at other times it is bustling with the music of the spanish guitar and new age travellers selling their wares. After all, this is a popular mirador of Granada and a favourite meeting place of spaniards and tourists alike. And once you go there you will undoubtedly find it difficult not to be affected by the friendly atmosphere.
This plaza (square) is in the Albaizín (pronounced Al-bah-ee-thin) which is the Moorish district of Granada and it gets its name from the 15th Century Church of San Nicolas which is just around the corner.
The easiest way to get to the Mirador de San Nicolas is to catch the number 31 small red tourist bus from Plaza Nueva and it will take you there for the current price of just one euro. However, if you are feeling a little more active, set off from Plaza Larga - the centre of the Albayzín - walk through the Arco de las Pasas and then turn left up the the Callejón de San Cecilio. At the back of the square, look for the aljibe (fountain) which is of Moorish origin.
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Go to this mirador for a few minutes or for longer. There are good cafés around the corner and so you can refresh yourself as you want to. Once you are there, just soak up the atmosphere and step back in time in your imagination...
You will almost certainly want to return to the Mirador San Nicolas - as we have.
Maybe we will meet each other there.
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