For hundreds of years the mineral-rich thermal springs at Alhama de Granada have been credited with possessing revitalizing and therapeutic properties, and in particular are believed to relieve rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica, myalgic pain, certain skin problems and many respiratory conditions. The Alhama de Granada hot springs have been channelled into baths since Roman times.
Alhama de Granada is a picturesque little town just half-an-hour’s drive from Granada city. The town is perched at the top of a ravine through which the river Alhama flows. The hot springs are located in a poplar grove by the banks of the river, just a short distance from the town centre (2,5 km).
The springs are one of Andalusia’s best-kept secrets, rarely mentioned in tourist guides and frequented almost exclusively by locals. By day, the springs are used by families living nearby, and by night they are a popular apres-nightclub “chill out” rendezvous for early morning revellers. The natural pools vary in size and temperature, so the ideal approach is to try them out and stay in the one where you feel most comfortable. In the upper pool, the smallest one, the temperature reaches above 40ºC. The second, oval-shaped pool can accommodate 8 to 10 people without crowding, with a slightly milder temperature and a concrete bottom. The third natural pool, which pours its water into the river, is the coolest, although the bottom is sandy-muddy. This last pool is where people from the town used to wash clothes, belongings, or bathe themselves. The composition of the thermal water includes sulfates, bicarbonates, magnesium, calcium, etc., making it perfect for bone or respiratory diseases.
The town of Alhama is itself well worth a visit. It is steeped in history, offering visitors a chance to explore its charming streets and historic sites after a day of relaxation at the spa or the strings.
To find the springs, take the turn-off beside the modern bridge over the Rio Alhama and keep going for approximately 2,5 kilometer, through a dramatic gorge.
Leveraging the same mineral waters, in Alhama you can go to the Hotel Balneario Alhama de Granada, a renowned spa resort. Situated amid stunning natural surroundings, this spa is famed for its thermal waters, which have been enjoyed for centuries for their therapeutic properties. Visitors come to relax and rejuvenate in the soothing pools and partake in a range of wellness treatments, from massages to hydrotherapy. It icludes two restaurants, thermal outdoors pool, reading room, etc. The serene ambiance and beautiful vistas make it an ideal retreat for those seeking a tranquil escape.