alhama de granada hot springsAlhama de Granada Thermal Springs are just outside this small town, the other side of the mountains behind Nerja. There is a hotel with an open-air swimming pool fed from the springs, which non-residents can use for a fee, and there is also a couple of small rock pools beside the river, fed from the overflow from the springs.

To get there from Nerja, head down the motorway in the direction of Malaga. When you get to the turning for the Eroski take the exit towards Velez-Malaga/Vinuela. Keep going up through the mountains and you will eventually cross into Granada province at the mountain pass. Keep heading towards Granada and drive through Alhama de Granada. Just as you leave the town, you will see a small turning on the left with a brown “Balenario” sign – follow this narrow potholed road along the gorge and you will come to a turning on the right through a pair of gates. Park in the car park and you will see the thermal pools beside the river from the bridge.

Alhama de Granada Thermal Spring
The rock pools themselves are just a ramshackle couple of shallow pools, made from stones piled up around the side. There is also a concrete outlet drain, which people use as a makeshift hot tub. There are empty bottles and items of discarded clothing lying around, so don’t expect a high class spa experience, but on the other hand, it is free.

The hotel pool is opposite the hotel, down a tree lined footpath. If you are not a guest in the hotel you have to pay €8 per person to use the pool, plus €3.50 for a swimming cap. The waters are naturally heated inside the ground and the pool temperatures are around 37ºC.
Alhama de Granada Thermal Pool

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