Located at the foot of the Alhambra, and just past Santa Ana Church, sits the tranquil Hammam Al Andalus Granada. This is where after a long day of padding through the Alhambra’s gardens, palace and fortress, you’ll want to rest your tired feet and relax your muscles – just as Granada’s Moors did so long ago.
The Moors didn’t do so precisely in this building, though, which only dates back to the 13th or 14th century. It is believed, however, that this is in fact the site of previous Muslim baths, given its location near the former mosque (now the Santa Ana Church), as well as the water cisterns discovered below the land. What happened to those ancient baths? At the time of the Reconquista, when Granada became occupied by the Christians, it is likely that—along with many other Muslim traditions and sites—these original baths ceased to continue. Instead, its land was used for a future bakery (which resided in the current building).
But today, what you’ll find there is a spectacular recreation of what a hammam in those times might have looked like and how it might have functioned. As such, it consists of various rooms with different-temperature pools, including warm, hot and cold, as well as a steam room, and a rest room where you can sip on traditional Arabic mint tea. During the typical 1.5-hour visit there, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of all of these different areas, as well as enjoy a 15- or 30-minute massage.