One of the most relaxing traditions of Arab Spain are the baths, or “hammam” as they are called in Arabic. With so many years of moorish rule and culture, the city of Granada was a natural starting point for the return of this long lost custom.
As the story goes, the traditional Arab bath was banned by Christians as they took over southern Spain. And not surprisingly, to the cultured and hygienic arabs, the Christian invaders were less than clean. Surely it was difficult for those conquered to give up their customary cleansing with water and steam.
In our neighbouring Morocco Arab baths are still the usual manner of cleansing the skin and body. Rather than relying on a quick shower or even a bath, people visit public baths where they can set their personal mat on the tile floor and bask in a steamy environment that makes it easy to exfoliate the entire body with a tiny rough cloth. This is considered to be far superior to the western notion of using soap to simply take off superficial dirt and oil.
Now, in many locations across southern Spain Arab style baths are opening to the public. Granada was the first to return the tradition to the area and offers some of the most luxurious facilities in the region. In addition to the traditional steam rooms, these also offer hot and cold treatments and, of course, a variety of relaxing massages.
If you wish to enjoy the pleasures of “hamman” while you are in Granada, be sure to book your place in advance to ensure there is space available during your visit.
Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al ÁndalusArabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus
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Arabian Baths Experience at Cordoba’s Hammam Al Ándalus
Enjoy 1.5 hours of ultimate relaxation at Cordoba’s alluring Arabian baths, Hammam Al Ándalus! The tranquil haven exudes understated Arabian opulence at its finest, with features like candle-lit walkways, thermal plunge pools and a steam room. Relax in the baths, sipping on fresh mint tea, and then make your way to the Aroma Corner for a 15-minute massage. Alternatively, upgrade to a 30-minute massage that includes an exfoliating body scrub.
AIRE Ancient Baths Sevilla Thermal Baths Admission Ticket
Immerse yourself in the sublime serenity of Aire de Sevilla thermal baths. Relax your body and mind in the tranquil ambience of the spa. Disconnect in the soothing water of the pools then indulge in a massage delivered by an expert masseuse. Upgrade to enjoy a 15, 30, 45, 60-minute massage, wine bath experience or olive essence ritual.
Arabian Baths Experience at Malaga’s Hammam Al Andalus
Recline and relax in Malaga’s heavenly Hammam Al Ándalus, a luxurious Arabian baths located near the old Medina. Head inside to unwind and spend 1.5 hours at leisure in the opulently designed thermal baths and steam room. Sip on mint tea, while away time in the baths, and then head to the Aroma Corner for a 15-minute massage or 30-minute massage with an exfoliating scrub. Alternatively, upgrade to a Midra purifying massage that exfoliates and stimulates circulation.