Yesterday I went on a spontaneous trip with people I met on Couchsurfing to the beautiful small town called Alhama de Granada. I am absolutely sure the internet and the pictures you’ll find there do not reflect the reality you’ll see with your own eyes. I’ve already fallen in love with the sign symbolizing entering to the town. Alhama is one of the places for those tourists who’s trying to know the further history of Spain. To be honest, I expected different views and smaller city, but what I’ve seen took my breath away!
Alhama is located in the Granada province, about 60 kilometers southwest of Granada city. Thanks to the hilly terrains and the fact that the town is surrounded by mountains, the summer climate is prepared for good temperatures at night and very cold winters. In the evenings wind helps to fall asleep, although I can’t imagine winter.
Balneario - SPA
The town is famous for its Arab thermal baths – Balneario – embedded in the remains of the Roman baths (arabic name: al-Hama). The evolution of the city begins at the end of the 9th century with a Roman settlement located in today’s baths area. The first documents of the town’s existence are dated to the Neolithic period, after archaeological remains found in Cuevas de la Mujer, del Agua and de los Molinos, as well as in settlements located close to the river El río Alhama.
Alhama de Granada was not a known place. It was a very forgotten small city, but achieved great historical significance during the reign of the Nasrid Kingdom. The rulers of Granada kept their treasures there. The city around XIVth century became one of the most precious pearls of the Kingdom of Granada and also one of the most desirable pieces of land for the army commanded by Catholic monarchs.
The region was taken over by the army of Catholic kings on February 28, 1482. It was revenge, retaliation against the attack for Zahara de la Sierra, which I mentioned in the history of Granada. Alhama suffered greatly during all these Catholic wars and after in the hands of the French armies.
Immediately after the conquest of the city, mosques were replaced with the churches. City gained new buildings in accordance with the new and bureaucratic structure of administration. Nowadays, people live on the hill. The region became very popular around the world. This is all what I’ve learn about this wonderful town. I’m sure there’s more I can gain next time. I will return one day to walk in the well-known roads along El Río Alhama, feel the winter, see the stars and talk to local people. I can’t wait for the second try!
I highly recommend tapas place named „El tigre”.