Best Hammam and Spa in Granada

Reserve time on your trip to Granada to discover the ancestral ritual of the Andalusian hammam and all its health properties, a magical experience that will awaken your senses!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Best Hammam and Spa in Granada

The interior of Hammam Al Andalus | ©Hammam Al Andalus

Granada is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Its historic center has an endless wealth of monuments and in every corner there is always something fascinating to see.

However, if after so much sightseeing you need a break I suggest you visit the Arab baths of Granada to enjoy a unique hammam experience in a magical place with the essence of the traditional baths of Al-Andalus.

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Granada Hammam Al Ándalus with Massage

Relax with a hammam experience on your visit to Granada

Enjoy a traditional Arabian ritual in one of the most exclusive hammams in the city. Try different relaxing experiences to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.

Located in the old part of the city, this hammam in Granada was the first to open in Spain to recover the tradition of the Arab baths five centuries after their closure following the conquest of the Nasrid kingdom.

The hammam experience begins as soon as you enter the building, as the interior decoration is designed to stimulate the senses and relax the mind. The staff of these Arab baths welcomes visitors with great courtesy and before starting the ritual they will inform you about the different types of pools and their operation, although you can make the tour at your leisure.

In these Arab baths in Granada you will enjoy 1 hour and a half to complete the hammam ceremony and try up to three baths with different temperatures. Then you can enhance your experience by opting for a massage with essential oils for 15 or 30 minutes.

Recommended if... you want to relax after a long day of sightseeing and live a typical Arabian experience of today.

What is the Hammam and why are the Arab baths in Granada recommended?

Inside the baths| ©Wikipedia - Hammamgranada
Inside the baths| ©Wikipedia - Hammamgranada

Besides being an important center of social gathering in the medieval Islamic world, from the East to Al-Andalus, the hammam is mainly a form of steam bath that the ancient Arabs used to relax the mind and cleanse the body.

To feel in your own skin how the hammam ritual was carried out by the ancient Andalusians, a great plan to do during a getaway to the south is to visit the Arab baths of Granada, which have preserved to this day this wonderful ritual.

The secret of the hammam lies in a combination of heat and cold with steam. By means of this contrast of temperatures, abundant benefits are obtained for the body such as reducing stress, relaxing the muscles, eliminating toxins from the skin or improving circulation and breathing, among others. If you are looking for the best, you have it in the Hammam Al Andalus Granada.

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What is so special about Hammam Al Andalus Granada?

Calm and relaxation| ©Logan Stone
Calm and relaxation| ©Logan Stone

If you have never been to the hammam before, this getaway to the ancient Nasrid kingdom can be a great opportunity to do something different and original in Granada.

There are many Arab baths in the city but if you want to experience the authentic hammam ceremony in Granada, I recommend you to visit the Hammam Al Andalus Granada because it is located in an ancient 13th century building at the foot of the Alhambra, where centuries ago an original hammam was located as determined by archaeological excavations. Amazing, isn't it?

Once you enter these Arab baths in Granada you will see that it is not a typical spa but the rooms are characterized by their Andalusian style decoration with Islamic arches, tiles with geometric motifs and beautiful ceilings with starry skylights that allow access to natural light creating a very pleasant intimate atmosphere.

What I like most

If anything fascinated me about the Hammam Al Andalus Granada was the relaxed atmosphere that is perceived among its rooms, where time seems to stop and stillness and silence reign only interrupted by the gentle murmur of water from the thermal pools.

Immersed in this calm atmosphere, the dim candlelight, the perfumed air and the Andalusian music make you feel like a sultana and transport you for a moment to that time of splendor of ancient Al-Andalus.

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What is this hammam ritual like?

Relaxing massage| ©Katherine Hanlon
Relaxing massage| ©Katherine Hanlon

The ritual, step by step

  • To begin with, I advise you to take a warm shower and move to the warm room (36ºC) in order to maintain the same body temperature at the beginning of the session.
  • Then the hot room (39°C) and the Turkish bath (90°C) await you. The action of the heat and steam promotes sweating and dilates the pores, thus eliminating toxins and deeply cleansing the epidermis.
  • The relaxation process continues in the massage area, where you can choose your own massage oil from a selection of rose, lavender, amber or pomegranate essences - a delight for the senses!
  • Finally, in the cold room (18°C), the action of the cold water will activate blood circulation and decongest your muscles.
  • Once out of the water, you can rest to recover your usual temperature while sipping a delicious mint Moorish tea. You will leave the hammam very relaxed, with a feeling of lightness in your body and peace in your mind.

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Organize your hammam experience in Granada

Church of Santa Ana| ©Matt Kieffer
Church of Santa Ana| ©Matt Kieffer

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

Since places are limited and the hammam in Granada is an activity in high demand, I advise you to make your reservation as soon as possible.

How does the reservation work?

You will receive confirmation within 48 hours after booking, depending on availability. Once you have chosen the service and time you prefer , you will have to contact the local provider to confirm the exact start time of your experience in this hammam in Granada.

Where is the hammam?

The hammam Al Andalus Granada is located at the foot of the Alhambra and behind the church of Santa Ana, in Santa Ana street 16 next to Plaza Nueva.

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Frequently asked questions

Relax in their pools at different temperatures.| ©Haley Phelps
Relax in their pools at different temperatures.| ©Haley Phelps

When will I receive the massage?

The massage time is included in the hammam ritual. You can receive it at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the tour. This way you don't have to worry about when it's your turn, you only have to worry about enjoying yourself!

Are children allowed?

This hammam in Granada allows children between the ages of 6 and 17 to enter, provided they are accompanied by an adult who must sign a disclaimer form. Children under 6 years old are not allowed in the Arab baths.

The Arab baths are spaces for rest and relaxation of body and mind. Their thermal pools are not recreational pools, so during the hammam ritual you are required to speak quietly to maintain a calm atmosphere.

What to bring to the Arabian baths?

You will only need to wear your bathing suit. The hammam is entered barefoot but, if you wish, you can buy latex booties at the reception to use them inside the baths as the use of pool shoes is reserved for the changing rooms.

This hammam in Granada provides a towel to dry off and in the changing rooms there is everything you need to get ready after the bath: shampoo, conditioner, gel, hair dryer and lockers to store your personal belongings.

Should I wear a bathing cap to the hammam?

It is not necessary, but clients with long hair are asked to tie it up in a bun or ponytail.

Can I take pictures inside the Arab baths?

In order to maintain the privacy of all visitors to the hammam, the use of video or photo cameras is not allowed.

Can I eat or drink inside the hammam?

The only beverage you can drink inside the hammam is mint tea and water, which is available to guests in the relaxation area. As for food, it is not allowed to eat inside the hammam.

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Besides visiting the Arab baths in Granada, what else can I do in the city?

The Alhambra| ©Dimitry B
The Alhambra| ©Dimitry B

There are few places more beautiful and charming than Granada to enjoy an unforgettable getaway. A city full of dreamy corners for its enormous beauty and its long and interesting history.

Sierra Nevada and the Alhambra are its most popular attractions, but not the only ones. If you want to discover all that the ancient Nasrid kingdom has to offer during your vacation, don't miss my article what to see and do in Granada, you'll fall in love!