Sacromonte in Granada – Authentic Gypsy Neighborhood and Flamenco Capital
The Sacromonte in Granada offers diverse geography, with mountain views, meadows and rivers, and ethnic variety, with Arabs, Jews, Spaniards and gypsies, along with a new type of house, the cave.
The Gypsies settled in Granada in the eighteenth century on the slopes of Cerro de San Miguel on the edge of the Camino del Sacromonte, the old route of the Guadix Muslims.
The Sacromonte offers views of indescribable beauty: the towers of the Alhambra, the white slopes of the Albaycin, the Valparaiso valley and the River Darro.
The caves of Sacromonte are grouped around ravines, forming what amounts to streets. There are caves of several categories.
The best known to visitors are those devoted to Zambra: spacious, white and adorned with shiny copper pots.
These caves of Sacromonte in Granada are located near the road and are easily accessible.
In the upper part of Sacromonte are the caves in better condition: they have an entrance also serving as a kitchen and dining area, and one or two bedrooms.
The caves of Sacromonte have for centuries been the home of gypsies, bohemians and Flemish artists.
The Gypsies, like the Jews, are a group that has preserved its pure racial identity over the centuries.
Although the performances of flamenco in Sacromonte are now commercial and directed primarily at groups of foreign tourists, it is a must to spend at least one night in a cave of the Sacromonte to watch a flamenco show.
You can explore this beautiful neighbourhood full of history taking Albaicin and Sacromonte Guided Tour.
Flamenco shows in GranadaThere are many places and caves that offer flamenco shows in Sacromonte.
Some of the best palces for seeing flamenco in Granada, that are least touristy: Flamenco Show at La Soleá and Flamenco Tablao Jardines de Zoraya.
How to Get to SacromonteYou can reach Sacromonte by bus number C34. For more information, see Alhambra Bus.
Page Updated: August 13, 2020
Opinions about Sacromonte in Granada
Beautiful SacromonteThe Sacromonte quarter is amazing. A very recommended visit.
Take the minibus up to the Abbey and enjoy the most amazing views of Granada and the Alhambra. Then walk your way back and see the beautifully decorated caves, but don´t accept any invitation to visit private homes.
There are many caves open to the public as restaurants or flamenco night shows. They display clear signs at the door and sell official tickets.