Balneario Carratraca Spa
Situated in the foothills of Sierra Blanquilla, the small village of Carratraca is known as the Diamond of Malaga and its sulphurous spring waters have been recognised since Roman times as some of the best in the world. Carratraca reached its zenith in the 19th century when it became a popular spa resort amongst the nobility and aristocracy and visitors included illustrious figures of the times such as Lord Byron, Empress Eugenia of Montijo (wife of Napoleon III) and the Prince of Asturias and future King of Spain, Fernando VII, Rainer María Rilke….
This medicinal spa - balneario, in Spanish - is one of the most captivating of the traditional spas in Andalucia.
Late 2007, following an extensive renovation project, the resort has re-opened the doors of these two historic buildings, which were built on royal orders and are considered to be historic monuments by la Junta de Andalucía. The facilities are magnificent, with the 19th century building inaugurated by Fernando VII in 1855 in a neoclassical style with high ceilings and black and white floor tiles. The 'royal' Roman style baths are situated in an outside patio. Cosmetic products are made using water from the spa.
The renovated facilities have been reborn with greater force in a refurbished building adapted to new technology and the needs of modern health tourism.
Former owner Eugenia de Montijo handed over the land for the construction of the spa on the condition that she and her family could have one of the baths for their exclusive use. The spa later became the property of de D. Augusto Casanova, and later Señor José Fuentes y Vida and the Menjulet brothers. Today the Spa is the property of a company called BALNEARIO ROMANO DE CARRATRACA, S.A.
The special properties of the waters and the service in the Spa have earned awards in Málaga, Madrid, Barcelona, and a 'Gold Medal' in Paris.
Carratraca is just half an hour to 45 minutes from Malaga and is situated 541 meters above sea level. Thanks to the five star hotel resort now open in Carratraca, the spa has excellent, world-class accommodation for overnight stays. There are also many small hotels and hostels within easy reach.
The water’s therapeutic properties come from sulphates, arsenical and curative radioactivity as well as high calcium and magnesium levels. People travel from far and wide to enjoy the curative properties of the medicinal waters at Carratraca for ailments such as rheumatic disorders, skin problems, circulation, nervous system and gynaecological conditions.