Andalusia will do you a world of good, especially when you discover its thermal waters, another of its tempting attractions. If you would like to see how the Caliphs looked after themselves, come and try this region's beneficial springs. A visit to the spas and hydrotherapy centres of southern Spain will be an experience to talk about.

Did you know that the spa tourism offering in Andalusia is the third most important in Spain? This is another good reason to come and see this region. If your aim is to enjoy a truly refreshing holiday, one that lets you recharge your batteries, this is the place for you. There are many options to choose from, including some original alternatives. However, Andalusia has much more to offer: not only will it pamper you physically, but its natural diversity and rich historic heritage are yours to discover.

Wellsprings of health and more

The therapeutic properties of Andalusian waters were known and enjoyed as far back as Roman and Moorish times. The spas of Almería, Cadiz, Jaén, Granada and Malaga offer a wide variety of treatments and techniques that will let you take advantage of their beneficial qualities and will leave you feeling renewed. They are places where you will be filled with a sense of wellbeing, enhanced by the nature and culture around you. For example, less than 12 kilometres away from the San Andrés spa in Jaén are the cities of Úbeda and Baeza, whose Renaissance monumental ensembles have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Likewise, in Malaga, just 40 kilometres from the Costa del Sol, is the Tolox complex; if you go there, you will have occasion to pass through the Sierra de las Nieves Mountains, one of the eight places in Andalusia designated as Biosphere Reserves. Meanwhile, in the heart of the Costa de la Luz, the scenery of the Bahía de Cádiz Nature Reserve and the beaches of Chiclana de la Frontera form an idyllic setting for the spa centre.

Springs and Moorish baths

A visit to the spas of Granada and Almería is another alternative to put on your agenda, especially if you like the mountains. If you decide to travel to this area, one of the green spaces that you will be able to visit is the Sierra Nevada National Park. Within the confines of the park is the Alpujarra region, an area of small, whitewashed villages with an abundance of mineral and medicinal springs. As you travel around the Sierra de las Alpujarras Mountains, you will see many springs and thermal baths that have been prepared for public use.

Southern Spain also affords a number of possibilities for hydrotherapy, some particularly unusual. This is the case of the Moorish baths, centres that recreate the decoration and facilities of the typical hamman. You can relax there just as in the days of the ancient territory of Al-Andalus: swimming pools with different temperatures will activate your circulation and leave you ready for an aromatherapy treatment and an exfoliating massage, after which you can savour a delicious cup of minted tea. Their location in the historic centre of cities like Cordoba, Granada and Malaga adds to their appeal, and also enables you to enjoy some of the most emblematic monuments from the era of the Caliphs, such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Alhambra of Granada.

Beauty, health, culture, nature… An attractive combination for an unforgettable holiday. You will find all this in southern Spain, in Andalusia.

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