Alhama de Granada is an ancient spa town located approximately 53 kilometres from Granada with 6,000 inhabitants. Not far to the northeast of Axarquia, it perches precariously at the top of a ravine where the Rio Alham carves through otherwise rolling countryside. It is well worth a visit for its picturesque location and thermal springs just outside of the town.
After driving through the town, the springs are found by taking the turn-off to the left before the bridge over the Rio Alham. Follow the lane for a kilometre or so, through a dramatic gorge with waterfalls, to the end. At this point drive through the gates on the right to the woodland carpark. From here its just a short walk across a bridge over the river to the thermal springs where bathers are usually in evidence at all times of the year.
The therapeutic, thermal springs at Alhama have been channeled into baths since Roman times. A few metres on, the Spa Hotel Balneario has a bar and restaurant open to the public, a thermally heated outdoor swimming pool, long tree-shaded walkways and a series of treatment rooms. The hotel conducts tours around the indoor horseshoe-arched Muslim bath house and the circular Queen´s steam bath.
Alhama de GranadaUseful Numbers:
Tourist Office: 958 360 686