Exploring the Roman, Moorish and Catholic history of Alhama de Granada, Spain

Alhama de Granada is an old town, located about 1.5 hours drive from Malaga, and about 1 hour from Granada in the south of Spain. The town is built on the side of a gorge, which for many years has provided water, shade and protection to the town. The town has origins at least as far back as Roman times – there is a roman bridge across the river just outside town, and also has significant Moorish and Catholic architecture.

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The town is ideal for wandering around to explore the old buildings and see the sights. It has a really non-touristy feel although there is clearly a significant British ex-pat community in the surrounding areas.

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The town has a good tourist information office in the top square, which can provide a map and point out most of the points of interest.

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A short distance outside of town is a thermal baths, where there is a hotel and spa, or some concrete pools by the river where you can bathe for free. Having a warm bath in the dappled shade beneath tall trees was really peaceful, although the sulphur smell can be strong at times!

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Our other top tips for things to do in the surrounding area include visiting the Sierra Nevada mountains, walking a gorge, visiting Largo Bemejales and going underground at the Nerja caves.

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