You will find baths with different temperatures, like in the Al-Andalus times, hopping from one pool to another. Massages are optional and a great way to take a break from stressful travelling.
A great plan for this winter
The official tourist train service of Granada City Tour recommends you an attractive plan for this winter. Have you ever had de opportunity of relaxing in traditional Arabian baths in Granada? Do not miss this opportunity and get in one of our Hop-On Hop-off trains, which will take you to the area where they are placed.
History of Arabic baths or hammams
It is not unusual that cities with a historical and cultural past influenced by the Arabic presence (for more than 800 years) place a great number of Arabic baths or hammams. Their origin is in the Middle Ages, when, on the one hand, personal care and hygiene were minor worries in society. Houses, for example, did not have water supply. On the other hand, water, for the Arabic world, meant knowledge and purity. That is why the biggest cities of Andalusia had many public baths. In the Muslim Cordoba, for example, there were more than 600 and they were considered as a meeting and social discussion point.
Even the origin of the hammams is in the Middle Ages, the Arabians were inspired by the ancient Roman and Greek baths regarding to the use of water as a therapy for health and wellness. At that time benefits of water vapours and massages were already known; it was known that water vapours open skin pores, help natural exfoliating, reactivate respiratory tract, reactivate blood circulation, relax muscles and clear your mind.
The Arab Baths are one of the most important historic and architectural aspects of Granada, as they are symbolic evidence of the city’s religious turmoil all those centuries ago. The baths were built by the Muslims because they believed water was a symbol of purity, and so used it to cleanse their bodies, whilst the Christians, on the other hand, believed this to be decadent and heathen behaviour, and so had the majority destroyed, with only a ‘few left remaining. It’s easy to forget how important the baths were in Moorish life: they were a key focal point for social activity, second only to the mosque. They help to give us a glimpse into day-to-day life in Arab-era Granada.
Relax physically and mentally
Take advantage of your visit to Granada and take your time to relax physically and mentally at any of the Arabic baths you can find all over the city centre. At the street Carrera del Darro you will find many hammams to relax. You will also find this charming baths between Plaza de la Trinidad and Plaza de Gracia.