Health & Beauty - Traditional Spas in Andalucia

Traditional medicinal spas operate across the region, and are generally visited for healing. If you're in good health they can be visited, for rest, relaxation and curiosity but the discerning tourist is more likely to feel at home in the pampering surroundings of the modern beauty clinics and spa resorts.

These traditional Spa are long established and are located at the source of natural spring waters. They are classified as either sedative or stimulant depending on the mineral content of their waters.

Sedative waters are typical used to treat respiratory, heart and circulatory problems as well as nervous disorders. Waters described as stimulating seem to improve the skin and help with depression. Both types of water, when warm, are recommended for rheumatism and arthritis sufferers.

Climate is another factor to keep in mind when searching for a spa. "For example, problems with arthritis improve in a mild, dry, sunny climate that isn't too windy and not at too high an altitude," Doctor María Elena Fernández recently told reporters from Salud Magazine in a recent spa special. "Respiratory problems get worse in cold, dry conditions. Heart conditions worsen with altitude and lower atmospheric pressure." For this reason she recommends carefully taking climate in account and striving to find a spa that matches ideal mineral content with the perfect geographical and weather conditions.

Finally, it is imperative that any spa you visit for medical purposes has qualified doctors on site, who can prescribe the most effective use of the waters for your particular condition.

Below is a list of the eleven Spas which provide a range of medical treatments.

Which Spas?

Rheumatism/Arthritis
San Nicolás, Fuente Amarga, Alhama de Granada ,Graena, Lanjarón, San Andrés, Carratraca

Respiratory
All Andalusian spas, with the exception of Carratraca, offer treatments for respiratory problems.

Kidneys/Urinary Tract
San Nicolás, Lanjarón, San Andrés, Tolox

Digestive System
San Nicolás, Lanjarón, Alicún de Torres, San Andrés

Skin Conditions
Fuenteamarga Chiclana, Graena, Carratraca

Heart/Circulatory System
Alicún de las Torres, San Andrés, Carratraca