The night of my visit to Granada, I joined CR and KG, two ladies from my tour group, on a night tour of Sacromonte after the flamenco performance. We tried to get Hugo to come along with us, but he replied, “Real Madrid is playing,” and that was that. Getting up into the neighborhood was an adventure on its own – the bus driver was confident navigating the narrow streets but maybe too confident. He went crazy fast around hair-pin turns and down massive hills.
Sacromonte is part of the district in Granada called Albaicín. It’s the part of town where the Muslims were forced to flee after the Christian monarchs took back the city. The homes in Albaicín are carmens: a free-standing house surrounded by a garden behind a high wall or fence that gives the family privacy. You can also see amazing views of the Alhambra from San Nicolas Square. When we were there, it was lit beautifully at night. Our little adventure in Sacromonte made for a late night but was worth it to see something a little bit off the beaten track.
Title quote: Gypsy (Roma) proverb