Granada has an abundance of beautifully restored historic sights and stunning viewpoints.
I thought that on my fourth visit, I had probably run out of places that would surprise me, but I’m happy to report that wasn’t the case.
Casa del Chapiz was one of those pleasant surprises!
Casa del Chapiz is an important cultural site in Granada that reflects the city’s diverse history and the blending of Moorish and Christian influences.
I didn’t even know about this place and only spotted it open when I stopped for a drink and bocadillo in the cafe opposite.
These small places tend to have random opening hours, so that’s probably why I never even realized there is a historic sight hiding behind the unsuspecting doors at the entrance to Sacromonte.
History of Casa del Chapiz
Casa del Chapiz is a Mudéjar style home dating back to the 16th century.
It was acquired by the government in 1919 and restored to its former beauty. It very much resembles the Nasrid Palaces, complete with a gorgeous arched patio and pond.
The house occupies 6000 square meters, in a very important location on the borders of Albaicin and Sacromonte. It has an interesting history, but I won’t bore you with all the details – they are wonderfully covered on this blog (hit English in chrome browser translator).
Not all of the house is open for visit. The top floors are used by the School of Arabis Studies of the Higher Council for Research, and you can only browse the courtyards and the gardens.
As I walked in, I really didn’t know what to expect and thought there isn’t much more to it than the two courtyards. Ready to head back a little disappointed, I turned around the corner to find a stunning garden with spectacular views of the Alhambra!
There was absolutely nobody else visiting, so I had the whole garden to myself and could admire the beautifully manicured hedges, blooms and fragrant lemon trees. The place was serene and the views are certainly hard to beat!
Is Casa del Chapiz Worth a Visit?
I will let you be the judge – check the photos below!
I have added location, ticket info and opening hours at the end of the post. Also, there are tips for more stunning sights to explore in Granada – check them out.
How To Get There
You can walk up the hill at the end of Paseo de los Tristes (Cuesta del Chapiz), and at the crossroad of this hill and the Camino del Sacromonte, you will see the building at the corner.
I have marked the location on the map here:
Entrance Fees & Opening Hours
The tickets cost 2 euros, and the lady at the tiny ticket office will happily help you to get them from the ticket machine. She spoke really good English too, which is always a bonus!
Opening hours are a little random, so just make sure you check the times before you venture there.
From September 15 to April 30: Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:00.
From May 1 to September 14: Monday to Sunday 9:00-14:30 and 17:00-20:30.