Almeria Province - Alhama de Almería

Alhama de Almería

This Almerian town is the birthplace of Nicolás Salmerón, once president of the Primera República. Due to this, it is also known as Alhama de Salmerón, as well as Alhama la Seca. However, if this place is known for one thing in particular, then it is for its Balneario de San Nicolás (San Nicolas Spa), strongly valued by the locals, which has hot springs that stay at a temperature of 45 degrees all year round. It has also managed to preserve remains of the old Arabic baths on its interior.

In the surrounding areas of the municipality, many archaeological remains have been found dating back to Roman times, the most stand-out feature being the bridge, called La Puente, from where one can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the area. However, there are even more remains left over from Arabic times which are very evident. The structure of the narrow and steep streets is a clear example, as well as the remains of the Nazrid fortress in the Cerra de la Cruz and of the Muslim ´morabito´ in the Cruz de Arriba.

The Spa was built in 1877, coinciding with the Golden Age of bathing at a spa. It was here, then, where families from all over the province of Almeria came to socialise as it became the main point of social activity in Alhama de Almería. Just like in other Andalucian baths, they staged dances, literary meeting and conferences, and other leisure and cultural activities.

Another of the emblematic buildings in de Almería is the Café La Tertulia, which was constructed at the beginning of the 20th Century by a group of ´parraleros´ (workers). It was at this time when the town had particular significance due to its production of grapes. Inside, you can see grand lamps and venetian mirrors.

Also of interest are the Huerta Rosalía or the House of Nicolás Salmerón, which is located at the entrance of the town and which today, in part, is home to the Parque Municipal de Alhama (Alhama park); and the Casa de Don Melchor Rodríguez, another example of a nineteenth century stately home dating back to the end of 18th Century.

The Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari and the San Antonio Chapel are particularly interesting religious buildings.


Those who want to taste the stand-out gastronomic delicacies in Alhama will have to try the cold meats, consisting mostly of pork, migas (fried breadcrumbs made from flour or bread), pucheros de trigo (stew), fritada de conejo con pollo (fried rabbit with chicken) and gachas with fish broth.


The most popular celebrations here take place during the start of December for the patron celebrations of San Nicolás de Bari and the Inmaculada Concepción; at the end of July for the Fiestas de Verano; and for the San Marcos and Cruces de Mayo celebrations.

How To Get There

Alhama is located 25 kilometres from the city of Almería , from where you can exit along the A-92 and link onto the A-348 via the N-340a, which takes you directly to your destination.

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