There are plenty of appealing places to visit in the surroundings of the Albayzín. Moreover, these places are not overcrowded with tourists, which makes the visit more enjoyable. Its location is easy to reach, an additional value to our walk around Albayzín.
1. Cuevas del Sacromonte Museum
*Foto de Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte
This museum is located in the heart of Sacromonte district, in the cliff called Barranco de los Negros just in front of the Alhambra.
This ethnographic and environmental museum works to point out the value of the Sacromonte heritage through cultural, environmental and educational activities.
There are 10 caves in the museum in which the visitor can learn about Sacromonte inhabitants’ living conditions and old crafts such as wickerwork, forging, ceramics and weaving. This museum exhaustively explains the concept of Troglodytism and the history of Flamenco.
This museum organizes activities and guided tours for groups. It also rents spaces for events or activities.
- Winter (from October 15th to March 14th): From 10 AM to 6 PM (From Monday to Sunday)
- Summer (from March 15th to October 14th): From 10 AM to 8 PM (From Monday to Sunday)
For further information visit sacromontegranada.com
This web includes detailed information about Sacromonte history, medicinal plants and minerals in the area, gypsy people trades and works, types of caves etc.
2. Abadía del Sacromonte
The Sacromonte abbey stands at the top of the valley of Valparaíso, over the Darro Riverside, crowning the district that bears its name. This Abbey is a 400-year-old institution. An outstanding place located in a unique natural environment that has been for centuries one of the main spiritual and cultural centres in Andalusia.
According to its website: “Nowadays, in the 21st century, Sacromonte Abbey is a living place that looks to the future. This abbey was always a place for reception and pilgrimage; a place to live the Christian experience; a space for dialogue between cultures and religions; an institution that promotes research, culture and art; and a place that guards a large collection of historical, documental and artistic heritage.”
The Sacromonte Abbey Foundation is currently working on the restoration of the most damaged areas of the Abbey. However, the Foundation always promotes the Abbey’s religious and cultural life, which is the main reason for its existence.
Sacromonte Abbey Foundation won the Architectural, Historic, Religious and Cultural Value Award granted by COPE Granada Radio Station.
The Radio Station wanted to recognize the foundation’s work for the complete rehabilitation of the Abbey. This work allowed the abbey to be again a centre for Christian spirituality, liturgy, education and pilgrimage, just as it was four centuries ago.
Javier Restán, Sacromonte Abbey Foundation Director, explains what the abbey means for visitors: “The Abbey always amazes visitors due to its dimensions, its art and monuments collection and its religious and spiritual wealth. Another reason is the quiet and intimate environment, a beauty that makes this abbey a truly exceptional place.”