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In ancient Al Ándalus, the public bath or Hammam was one of the main centres of community life. An activity of a ritual nature, in which bodily hygiene was considered an act of religious purification. However, the bath was also a place for meeting, resting and relaxation.
When in the year 711 the troops of the Omayyad Caliphate from Damascus, originating from the Middle East and North Africa, arrived on the peninsula via Gibraltar, they found the water management technology that had been created by the Romans. Aqueducts, sewers, thermal springs. They soon adopted this engineering, and raised it to previously unseen levels. From this fusion of cultures the Andalusian Hammams emerged, which were very different from the public baths found in the rest of the world.
In medieval Spain there were numerous public baths in the main cities. These were used by both men and women, in strict shifts, from dawn until early evening.
In general, the Andalusian Arab Baths had various areas, such as a dressing area, cold, warm and hot water areas, and the stove area. The main area, which occupied the centre, was the warm area. This was also the largest area, where the people spent the majority of their time.
In the central area, which was accessed via the massage room or steam room, was a place of rest, to have a drink or to hold conversations.
The decor in the areas comprised of geometric patterns, which provided a simple, cosy atmosphere throughout the building. This was added to by the lighting, produced indirectly through various small openings in the ceiling, in the form of stars. Originally covered by coloured glass, they allowed in a soft, nuanced light, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
A unique space within the historical centres of Granada, Cordoba, Madrid and Malaga, creating an atmosphere befitting Andalusian Spain, when the Iberian peninsula was a meeting point for the Muslim, Christian and Jewish civilisations.
We are participants and promoters of an Andalusian cultural heritage, passed on through the centuries and the generations. We have evolved with the resilience provided by roots linking us to our great history and culture.
The waters, perfumes and decor not only transport visitors to the magic of a bygone age. They also provide settings where the visitor can be carried along by the experience, the emotions and the sensations.
The Hammam Al Ándalus business group was founded in 1998, and currently included the Baths in Granada, Cordoba, Madrid and Malaga. The Baths, located in the ancient quarters of these cities, are all different, respecting the culture of the setting, and based on their historical roots: Nasrid for Malaga and Granada, Omayyad for Cordoba, and Mudejar for Madrid.
The Al Ándalus Group facilities are considered to be the highest category in the sector. Their construction, with the use of traditional and latest-generation materials. make the spaces an example of the connection between the most ancient traditions and the most innovative current technologies.
The Baths feature three areas, with waters at different temperatures, giving rise to the names for the various rooms: hot, warm and cold. The steam room, rest room and hot stone room complete the circuit, where it is possible to enjoy our most traditional service, the Al Ándalus Ritual. The client will be transported in time and taken back on a journey to the exotic, sensual land of the mythical Al Ándalus.
Hammam Al Ándalus - Granada
These were the first Arab Baths to be opened in Spain, five centuries after their disappearance, with the expulsion of the last Andalusian Muslims. Located at the foot of the Alhambra, the Hammam Al Ándalus in Granada rescues from our Al Ándalus past the essence of what was the ancient Arab Baths.
The building which houses the Arab Baths dates from the XIII-XIV centuries, and during archaeological excavations water pools were discovered. Both the structure of the building and its proximity to the Santa Ana church suggested that it had been for public use. This discovery led to the belief that the building acquired for the Arab Baths was constructed over an ancient Hammam.
Located just a few metres from the Mosque and the heart of the city of Cordoba, these Baths featuring caliphate architecture were the first to be opened in the capital, and are now one of the true emblems of Cordoba.
As a symbol of the age of the Omayyad Caliphate, Cordoba remains intimately linked with its history. The most emblematic Arab Baths in Cordoba, they enjoy one of the most charming obligatory stops in the city.
Each Hammam Al Ándalus has remained faithful to the setting in which it has been reconstructed. In Cordoba, the warm room is located in the centre, overlooking the group; taking advantage of its location, is was created almost square, and sits beneath a spectacular starred vaulted ceiling, which allows the passage of natural light, and takes us back in time.
It is located above an ancient water reservoir right in the heart of Madrid, in the ancient Arab quarter, which is now the neighbourhood of La Almudena (formerly Almudaina). A place of peace within the frenzy of the city, where the ancient traditions of the Arab Baths retain all their benefits.
Through the simple, cosy Mudejar style, the atmosphere of intimacy and tranquillity is present from the first moment when we submerge ourselves in any of its thermal pools.
All the stress and daily exhaustion is left behind once we cross the threshold of the hammam, and let ourselves be carried along by the stimuli of water and hospitality.
Hammam Andalus opened its doors in Malaga in 2013, following more than ten years studying and creating a detailed, carefully crafted architectural project in the Nasrid style. The chosen enclave is the Plaza de los Mártires, in the heart of the Malaga museums area, in a building which housed an ancient baker's oven located next to the Mudejar tower of the Church of the Holy Martyrs. The detailed decoration in this monumental Hammam is wholly inspired in the age in which Malaga was the port of entry for the Nasrid kingdom in Granada.
The building is a first in Spain, with an energy supply system based on geothermal energy, which sends the water to a depth of 150 metres in order to obtain from the subsoil the ideal temperature for the various thermal baths.