Sacromonte

Sacromonte, Granada: Address, Phone Number, Sacromonte Reviews: 4.5/5

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A large hill located close to the Albayzín that is known for its caves that have been turned into public places for flamenco performances.
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,240 contributions
Exploring Beyond the Alhambra
Feb 2020
With 3 nights in Granada, we had time to explore a little further beyond the Alhambra. Exploring Sacromonte was a highlight.
We went here specifically to see the unique cave-houses. History is somewhat murky but it is generally thought that the Roma gypsies (Gitano) settled here in the 15th century, making homes by digging back into the mountain side.
Sacromonte was very easy to explore on foot and you did not need a guide.
There is one only narrow main street, the Camino del Sacromonte, which is what we walked down (keep an eye out for cars and the occasional small bus because there’s not much space).
We started from the the tiny plaza with a central statue of the Gypsy King. This is Curro Albaicin, who was born in Sacromonte in 1940s and famously performed for people from Bill Clinton to Koffi Annan.
Just past that you see cave bars where flamenco shows are held in the evening. Cuesta de la Rocio caught our eye. Although it was not yet open, the owner kindly let us go in and have a look. If we’d had one more night, I’d have gone back to see a show there.
As we continued, the area became more residential. Most of the houses had been substantially developed and were no longer humble cave homes. The white-washed walls were hung with pots and vividly colourful geraniums. The view is also worthwhile. In one direction, you look across ravines to the Alhambra and in the other direction, the mountain landscape is a beautiful backdrop.
In hindsight we should have allowed more time for Sacromonte. We went there on our last morning and only had an hour or so to explore. We short-changed ourselves here. We didn't have time to explore the side-streets or the museum (11 restored, preserved cave-houses). With more time, I’d definitely have continued our walk to the abbey and the catacomb caves.
GETTING THERE: We started from Plaza Nueva and walked along the Carrera del Darro, following the river bank, then headed left up Cuesta del Chapiz. At the Gypsy King statue, turn right into Camino del Sacromonte. It was about a 20 min walk. You can also take the C2 bus from Plaza Nueva.
Written January 20, 2021
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy4,251 contributions
Different from the rest of Granada
Aug 2020
Sacromonte has a different atmosphere to the rest of Granada, although it's perfectly possible to walk from the centre as I did. The traditional gypsy area, on a hill with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, some cut into the rock.
Written September 6, 2020
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DoctorWho_12
Manchester, UK10 contributions
dont miss this!
Jul 2020
although everyone has come for the alhambra, there is a specific atmosphere in sacromonte, with its narrow, winding and sometimes confusing cobbled streets. it has amazing views over the alhambra from a different point of view - the west side, which is definitely worth seeing as part of a visit. there is a bus here, but walking here, if you can, is part of the experience.

Written July 25, 2020
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MeMbro
Aberdeen, UK692 contributions
Birthplace of Flamenco
Sep 2019 • Solo
For some, Falmenco was born in these caves, where "gitanos" (gipsies) used to live, after migrating from India to Andalucia. People said that Flamenco shows in these caves are the most authentic way to experience this traditional dance. I could not attend one as they had to be booked way in advance. I visited Sacromonte at night, with a guided tour, entering some of the traditional houses carved in the rock. The whole experience was amazing, magical. I liked Sacromonte more than Albayczin, although both of them are a must in Granada.
Written July 2, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia27,017 contributions
A different Granada
May 2019
Sacromonte is a very different place from the rest of Granada. It is built up on the hills, opposite the Alhambra. The views are terrific! The houses are different. The environment is also different. We walked to this area out of curiosity and interest and were glad we did. It is a truly fantastic area. Apparently the district is occupied by "gypsies" who live in amazing, whitewashed caves! These caves are built into the hillside rock. They are quite picturesque. These people originally inhabited the area around the 15th century. They also somehow seem to have preserved a lot of the local culture, including music and dancing.
Written April 29, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,584 contributions
A traditional neighborhood in the outskirts of Granada ...
Mar 2019
"Sacromonte" is a traditional neighborhood in the eastern area of Granada, just opposite to "La Alhambra", on the banks of "Río Darro". It has been inhabited by the first Romani (gypsies) settlers arriving in Granada, from India, after the Christian Conquest ("Reconquista") in 1492. A guide is strongly recommended as it is not so near the main tourist areas. Enjoy!
Written February 18, 2020
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Johnlobster
Morpeth, UK2,538 contributions
Worth a look
Sep 2019
This is worth a look just to see the cave houses. Pretty little place on the outskirts and a good walk with lovely views.
Written February 17, 2020
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Howard W
Cirencester, UK8 contributions
Tourist historical site.
Feb 2020
Great views but the "caves" were tacky examples . Also the nature reserve closed from about October to March. Check first !
Written February 7, 2020
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Helen J
London, UK129 contributions
Worth the stroll uphill
Jan 2020 • Friends
Heart of flamenco , stunning views of Alhambra and a great little museum . We enjoyed our trip outside the centre of town to this lovely part of Grenada
Written January 8, 2020
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Malcolm McD
Glasgow, UK365 contributions
A Pretty Neighbourhood
Dec 2019
Sacramonte is a little bit further from the main centre than Albaycin but well worth the effort to stroll along the narrow historic lanes and see the white cave houses.
Written January 6, 2020
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