This article describes the neighborhood in Granada; for the bullfighter and actor, see Rafael Albaicín .
The Albaicín from the church of San Nicolás seen from
The Albaicín (older spelling also Albaycín) is the oldest district of Granada in Spain . Its origins go back to the late antique, pre-Moorish settlement of Ilíberis , with the remains of the wall suggesting a settlement as early as the Iberian and Roman times . The Synod of Elvira took place here around the year 300 .
The Albaicín district is located on one of the three ridges on which the city of Granada was built, facing the Alhambra . The Albaicín is one of the city's sights not only because of its well-known view of this important city castle ( kasbah ) , but also because of the many small alleys between the mostly whitewashed houses.