The town & surrounding area
The spa town of Alhama de Granada is described in the Rough Guide to Andalucia as being “one of the unsung gems of Granada province”. Situated in the heart of Andalucia, Alhama is a lively market town (population 6000) located 54km south west of Granada, in an area known as the Poniente Granadino. The towns history dates back to Roman and Moorish times, with its name taking reference to the Arabic ‘Al hammam’, meaning ‘hot springs’. The natural hot springs are 1km from the town centre, they are free to use and are located in a tranquil, riverside woodland area and should you fancy an evening dip in the waters you may have the great fortune to happen across our dear friend, Paco, practising his flamenco singing down there (most nights at 11ish) as you gaze up at the stars.
Alhama sits precariously along the edge of a breathtaking limestone gorge, which can be walked from end to end, with caves, ruined mills and natural pools in the Alhama river to explore. At the far end of this 30 minute walk you are richly rewarded with a drink or some great local cuisine at either El Ventorro or Pato Loco restaurants, or if that sounds too much like hard work you can have a dip, jacuzzi, steam and massage in the stunning Arab baths situated in enormous caves behind El Ventorro or a swim in the Pato Loco pool.
There’s a diverse range of tapas bars and restaurants all within an easy walk of the house & to our great delight Alhama is in one of the last few remaining pockets of Spain where tapas are still given with every drink ordered - a great way to sample a wide range of local cuisine for free!
Other activities in and around Alhama include cycling, walking, climbing, canoeing, quad biking and horse riding. You can be advised on all of these by English speaking activity organisers based in Alhama or arrange equipment hire and guided excursions.
At between 2100-3300m above sea level, Sol y Nieve (Sun & Snow), the ski resort at the Sierra Nevada, is a great day out and within easy reach of Alhama, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there by car. The resort is the southernmost and sunniest in Europe, with the sun shining an average of 70% of the days within each year. On a clear day you may even catch sight of Africa and the Atlas mountains in Morocco. All equipment can be hired at the resort and classes are provided for all abilities. The ski season usually runs from late November until May.