There are several ballads set in Granada. They can be linked to the Albaicín (Albayzin) the Romance de la luna, luna (Ballad of the Moon, Moon) and La monja gitana (The Gypsy Nun). The Romance sonámbulo (Sleepwalking Ballad) is related to the Alhambra and the Romance de la pena negra (Ballad of the Black Sorrow) to the Sacromonte.
San Miguel is a challenge to the bourgeoisie of Granada. It is set in the pilgrimage that takes place on September 29 on the hill of San Miguel or Aceituno (Olive Tree) (behind the Albaicín) and in the hermitage dedicated to the archangel. The cult of the saint can be found in popular songs. In the poem there are allusions to the pilgrimage and to the custom that existed of lovers giving each other sunflowers or chestnuts on this day, as well as to the carving of the saint (from 1675, by Bernardo Francisco de la Mora), an androgynous image that gives rise to the description in the romance of a kind of gay patron saint of Granada.