A Hammam is a bathhouse which, in the height of its popularity, served not only as public baths and a place of rejuvenation, and also as hosts to business meetings and political liaising.Today, baths are places of tranquility and relaxation, are a combination of the hot and cold dipping pools and offer an optional massage. Their decoration is elaborate as well as functional. For example, there are very thick walls to provide maximum insulation, keeping the cold as well as the heat out during the summer. Small ornate holes give light while ensuring privacy.
Granada is fortunate to have what is considered to be one of the most well-preserved remains of a Hammam, called El Bañuelo. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 till 14:00/2pm, entrance is free.
If you want to immerse yourself in a bit of history and relaxation, there are several good options nearby from which to choose. The hotel staff is always happy to help, and you may also pre-book a visit to the Arabic baths before your arrival. Entry usually costs approximately 28 Euros and gives you up to 2 hours in the baths. All bookings are subject to confirmation. Places are limited, so please reserve in advance to avoid disappointment.
TIPS FOR ENJOYING THE HAMMAM:
- A fresh towel is usually provided, but bathers must bring their own swimsuits (or in some cases you can purchase a suit there).
- Alternation between the hot and the cold pools is thought to improve circulation and increase well-being.
- The idea is to not overheat, so moving between hot and cold is key.
- If you have booked a massage, you will be called by the number on your wristband.
- The session usually lasts for about 1.5-2 hours. Capacity is limited.
- Relax and enjoy!