SACROMONTE, GRANADA

Cuevas de Sacromonte-Granada

Sacromonte is a district of the city of Granada in Spain.

The area takes its name from the Sacromonte Abbey, located on top of the Valparaiso hill.

The Abbey was built in the 17th century on top of Roman catacombs.

According to local legends the catacombs preserve the relics of the city patron saint, Cecilio.

Sacromonte is known for the cuevas, the caves in which the local gitanos (gypsies) perform music and dance in flamenco shows. The Zambra was born here, a traditional flamenco dance, influenced by early Moorish dances and featuring elements of belly dancing.

During the day you can hear music coming our from every window, while musicians and dancers reharse for their evening shows. I suggest visiting during the day, to see the place in full sunlight and then coming back at night for one show to get the full experience.

You can get to Sacromonte using the bus number 31 or 32 to Paseode los Tristes and then walk up to Sacromonte.

It’s a steep road, if you don’t feel like walking up, take a taxi to the top of the hill and then walk down.

To know more about the history of the neighborhood visit the Museo Cuevas Sacromonte, Barranco de los Negros, +34 958 215 120 (info@sacromontegranada.com),Summer: Daily 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00; Winter: Daily 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00.

You will also get to enjoy incredible views of the Alhambra.

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