Plaza San Nicolas, Albaicín
Once you hit the cobbled, uneven streets of Alabacin the first place locals will tell you to head is Plaza San Nicolas – and with good reason. Situated right at the top and in the middle of Granada’s old Arabic quarter, this busy square offers some of the most dramatic panoramic views in the city, if not the whole of southern Spain. Straight in front of you, across the steep, verdant Darro valley, is the magnificent Alhambra fort and palace complex, with a backdrop provided by the crisp peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains; to your left, the hilly landscape that surrounds Granada rolls out to the horizon; and to your right Granada itself spills out from the Darro valley. At night, it hardly needs saying, the view is captivating.