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Last updated: 19 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Of all the Moorish memories in Andalusia, the baths are one thing you can truly experience as the locals did centuries ago. 

The Arabs learned about baths from the Romans, and built them throughout Andalusia, but the Christians of the Reconquista thought cleanliness was sinful and closed them down. In 1998, they began to reopen, first in Granada; others have been newly built in historic buildings, and recreate them in spirit.

Each offers the ancient Arabic bath ritual in alternating cold, warm and hot pools, as well as extra massage options, including classic Moroccan exfoliating kessa essential oil massage and black soap scrub on a hot stone.  

Price from: £15
Minimum age: 8
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 1-3 hours

Getting there & doing it

Sessions (book online) generally last 90 minutes, and are open to men and women; bring a swimsuit and don’t plan a big activity afterwards; you’ll feel so relaxed you may just want to sleep.

When to do it

Hammams are generally open all year round seven days a week, from around 10am until midnight. 

Soothingly low-lit large pool inside the Hammam
Experience

Aire Ancient Baths

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Set in a 500-year-old Mudejar palace, offering a vast range of experiences and rituals, including a wine bath. Afterwards, relax in the rooftop pool. The night visits are especially magical, and a great antidote to jetlag.

Best for ages: 18+ | £20 | 1-3 hours

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A visitor bathing in a large rectangular bath inside the Hammam
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Aljibe de San Miguel

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Atmospheric, Arab-style baths by Granada cathedral, with a hammam, aromatherapy treatments and exceptional massages including al-hakam, a full-body coating of warm chocolate, pepper and cinnamon.

Best for ages: 10+ | £22 | 1-3 hours

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Stone hammam beds under arches beside the bathing pool
Experience

Hammam Al Andalus

Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain

Next to La Mezquita, a small hammam in a traditional Andalusian brick, tiles and garden setting. The massages are excellent including the hot stone bed option; it’s so relaxing your two-hour slot will seem to fly by. Book online here.

Best for ages: 18+ | £29 | 1-3 hours

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Interior of the dimly-lit hammam, showing candle-lit pool
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Hammam Al Andalus

Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

A monumental, atmospheric complex of inviting pools that resembles a movie set, with a steam sauna and hot table, and 30-minute massages on offer. Client numbers are strictly limited so be sure to book online.

Best for ages: 10+ | £30

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