Sacromonte is another world. Though only minutes walk away from the Albaicín and merely 20 from the busy city centre, the atmosphere is altogether more rural and quiet. The area rises up on the Valaparaíso Hill overlooking the Darro Valley. It was named after the Abbey at the top of the hill, founded in the 17th century.
Sacromonte is the home of gypsies, artists and bohemians, its history as a neighbourhood really begins in the 16th century, when muslims and jews were forced out of their homes in the city and began to make their homes beyond the city walls, That is how they became cave dwelling.
Gypsies may have begun to arrive accompanying the Catholic Monarchs’ troops during the conquest of the city. By 1850 there were already records of renown flamenco artists taking part in Zambras– the traditional gypsy gatherings of flamenco dance and song in Granada. The most well-known caves in the Sacromonte are those dedicated to Zambras. Traditionally decorated with copper and brass pots and ornaments, they are today more of a show for tourists but are certainly worth a visit.
The Centro de Interpretación del Sacromonte is a kind of open-air folk museum, offering an insight into Sacromonte’s geology and environment, cave building, handcrafts, food, and musical traditions.
There are also great views over Granada and the Alhambra. As you wander, imagine this in the 1950s, when it was still a bustling community of Romani cave-dwellers. Today, higher up, hippies squat in abandoned caves.
Finally, we will enjoy a flamenco show with well-known artist at the foot of the Alhambra.
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