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Carmen de los Mártires: the romantic Granada

  • Granada
  • Available in: English, Spanish

About the guru Roberto M.

My name is Roberto M. I'm 44 and I love the history of Granada, which I like to show to the people. My speciality? All those unknown places of the city keeping great beauties and secrets.

My name is Roberto M. I'm 44 and I love the history of Granada, which I like to show to the people. My speciality? All those unknown places of the city keeping great beauties and secrets.

About the tour

IMPORTANT: Please, advise with 24 hours in advance. Thank you.

Our visit will last between two and three hours:

1. Once we are at the Alhambra Palace hotel's main entrance, we'll access to the Carmen through its own car park while making a brief summary about the history of this unique space in the city.

2. Once we are at the Carmen's area, we'll look at the amazing artificial water cave located at the entrance. There we'll look the names of a few famous Spanish celebrities of the 19th century.

3. When arriving to the main esplanade, I will talk about the missing convent, the meaning of the name of this place and the history of the owners of the building (among them, Don Humberto de Meersmans). Of course, you can take pictures over the tour. Along the way, you'll see photos and engravings about it in the successive periods of its construction.

4. After that, we will go through the Nazarí Courtyard (inspired by those of the Alhambra) with another refreshing artificial cave. There I will offer you a brief speech about the Duke of Infantado.

5. Once we leave behind us the Nazarí courtyard, we will arrive at the English Garden (where the sun doesn't enter on the hottest days of summer due to the amount of its exotic trees). We will also mention the relationship this mansion has with José Zorrilla (the unforgettable creator of Don Juan Tenorio's character) and the destruction that meant the construction of the hotel that never came to be (this case will also be illustrated with photos).

6. From there, we will continue through the Spanish Garden (a similar to the nineteenth-century carmenes of Granada), with a pond very similar to the ditches of the Generalife.

7. Next, we will go up to the French Garden, a reminiscence of those with Versallesque symbology, used by the aristocracy for parties and ceremonies at the beginning of the last century.

8. From there, we will go to the forest-labyrinth zone where I will offer information about the species and other types of vegetation existing in the Carmen;

9. Following a few slight slopes, we will arrive to the highest place of the carmen, from where we'll be seducted by an unforgettable panorama of Granada, hidden a little by the extensive vegetation of the enclosure;

10. When going down, we'll find another artificial cave and we'll reach San Juan de la Cruz's Cedar (famous religious poet also very related to the history of this space).

11. Then, we'll continue through the garden. There, I'll explain the history of the orchards that were there when the convent was and the function they also have today. It is one of the places chosen by couples to make their wedding report.

12. Finally, we will go up to the artificial lake made for the use and pleasure of its owners and the high nobility of Granada (and where it is not uncommon for us to find people painting). There we can also contemplate the species of ducks and peacocks that inhabit it.

Important: please, advise with 24 hours in advance. Thank you.

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How to find me: I am tall, with gray hair and I'll be at the Alhambra Palace hotel's main entrance with a black handbag and a magazine in my hand.
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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Ratings 8

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Stéphanie

7 months ago

Visitar el Carmen de los Mártires con Roberto fue una experiencia única. Él sabe mucho sobre la historia del Carmen y se nota que le apasiona el tema; esto permite que la visita sea muy interesante. Además es simpático y atento. ¡Les recomiendo descubrir este lugar tan precioso con Roberto!

Visiter le Carmen de los Mártires avec Roberto est une experience unique. Il sait beaucoup de choses sur l'histoire du Carmen et on voit bien qu'il est passionné ce qui rend la visite très intéressante. De plus il est sympathique et attentionné. Je vous recommande Roberto pour découvrir ce si beau lieu!

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Response from Roberto M.:

Merci beaucoup de votre commentaire, Stéphanie! Je parle français aussi et j'espère vous revoir à une otre ocassion.
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David

9 months ago

Roberto clearly has a passion for his lovely city of Granada, and particularly the lesser known locations. Carmen de los Martires is such a place which apparently many of the citizens of Granada know of but have never visited. We enjoyed the many stories Roberto shared with us during this very interesting walking tour.

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Response from Roberto M.:

Thanks so much for your appreciation, David. I hope to ser you again here. Have a nivel travel!
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Irene Margarita Peña García

9 months ago

Un free tour muy completo, con un guía muy competente e informado. No es el típico free tour aburrido lleno de datos únicamente historicos. Muy muy recomendable

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Response from Roberto M.:

Muchísimas gracias, Irene. Espero contar con ustedes en otra ocasión.
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Sarah

10 months ago

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Anabelle Kachel

11 months ago

Desgraciadamente el guía no vino. Esperábamos pero sin é

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Response from Roberto M.:

Buenas tardes: Siento no haberles podido contestar por motivos personales. Es por ello por lo que, si han leído anteriores mensajes míos en la página, pido encarecidamente que me avisen mínimo con 24 horas de antelación, pues a veces se me puede presentar algún imprevisto y que yo no pueda contestarles con suficiente antelación. Repito, lamento el incidente y espero volver a verles. Un saludo, Roberto M. Martínez
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Vera

12 months ago

What a beautiful visit! Thanks Roberto!

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Response from Roberto M.:

Thank's so much for your comment, Vera. I hope to see you soon again.
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