The cave of María
The cave where the Zambra is performed.
You can see the interior of the cave of María "La Canastera" above. It is now a veritable shrine to flamenco. The dancers perform in the central aisle and the audience sit around the edge. Very often in the flamenco caves parts of the floor are covered in wood. This is to increase the "taconeo" or the acoustic effect of the heels of the dancers as they strike the floor. The cave is adorned with copperware, mainly plates and goblets and there is also many photographs of the many famous people who visited the cave in its heyday.
In the photo on the left you can see the outside of the cave. Just a few paces away from the entrance you will be able to see excellent views of the Alhambra.
The cueva de "La Canastera" specialises in Zambra which is normally performed by a family. The performance represents the rich tradition of gypsy folklore. The Zambra is generally happy, enchanting and full of the abundant grace with is exuded by the gypsies.
You will also be able to see how this cave was a dwelling in which María brought up her five children.
It is not possible to book a performance
unless you are a group of more than 20 people. Most of the performances
are after 9.30 in the evening. If you want to go as an individual you
would either have to go at around 9pm. If you prefer you can phone
647 895 at around 7pm to
ask if there is a performance that night.
This web site contains the following pages:-
María "La Canastera"
The caves of the Sacromonte Granada
The cave as a dwelling
Geological origin of the caves
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