Exploring Alhama de Granada: A Gem of Andalusia

Alhama de Granada, nestled in the heart of Andalusia, Spain, is a picturesque town renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, rich history, and authentic Spanish charm. Situated amidst on the edge of a canyon, this hidden gem offers visitors an immersive experience in traditional Spanish culture while providing ample opportunities for outdoor adventure and relaxation.

Discovering the Rich History

Steeped in history, Alhama de Granada boasts a fascinating past that dates back centuries. The town’s name itself, “Alhama,” derives from the Arabic word meaning “hot springs,” due to the healing virtues of its thermal waters, praised throughout antiquity, now one of the most renowned thermal establishments in all of Spain. Throughout the centuries, Alhama de Granada has been inhabited by various civilizations, including the Romans, Moors, and Christians, each leaving their distinct mark on the town’s architecture, culture, and traditions. Because of its strategic location, it became a stronghold of the Nasrid kingdom and played an important role in the War of Granada; besieged on several occasions by the Christians, it would finally fall in 1482. During the War of Independence between France and Spain, the defense that the people of Alhama put up against the Napoleonic troops was noted for its heroism, causing great losses to the French army, both in terms of lives and property. In the end, the French harassment was eased with the contribution of 10,000 reales gathered from all the residents. The city was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1884; the determined support of King Alfonso XII and the economic aid from all over Spain made a rapid reconstruction possible, which was carried out respecting the previous architecture.


 The town’s winding streets and whitewashed buildings evoke a sense of medieval charm, inviting travelers to step back in time and immerse themselves in its storied history.

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Tajos de Alhama

Natural Wonders and Outdoor Activities

Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, Alhama de Granada is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The town is nestled within the stunning Sierra de Tejeda Natural Park, offering a wealth of hiking trails, mountain biking routes, and opportunities for birdwatching amidst spectacular mountain scenery. 

One of the town’s most famous attractions is the Alhama Gorge (El Tajo), a dramatic canyon carved by the waters of the Rio Alhama. Visitors can marvel at the sheer cliffs  while enjoying scenic walks along the gorge’s edge or adventurous hikes down into its depths. Check our page Tajos de Alhama hiking trail.

For those seeking relaxation, Alhama de Granada is renowned for its thermal springs, which have been prized for their therapeutic properties since ancient times. The town’s thermal baths, dating back to the Moorish era, offer a tranquil oasis where visitors can unwind and rejuvenate in the soothing waters. Find out more at our page Termas de Alhama de Granada

Traditions and Gastronomic Delights

Alhama de Granada’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in its vibrant festivals, lively markets, and traditional cuisine. Visitors can immerse themselves in the town’s cultural traditions by attending events such as the Carnival or the Wine Fair.

The town’s gastronomy is a celebration of Andalusian flavors, with dishes showcasing the region’s fresh produce, legumes, vegetables, and olive oil. Among stews, breadcrumbs, and other dishes, the “olla jameña” stands out, a hearty dish that can be accompanied by traditional must wines produced in the area. Additionally, the pastry deserves mention, with the delicate sweets made by the Clarisas nuns of San Diego. From hearty stews and grilled meats to tapas bursting with local ingredients, Alhama de Granada offers a culinary journey that delights the senses and satisfies the palate. 

Places to visit in Alhama de Granada

Centro de Interpretación de Alhama de Granada

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It is an old 17th-century prison where we can learn about the history, festivals, and customs of Alhama in a very enjoyable way. It offers a comprehensive conceptual approach, as it combines new exhibition techniques such as retroprojected panels, display cases, multimedia and interactive elements, as well as a modern 3D projection room. It has 6 rooms, each dedicated to a part of its history. 

Additionally, if desired, visitors can feel and see the earthquake that practically devastated the area on Christmas night. Open: from wednesday until Sundat 11am – 3pm.

Iglesia Mayor de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación

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The Church of the Incarnation in Alhama is an iconic architectural landmark in the city, visible from any point in the locality. Its facade, adorned with vegetal motifs, and its imposing Renaissance tower are prominent features. Inside, a spacious Gothic-style nave reveals the predominance of this architecture. Additionally, it houses a museum exhibiting religious artifacts dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. This church, along with others like the Carmen and Angustias, is part of Alhama’s religious heritage. 



The former 13th-century synagogue, later converted into a communal granary in the 16th century, stands in the Plaza de Los Presos. Noteworthy features include the stone doorway adorned with two wrought iron lattice windows and the medieval facade topped with the city’s ancient coat of arms carved into the keystone of the semicircular arch.
Internally, the structure comprises two spacious aisles divided by a large central arcade. As it is privately owned, access to the interior is restricted.

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