Sacromonte Abbey - Great Architecture and Splendid Panoramic View
The Sacromonte is one of the mystical districts in Granada. Walking up the Camino del Sacromonte, from the Cuesta del Chapiz, you will see a large stone cross, next to the chapel of the Santo Sepulcro.
This is the route to the Sacromonte Abbey. Located on Mount Valparaiso, the Sacromonte Abbey shows us the cultural past of the city and is vital to understanding the history of Granada.
The complex has three main parts: the Abbey made in Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries, the College of the Seventeenth Century and the Seminary.
Crossing the courtyard with 28 arches we enter a chapel which has a small altar by the entrance, leading to several caves in which were found a number of relics and texts from the Sixteenth Century.
A cross that is believed to have belonged to St. John of God is located in the main cave at the site where the holy men were burned.
Opposite the entrance to the caves is a beautiful Madonna which was donated by Don Pedro Pascasio.
At the entrance to the street that leads to the Sacromonte Abbey is the Hermitage of the Holy Sepulchre, built in the Seventeenth Century.
Sacromonte Abbey has breathtaking views of the the Alhambra, el Albaicin, del river Darro and the magnificent peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
Sacromonte Abbey Opening Hours and Guided ToursFriday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.
There is a mass every Sunday at 12:30.
Sacromonte Abbey offers audio guide in several languages: Spanish, German, Chinese, French, Dutch, English, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian.
Advance online booking required.
Sacromonte Abbey Admission Fee
- Sacromonte Abbey admission fee (with guided tour) is 5 euros.
- Free admission for children under 10 years.
- Groups (more than 15 people): 4 euros, booking required (by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone: 958 22 14 45).
- People with disabilities and pilgrims on the Route of Saint James: 2 euros (accreditation required).
You cannot visit the Sacromonte Abbey without a guide.
You can book this 5 euro tour at Sacromonte Abbey Guided Tour.
How to Get to Sacromonte Abbey
By BusYou can reach the Sacromonte Abbey from Plaza Nueva by bus number C34.
The buses have an average frequency of 20 minutes. Duration of the trip is about 15 mins.
By CarYou can not go to the Sacromonte Abbey through Sacromonte Road by car. But you can go up the Caretera de Murcia -> Camino Viejo de Fargue.
300 metres before Camino Viejo de Fargue crosses A-4002 turn right to Sacromonte Abbey.
By TaxiTaxis are allowed to ascend the Camino de Sacromonte, it takes about 10 mins from Plaza Nueva and will cost 5-7 euros.
Contact DetailsAddress: Camino del Sacromonte 4, Granada, Telephone: 958 221 445.
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Page Updated: July 30, 2020
Opinions about Sacromonte Abbey in Granada
Nice place, book in advanceThis is one of very few places in Granada that requires pre-booking as you cannot visit it without a guided tour, so book first because places are limited. Normally you can book for the next day but do it earlier just in case.
The guided tour costs 5 euros. The tour includes the church, the small museum and the caves. The guide is in Spanish and in English. If you have a Granada Card the tour will be free.
Beautiful abbey with the fantastic viewsThe Abadia is beautiful in a lovely setting, up the hill with the fantastic views of Granada and the Alhambra. You can take a bus in Plaza Nueva, it will take you directly to the Sacromonte Abbey.
If you are fit you can walk but it is a very steep climb, probably not a good idea in July or August.
If you walk, you will pass by the caves where the gypsies still live now.
The abbey was the first private university of Spain. The caves are cool and peaceful; there is a small museum and beautiful church.
Unfortunately several parts of the building are not repaired and are falling apart after fire some years ago, but they are only visible from the top of the hill.