The meaning of the name of our hotel “Alavera de los baños” is literally “ just in the side of Hammam”, and we are door with door to the best preserved Arabic bath in whole Spain. The 13th century Arab baths of Ronda.
In medieval times, this area, outside the walls of the medina, was much more lively than today. It was the Jewish quarter, with street markets, a lot of crafts. The anteroom to the official entrance of the city.
Before entering through the main door of the medina, people bathed as a habit of antiquity hygiene and relaxation, dating from the famous Roman bath. The Muslims, as a fantastic water engineers, drew water from nearby “Arroyo de Las Culebras (Little river named snakes for its form), that flows into the Guadalevín river, which forms the part of the Gorge of Ronda. And used in the baths that consisted of three rooms (Hot, steam and cold).
The Arab Baths of Ronda are the best preserved of the Iberian Peninsula, although they have been buried and forgotten among mud for centuries. Thanks to an excavation, we can enjoy now this historical monument. Inside there is an audiovisual recreation that helps us to transport to the Muslim era in Spain.
For who wants to enjoy more sensory, on the other side of our hotel, we have the Hammam in actual version.
“Aguas de Ronda“ Our neighbor in the other hand. The current Hammam.
Aguas de Ronda is a spa where you can enjoy 5 pools of different temperatures, hot beds and various massages in an Al Andalus environment. The Arabic decoration invites you to relaxing ambient including a Jacuzzi on the outside terrace, overlooking the countryside. And it is also next to Hotel Alavera de los Baños