Baños Árabes (Arab Baths)
A hallmark of Granada’s Moorish tradition is its use of water – fountains, pools, trickling streams, and of course the Baños Árabes (Arabic baths). Although it might not reach quite the glorious heights of the Sultan’s own bath (Blind musicians! Dancing girls!), Granada’s Aljibe de San Miguel Arab Baths (San Miguel Hammam) is still a great way to relax after a tough day on the tapas.
A soothing color scheme in yellow and blue, the waft of essential oils, chunky adobe pillars and seven pools with different temperatures will put you in a heavenly state of calm. If any stress lingers, choose some scented oils and treat yourself to an optional massage.
The guided tour of the Alhambra was brilliant, the guide was very knowledgeable and passionate which came over really well. The baths were beautifully relaxing and just right after a day sightseeing. A great experience.
The Alhambra is fantastic and, luckily, there weren't that many people. Our guide was well-informed and had a great personality. Since this was a birthday to myself, I opted for the baths. Certainly worth it. I was a little nervous about how I would know it was my turn for the massage because I was lounging in the sauna and the hot water area - I thought I had missed it. After a half hour of lounging, I asked the guy and he said another 30 minutes. Aaahhhhhh!!!! - more lounging - fantastic. I really enjoyed my day.
The Alhambra is gorgeous and the gardens really set it apart from other historic buildings. I appreciated the information the guide gave to help me appreciate my surroundings. Also, the strict rules about when to see what would have been impossible to decipher without a guide. I'm glad I decided to upgrade to the Arab bath with a massage. It was very relaxing and different from other touristy things. It wasn't crowded and it's unlike any activity in America that I can think of. The baths are separate from the Alhambra and slightly hard to find. It's in an alley further down from the tourist office in Plaza Nueva. The massage lasted about 20 mins. There are lockers when you can change into your swimsuit and store you stuff. No cameras allowed. Also, if you want to freshen up afterwards bring a brush. There are plenty of mirrors, lotions and hair dryers in the locker rooms.
Sessions are mixed, so swimwear is mandatory. If you don’t have a swimsuit you can buy one. The bathing experience lasts for about an hour.