Carmen de los Martires in Granada – a Haven of Tranquility and Peace
The Carmen de los Martires (Carmen of the Martyrs) is located in the surroundings of the Alhambra, south of the walled enclosure with just over seven hectares known by the Christians as the Corral de Captives, and subsequently Campo de los Martires.
Corral was called Captives in memory of the Christian captives who remained in the Arab prisons.
In the Carmen de los Martires, the Catholic Queen ordered the building of the first church in Granada on the top of the hill, in memory of the Christian martyrs who suffered under the Arab domination in these places.
This would later become a bigger church and a convent, with several chapels and a cloister, and equipped with several outbuildings.
In the nineteenth century the convent was sold, and after passing through several owners, the palace was built with its gardens.
The Carmen de los Martires is a romantic set of gardens, a successful blend of French and English styling.
Designated an Artistic Garden, its last owner Cristina de la Cruz donated the Carmen de los Mártires to the City of Granada, after a miserable season in which the gardens nearly disappeared.
The palace and gardens were partly restored and now it is ideal for taking walks, weddings and official receptions.
Today you can visit its beautiful gardens and appreciate magnificent panoramas of the city, the Vega and the Sierra Nevada.
Entrance Price of the Carmen de los MartiresThe entrance to the Carmen de los Martires is free.
Carmen de los Martires Opening Hours
Winter (from 16 October to 31 March)
- Monday-Friday from 10:00 h to 14:00 h and 16:00 h to 18:00 hours.
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
Summer (from 16 April to 15 October)
- Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 h and 18:00 to 20:00 hours.
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 20:00 hours.
Contact Information and How to Get to ThereYou can reach the Carmen de los Mártires by Alhambra Bus number C30, C32 and C35 (a small red minibus).
You can catch these buses in Isabel la Catolica Street. These are the same buses that go to the Alhambra. Get off at the stop "Carmen de los Martires".
Address: Paseo de los Mártires s/n, Granada 18009.
Telephone: 958 248 140
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Page Updated: August 14, 2020
Opinions about Carmen de los Martires in Granada
Stunning views of GranadaA wonderful place, very close to the Alhambra.
Its peaceful gardens are perfect for a long stroll. There are many benches to sit and relax near fountains and a large pond with ducks and geese. The building looks very nice. It is a pity that is not open to the public. The most astonishing thing about this place is the viewpoint.