The history of Sacromonte dates back to the beginning of the 16th century when the Jewish and Muslim population abandoned Granada after the expulsion decree signed by the Catholic Monarchs. The city was mainly uninhabited and the Albaicin lost a large part of its population.
In response to this demographic drain, Romany settlers from all over Europe were allowed to settle in the upper part of the Albaicin, in the neighborhood known today as Sacromonte. Thus, the neighborhood was filled with artists and bohemians who began to build houses carved into the rock, giving birth to the caves of Sacromonte.
The caves of Sacromonte
The caves are the hallmark of Sacromonte and one of its main tourist attractions. Their construction was completely improvised by the Romany people who inhabited this neighborhood in the 16th century. Today, it's possible to imagine what these dwellings looked like several centuries ago by visiting the Sacromonte Caves Museum.
Currently, many of the Sacromonte caves are conditioned to host flamenco shows. Witnessing a live zambra in the Sacromonte caves is a must-see activity in Granada.
The Sacromonte neighborhood is located on the outskirts of the city center of Granada. The best option is to go up by bus (lines 31, 32, and 35) and walk back down along the Carrera del Darro and enjoy a spectacular view of the Alhambra. If you want to make the most of your visit to this neighborhood, you can also visit the incredible Sacromonte Abbey.