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Sacromonte Granada

The gypsy quarter of Granada: Cave houses & Flamenco


Everything about the gypsy quarter Sacromonte in Granada with cave houses, the Sacromonte abbey and Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte.

Info Sacromonte quarter in Granada

Address Camino del Sacromonte
How to reach? Sacromonte can be reached by foot from Granada city center. Keep in mind that this is a steep climb. You can also take the bus 34 or C2 from Plaza Nueva to Sacromonte.

The caves district of Sacromonte

Museu Cuevas de SacromonteThe white cave houses of Sacromonte ( Sacromonte district is located on the Valparaiso hill of Granada and borders the north-east side of the Arab El Albaícin district. In the 15th century, a large group of Roma, or the Spanish gypsies (the Gitanos) situated themselves here. They created houses by making cave homes in the hills; the Sacromonte district owes its fame to these houses.

In the 15th century, the Valparaiso hill received the status of holy mountain, because people believed the caves in the hill contained the remnants of the city's patron saint, San Cecilio. The literal meaning of Sacromonte is therefore holy mountain.

Sacromonte quarter & Flamenco

Flamenco SacromonteFlamenco in Granada ( population group Gitanos has a long-standing tradition with the flamenco, the typical Spanish dance and music. The Gitanos mixed the traditional Spanish flamenco with Arab belly dancing. Many flamenco shows are still frequently held in the cave homes; these bars are also referred to as tablaos. During the day, the Sacromonte district is often deserted, but at night, the quarter comes to life. Despite the fact that the flamenco shows seem somewhat touristic, a visit to one of the flamenco caves is certain worth while during your visit to Granada. During the day, Sacromonte gives you a stunning view of the city of Granada, such as the Albaicín district and the Alhambra.

Museum "Cuevas del Sacromonte"

The name of the museum already says: "The Caves of Sacromonte". In this museum there are eleven cave houses, where you will find information about the history, traditions and inhabitants of Sacromonte.

Museum "Cuevas del Sacromonte"

Address: Barranco de los Negros, Sacromonte
Opening hours:
  • 15 October - 14 March: Daily 10:00 to 18:00h
  • 15 March - 14 October: Daily 10:00 to 20:00h
Entrance: € 5,- including audioguide

The Sacromonte Abbey

Monastery SacromonteThe Sacromonte Abbey ( the discovery of the remnants of the city's patron saint (San Cecilio) in the 15th century, it was decided to build an abbey on the Valparaiso mountain to preserve this special finding. It is possible to take a guided tour of this abbey of the Sacromonte church with its catacombs.

The abbey complex has three main components: the 17th and 18th century Abbey, the 17th century College and the Seminary. Additionally, the abbey offers a stunning view of the Alhambra, the El Albaicín district, the Darro river and the lovely mountain tops of the Sierra Nevada.

Visiting the Sacromonte Abbey

Address: Camino del Sacromonte 4 (Also accessible by bus C2 from Plaza Nueva)
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 18:00h
Guided tour: € 3,- (You are required to do a tour)

Where is the Sacramonte area in Granada?

Also close by:

El Albaicin District in Granada
Paseo de los Tristes
Carmen de los Mártires Park

The Alhambra

El Albaicín
Paseo de los Tristes
Carmen de los Mártires
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