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.

Timetables:

  • 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.”

3. Cuesta de los Chinos

It is one of the most beautiful slopes in Granada, and it was restored recently. It connects Paseo de los Tristes with the Alhambra. Admire its diverse flora and fauna, enjoy the walk in this slope with all the senses: sight, smell, and hearing… Our recommendation is to visit the link of the online magazine Waste to know more about the different species of this area.

Climb uphill. It seems to be in the middle of nature, even though the city is a few steps behind. Listen to the sound of water running down a stream and birds singing, then observe the sides of the path full of vegetation. Stop halfway to contemplate the beautiful view of the Albayzín.

Reach the top of the slope to walk in the marvellous surroundings of the Alhambra. Turn left to arrive at the Alhambra ticket sale zone. Turn right to go downhill through the Nasrid monument’s woods to reach Plaza Nueva. The stop number five of this itinerary is dedicated to the woods.

4. El camino del Avellano

This is an outstanding pathway along the left side of Darro River. Ángel Ganivet, a famous writer from Granada, and the artist fraternity named Cofradía del Avellano used to meet there. They organized social gatherings next to the fountain called Fuente del Avellano with the impressive view of the caves and the Sacromonte Abbey. Some poetry lovers are trying to restore this tradition nowadays. Some iron plaques with verses of local and international poets guard the pathway since 2003. Unfortunately, vandals regularly attack these little pieces of poetry, and as such, they are usually damaged.

To reach Camino del Avellano, cross Darro River through the last bridge in Paseo de los Tristes. Walk until the restaurant in the corner and follow the path on the left, which is in a perfect state of conservation.

There is a viewpoint at the end of the pathway with seats, where you can rest and enjoy the exuberant landscape crowned by the Sacromonte Abbey.

5. Bosques de la Alhambra

These woods cover the hillsides of the Alhambra and are located after the gate called Puerta de las Granadas. There are three pedestrian paths crossing the woods. The one on the right goes to Torres Bermejas a stronghold tower, Manuel de Falla Auditorium and Carmen de los Mártires.The one on the left, previously known as Cuesta empedrada, starts with a marble cross and leads to the south flank of the Alhambra wall, where the entrance is located.

There are many different vegetal species covering the hillsides such as poplars, horse chestnuts, Mediterranean hackberries, plane trees, acacias, box elders, laurel trees and some aspens. Plenty of water runs down waterfalls and streams that line the paths. This water comes from the springs in the heart of the woods. Moreover, there are more than 300 species of fungi.

Common swifts, pigeons, sparrows, European robins and other bird species are plentiful in this rich ecosystem. The most common mammals are squirrels, common and Mediterranean pine voles, hedgehogs, cats, wood mice and some foxes.

6. Cuesta de Gomérez

*Foto de Sergio Luque

This is the most direct way to reach the Alhambra from Plaza Nueva. One of the most beautiful also. The slope is steep, but the climb is very appealing. In the first half of the hill, there are beautiful workshops of Granada traditional handicraft such as wood inlay or guitar making.

In the last few years, many shops and businesses were set up in this street in order to improve the tourism offer in the area.

To reach the Alhambra forest, walk uphill through this almost traffic-free zone. Puerta de las Granadas is the gate that connects the city with the quieter Arab monument. Our suggestion is to keep climbing through the wooded area, although the steep slope does not make it easy.