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The Sacromonte district is actually part of the Albaicín, occupying the northern tip of the neighborhood. But what the Sacromonte really stands out for is its caves, and the flamenco that takes place within. Sacromonte's caves were initially created by the Arabs and primarily enjoyed by gypsies, who arrived to the city during the 15th century. The area is still considered a gypsy neighborhood, though it has become more diverse over time as artists from the Romantic Movement helped popularize the district to outsiders in the 19th century. Flamenco is as synonymous with Spain as bullfights and can be found anywhere in the country, but Granada is where the art form is said to have been birthed and flourished. Seeing a flamenco show in Sacromonte is a cultural experience that simply cannot be missed.

Zambras, or caves used specifically for flamenco shows, abound left and right. Zambras, as well as other restaurants and bars, can be found along Camino del Sacromonte, the district's main thoroughfare. Popular zambras include Cueva La Rocio, Cueva Maria la Canastera and Venta El Gallo. Shows times and ticket prices vary by venue, though expect tickets to range from 20 to 30 euros ($22 to $33).

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