Secrets of the Albaicín and Sacromonte

Secrets of the Albaicín and Sacromonte

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Discover more than 2 centuries of history of Granada’s most iconic neighborhoods, perched on two adjacent hills, with spectacular views overlooking the Alhambra and Generalife palaces.  Walk through narrow winding streets to the famous troglodyte homes and flamenco caves in Sacromonte.  Marvel at the elegant…

Discover more than 2 centuries of history of Granada’s most iconic neighborhoods, perched on two adjacent hills, with spectacular views overlooking the Alhambra and Generalife palaces.  Walk through narrow winding streets to the famous troglodyte homes and flamenco caves in Sacromonte.  Marvel at the elegant carmenes  of the ancient Albaicín, the whitewashed houses and flower filled patios.

Sacromonte:  After the Christian conquest of Granada, an imposing Abbey was built outside the city. Dominating the slopes of the lush Valparaiso hills and the Dauro or Darro river, it became a popular place for pilgrims.  Subsequently, Muslims and Jews, obliged to flee the city, hollowed out troglodyte dwellings in these hills.  Groups of traveling Roma gypsies also dug out caves, and an alternative lifestyle was formed.  Today their descendents live in comfortable cave homes with running water, electricity and even temperatures all year round.  A gradual fusion of this heritage gave rise to Flamenco, a unique music and dance tradition, performed in these cavernous caves.

Albaicín: the oldest inhabited part of Granada. The Albaicín has existed for over 2,500 years.  After Iberian settlements came Romans, Visigoths then Arabs.  When Granada was made capital of a small Muslim kingdom in the 11th century, the city was encircled with sturdy defensive walls, some still standing. A new Muslim power, the Nasrid dynasty, built the Alhambra, a new citadel-capital.  Maintaining the urban layout of a traditional Moorish medinat, the Albaicin was embellished further with a unique fresh water system, with lot of aljibes. And many carmenes, aristocratic houses surrounded by high walls. A perfect combination of a rustic home and a garden with fruit trees bringing color, shade and fragrance to a peaceful space.  The Albaicín, became a UNESCO World Heritage in 1994 in order to preserve this unique patrimony.

Our walking tours take place in the early morning or late afternoon to take advantage of the special light and away from the crowds and midday heat.

 

Duration of the tour: 2:30-4:00 hours

Cost of the guided tour varies, depending on its duration.  Please check with us for more information

  • 97€: 1hour.
  • 182€: 2:00-2.30h.
  • 220€: 3:00h-4:00h.

(Vat included: 21%)

One extra hour:50€

 

Monument fees not included:

Entrance fees: Arab buildings: 8€ pp

Interpretation centre of the Albaicín: 5€ pp

Cost of the guided tour varies, depending on its duration.  Please check with us for more information

Duration of the tour: 2:30-4:00 hours

Cost of the guided tour varies, depending on its duration.

Please check with us for more information

2:30 - 4 Hours
Grupos hasta 20 personas+ Age
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1
Sacromonte: Cuesta de los Negros
An excellent place to start our tour and learn about the area’s history, surrounded by impressive caves where flamenco performances, know as zambras take place nightly.
2
Sacromonte: Vereda de Enmedio
One of Granada’s most spectacular observation points with panoramic views of the Alhambra and the Albaicin.
3
Albaicín: Plaza Aliatar
This is a picturesque square, named for the the father of Moraima, wife of Granada’s last Sultan. It is an interesting start to explore the Albaicín, leading to local street markets and the oldest city wall.
4
Albaicín: Plaza de San Nicolás
The most panoramic viewpoint in Granada, and its most lively meeting point. It Offers picture perfect views of the Alhambra and Generalife. The city center of Granada and the distant Sierra Nevada mountains form a magnificent backdrop.
5
Albaicín: Plaza Aljibe del Trillo
A downhill stroll through secret squares, filled with scents of jasmine and orange blossom. It brings you to a restored aljibe, one of the ingenious water cisterns built to provide fresh drinking water to the locals.
6
Albaicín: Casa de Zafra
This historic Moorish house in the heart of the Albaicín was given to the Spanish grandee, Hernando de Zafra after the Conquest by the Catholic Kings. Acquired by the city in the 20th century, it has been meticulously restored as a classic example of Nasrid architecture and is open to the public.
7
Albaicín: El Bañuelo
Located beside the Darro river, this is one of the oldest and best preserved of Arab bathhouses in Spain, dating from 11th century. It is also the most ancient monument in Granada.

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