- Address: Sacromonte, 18010 Granada, Spain
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Neighborhoods
Yet another noteworthy neighbourhood, this one is known more for its people than the architecture. This hilly area is called Sacromonte, which translates to “sacred mount”, and it is named after the Sacromonte Abbey which was built in 1600. But its origins date back to Roman times, where mines were cut into the hillside. These subsequently became catacombs and the current neighbourhood is built on them. Like most of Andalusia it was under Moorish rule, but in the 16th century relics emerged that proved its Christian history. These relics were later shown to be fabricated, though the saint attributed to them, Saint Cecilius, is still considered to be Granada’s patron saint and first bishop. More interesting is the fact that the hillsides are the traditional Gitano quarter of the city. The Gitano are the Spanish Romani, otherwise known as gypsies, and this area has the highest concentration of Romani in Spain. The caves on the hillside have been converted into simple homes by the Gitano community. The gypsies are renowned for the Flamenco dance and music, though the origins of Flamenco are purely Andalusian.
Sacromonte Travel Tips
- Travel light, you will be walking around a neighbourhood, don’t be encumbered with heavy baggage.
- Sunscreen, water and comfortable walking shoes are good ideas.
- The view from the top of the hill is spectacular. One gets to see both the Alhambra and Albayzin.
- Tickets are never sold out for the Flamenco dances, so don’t be conned into thinking they are. Surf around, there are plenty of places offering the same thing.
- The climb up the hill is quite steep. Take a bus or a Segway tour.
- Be sure to catch a Flamenco dance as the Gitano style is a different.
- The Cave Museum of Sacromonte offers a look into the life of the people that inhabit this area.
Entrance Ticket Details For Sacromonte
- Free entry
- Paid guided tours are available.
- Various attractions may have individual entry fee.
- Neighborhood is open throughout the year.
- Individual attractions will have separate timings.
How to Reach Sacromonte
- Bus C2 stops at Sacromonte – Santo Sepulcro.
- The neighbourhood is dotted with eateries and bars.
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61.02% of people who visit Granada include Sacromonte in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
40.63% of people start their Sacromonte visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Sacromonte
85.79% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sacromonte