Los Baños de Sierra de Alhamilla

A few miles to the north east of Almería is a small village called Los Baños de Sierra de Alhamilla. Why is it called that? Well, it is situated up in the mountains of the Sierra de Alhamilla and it has a hot spring.

The Phoenicians and the Romans were aware of this spring and then the Moors made regular use of the hot water. The Arab geographer Al-Himyari wrote about the spa village: “…a high mountain which has important mineral deposits.. It is also has an extraordinary hot spring that has no equal in Al Andalus by the goodness of its waters, its sweetness, its diuretic virtue, efficacy, and all its healing powers…”.

I can attest to the fact that there must be a hot spring here because there is an acequia with water that is rather warm – it is 58°C apparently.
The Balneario spa hotel is located here and visitors can avail themselves of various health treatments. I prefer just to walk around this pleasant oasis and drink coffee or have a beer in one of the two bars in the village.

view from Los Baños de Sierra de Alhamilla

Robert Bovington


About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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