Granada’s Sacromonte is home to some of the most beautiful monuments and architecture in the world. Its rich history is reflected in its gypsy caves and the majestic Arab palace of La Alhambra. The fairytale setting to be found here is only enhanced by the Sierra Nevada mountains and the majestic sunsets that set over the horizon too. Check out this selection of the top things to do and see when in town.
One of the most historical and significant monuments in all of Spain lies in the heart of Granada’s Sacromonte. La Alhambra, meaning ‘The Red’, is replete with magnificent architecture, gardens, fountains and patios. The palace shows a mix of Iberian architecture influenced by Moorish decorations called the Mudejar style. The Nasrin palaces and the recently updated Fuente de los Leones capture the splendor of the Alhambra in all of its glory. Its named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is the most visited monument in Spain. The Alhambra is an unforgettable experience and one that’s simply not to be missed!
Calle Real de la Alhambra, Granada, Spain, +34 958 02 79 71
Museo Cuevas Del Sacramonte
This fascinating museum has an array of 10 different caves exhibiting the way of life the gypsies had in Sacromonte when they first arrived. Customers will immerse themselves in a completely different way of life and feel like they are going back in time to when some of Granada’s first inhabitants set up home here. Some of the caves are more sophisticated, while others have a more rural feel to them. Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte is unlike any other museum out there and an absolute must while in Granada.
Barranco de los Negros, Granada, Spain, +34 958 21 51 20
Parador de Granada
The Parador de Granada operates as a parador and as a hotel and has the prestige of being right inside the Alhambra itself. In fact, this was a lavish Moorish palace until it was turned into a Franciscan convent and then transformed to the beautiful hotel that it is today. This parador is the perfect spot to pop in for a satisfying lunch after a long morning walk exploring the monument’s grounds. Afterwards, patrons can get away from the crowds and enjoy a peaceful stroll around the parador. In short, this is a true gem for those looking to spend the full day in Sacromonte.
Calle Real de la Alhambra, Granada, Spain, +34 958 22 14 40
Play Granada is new and exciting way to experience the historical district of Sacromonte. Numerous tours are offered here, ranging from traditional ones that are walking-only to fun and unique tours that are done using a segway or even an electric bike. However, the most adventurous tour happens at night, as visitors are guided through a number of different gypsy caves and the forests of the Alhambra by flashlight. For those that are not as daring, Play Granada’s other tours show a true glimpse of the maze-like streets of Sacramonte and give visitors a true feel of the city by exploring secret spots that are off-the-beaten-track.
Calle Sta. Ana, 2, Granada, Spain, +34 958 16 36 84
Abadia Del Sacromonte
Situated in Mount Valparaiso, Abadia del Sacromonte offers magnificent views of the Darro iver and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. To get to the top of the Abadia, travelers can either ride a bike or walk up towards the emblematic building on foot. There are daily guided tours in Spanish that explain the history behind the architecture and take you through some caves. This Abadia is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and find some peace and quiet. Weddings are also frequently hosted here due to the idyllic nature of the location and exotic beauty of the monument itself.
Camino del Sacromonte, Granada, Spain, +34 958 22 14 45
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