There is a long list of writers inspired by the Albayzín. It would be impossible to gather all these texts. However, this section includes some examples of famous writers that wrote about this district.

From the very first look, we have the feeling of being far away from Europe. (…) As we climb uphill, human noises appear to be left down in the city. There is a quiet square not 10 meters long. High walls surround it, and we can see jasmine vines climbing over the top. The square manages to be uneven on its four sides. There is a beggar passing by. Who does he think is going to feel pity for him in this seemingly shuttered and blind universe?”

Jean Sermet

Narrow and dramatic streets, rare and rickety stairs, wavy tentacles. Strange paths of fear. Houses placed as if a stormy wind had swirled them so. Fearful cisterns whose water holds the tragic mystery of an intimate drama. Streets inhabited by people with old souls. Streets where there are white and naive convents of perpetual cloister with blunt bell towers. Streets of serenades and processions. Albayzín beautifully romantic and distinguished. Albayzín in the surroundings of Santa Isabel”

Federico García Lorca

Streets of whip and mettle
at the back of the mount;
there is no horizon or moon
save for the wind that tears them.
Knit with the guitar
a welcome song for them!
That they drift away
In the history I bring them;
that they are all coming down
and none coming up.

The alley becomes entranced
in broken
stairs.
Unfolded walls
dry the remains of the day.
A vine widens
the gleam that reduces them.
The shadow is reproduced
with the violence of a movement,
and a lamppost placed there by none
emits a light that does not shine.

Rafael Guillén

The Albayzín has always been a poor and marginalised district except for the first 250 years of the Nasrid period (1232-1492). This period was marked by a growth in the craftwork and the silk industry (fabrics and works related to it). The decline of the district started in 1572 with the expulsion of the Mudejar population, and degenerated between the XVII and the XIX century. This decline intensified during the first fifty years of the XX century. During the sixties, its population decreased by 50% due to heavy rainstorms which affected Granada. The standard of living of its inhabitants was improved thanks to the restoration of democracy in 1978. So, it is possible to affirm that the district overcame the painful adversities derived from the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939.”

Miguel Carrascosa