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makinghay Apr 12th, 2013 08:30 PM

Granada cave dwellings
I've booked a Cuevas el-Banico cave house In the Sacramonte in Granada for 3 nights in May. They sound so unique and wonderful...get GREAT reviews. But I can't seem to get sound information on how long and how steep the uphill climb is to get to them. I've read that there are now minivans that go part of the way, but still can't tell what is left! ( I keep imagining getting all the way down and hearing "I thought YOU had the Alhambra tickets!!)

We are seniors, but are used to doing hill climbs and loads of stairs in Europe,, but many times a day could be a bit much if the climb is extreme. Reviewers really downplay the effort involved. I'm hoping that one of you "expert advisors" has first hand knowledge on these houses. I CAN cancel the reservation, but really want the experience if not too crazy.

Time is getting short for my final decision,,,,,

kimhe Apr 12th, 2013 10:25 PM

Great rewievs from people who have stayed there:

WomBatt Apr 13th, 2013 01:14 AM

I have no recollection of the property but I will have walked past at some time.
Yes, the minibuses will get you almost there at point A here -
And I think there is still one, running along the Camino del Sacromonte, which would drop you half the distance away.
Does this help?

makinghay Apr 14th, 2013 11:49 AM

Thank you both. I just got Rick Steve's book yesterday and it sheds a lot of light on the subject. WomBatt, you helped a lot by knowing where the bus leaves off. Rick further clarified.

For the benefit of future searchers on this subject, I'll expand. He actually says that the ew#35 bus (every 40 minutes from Plaza Nueva)can take one to Sacromonte 2 bus stop, leaving you with a "very steep but interesting 10 MINUTE HIKE to the top (past the cave dwellings). now I KNOW we'll have no problem. Alternatively, can take more frequent bus#31 or #32 then walk, giving a good look at the whole area.

Strangely, I think, my 2013 Fodor's ignores and even writes off the Sacramonte area. Seems like a disservice for such a special area. I hope I remember to get back to this forum after our trip to comment. Gracias!

P.S. Got my Vueling flight and boarding passes last night with no problem. Just follow all the suggestions on doing so that are explained on their website. I had continually heard that using the site was nearly impossible and was dreading the task. Most importantly, "JOIN" Vueling first, then be sure to contact your CC company with your upcoming foreign expenditures so they will OK the transaction immediately.

WomBatt Apr 14th, 2013 11:55 PM

Thanks for the thanks.

A longer alternative - take a no. 7 from almost opposite the Cathedral to Mirador San Cristobal and walk/roll down.

Suggest a credibus card may save a few €/cents -
and yes you can share the card.

kimhe Apr 15th, 2013 03:31 AM

Perhaps take a look at the book "Granada, City of my Dreams" by Lorenzo Bohme. He writes about Sacromonte:

Excerpt dealing with Sacromonte:

You know of course of the tourist oriented flamenco shows up here:

If you want to see flamenco, I nevertheless recommend to go for the Thursday night performance at Peña la Platería, one of the oldets existing flamenco clubs in Spain. In the Albaycín district close to the center and Plaza Nueva. Sometimes they also have performances on Saturday nights. The performances starts at 10.30pm and the entrance is only some 10-12€ with one drink included.

This clip gives you an idea of the place and the atmosphere. Here, the extremely popular singer Diana Navarro from Málaga performs. She is not a traditional flamenco singer, but she has a beautiful voice and are fully capable of creating magic:

Or go to La Cueva de la Bulería in Sacromonte at night, after the tourist shows.

weber6560 Apr 15th, 2013 04:39 PM

20 years ago I went into one of those "cave clubs" and when I came out there was daylight!

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