El Sacromonte y La Zambra


Sacromonte, a privileged, sunny, cave-riddled hillside at the eastern edge of Granada, above the Rio Darro and opposite the Alhambra, was traditionally this city's Gypsy quarter.

Nowadays most of the caves have been bought by foreign visitors for holiday homes and the most of the Gypsies have moved to comfortable flats in the city. But by night, when the guitars start to sound and the castanets to "castañear" the talented Gypsies return to Sacromonte to stage their "Zambra" flamenco shows.

  The Sacromonte Gypsy quarter meanders down its hill opposite the Alhambra.

The entrance to one of Sacromonte's most famous Zambra caves, that of María La Canastera, which is now run by her son, Enrique, and where her granddaughter still dances..

The interior of the Zambra of María La Canastera with its mementos of almost 100 years of flamenco performances.
The historic Zambra of Manolo Amaya, one of Sacromonte's first.