When we stayed in Granada we were on the very edge of the old town near to the The Albaicin quarter.

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It is very steep and full of winding streets – even Google maps struggled to get us home one night!

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We took a walking tour which provided a lot of useful history and prevented us from being lost a lot.

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The hard work put into climbing up high was the spectacular views it afforded.

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© Claire Leggett View From The Hillside, Granada

It is thought that Flamenco singing and guitar came from the mix of settlers in the The Albaicin – the Arabs and Spanish mixing their musical influences and styles.

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A lot of their homes were built into the hillside as they were very poor but it was also cool.

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These are now adapted and modernised but still show the original structure.

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I loved painting this highly patterned painting – challenging though it was with all those stripes and railings – I knew as soon as I took the photo that I’d love to tackle the overlapping shapes and lines.

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© Claire Leggett The Albaicin, Granada

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