The Alcaicería was once a lively Arab bazaar and the center of the city’s Muslim silk exchange. The original gated bazaar was almost entirely destroyed by a fire back in 1843, and today the restored shops occupy a smaller space, dotted around Calle Alcaiceria, in the shadows of the Cathedral of Granada.
Despite its diminished size, the Alcaicería is still one of Granada’s most evocative areas, with a plethora of traditional craft and souvenir stores crammed with ceramics, silver jewelry, and alpaca knitwear, and stalls hawking an array of exotic spices, silks, and incense. Wandering around the markets is an experience in itself, but with vendors happy to barter for goods, it’s also a great place to pick up some bargains.
Look out for local specialties like fajalauza (hand-painted ceramics), granadino farolas (stained-glass lamps), and taracea items (traditional wooden goods). Visitors can explore this area on guided walking tours designed for sightseers or shoppers.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Keep an eye out for pickpockets when wandering the bazaar.
- Local women will offer to tell your future or read your palm—for a fee.
- Haggling over price is part of the tradition at the bazaar, with some tour guides even helping tourists facilitate the exchange.
How to Get There
The Alcaicería is located next to the Plaza Bib-Rambla, near Granada Cathedral. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Alhambra. The nearest bus stops (a 2-minute walk) are Gran Vía 5 Catedral, Plaza Isabel la Católica 4, and Plaza Isabel la Católica 2 (on the C30 and C32 lines).
When to Get There
From January 6 to March 19, the bazaar is closed Sunday. Even in the offseason, the area is bustling with tourists, so expect to navigate crowds within the narrow maze of shops. Plus, keep in mind that some shops and stalls have their own hours, which differ from the general hours of the bazaar.
Mirador de San Nicolás
A popular spot in Granada’s Albaycin quarter (the old Moorish quarter), the Mirador de San Nicolás is a raised plaza that serves as the city’s most sought-after lookout point. This square offers panoramic views over the grand Alhambra palace. It’s about a 20-minute walk to the plaza from the Alcaicería, and sunset is prime viewing time.