The town of Alhama in the fertile heart of the Poniente Granadino offers history dating from Roman times through Moorish reign and up to modern days. Alhama is very attractive, traditional, bustling and precariously positioned running along the edge of an enormous limestone gorge, Los Tajos. Along the bottom of the gorge runs the Rio Alhama and nearby hot springs gurgle into four thermal pools next to the river. The town has grand, imposing Medieval architecture and lively bars surrounding attractive squares. Surrounding Alhama are soft, pastel shaded rolling hills, attractive small villages and stunning views extending to looming mountain ranges.
The medieval Church of the Encarnacion was built on the grounds of the Great Mosque and its imposing silhouette stands proud of the town. The museum inside the church houses a priest's vestment hand-embroidered by Queen Isabella. Other historical and architectural highlights include a Roman bridge, the pink-walled Moorish fortress, the gothic Inquisition House, the 13th century Il Posito (the old synagogue) and the Renaissance Hospital of La Reina. West of the steep and narrow streets of the Arab district the town’s character changes and there are many fine townhouses and two pretty squares where Spanish families promenade in the pleasant coolness of the mountain evenings. Enjoying complimentary tapas with your drink is a great local tradition and there's lots of choice. Typically, you could be served crusty bread with the local cured ham or cheese, grilled mushrooms with garlic, slices of pork or lamb with mayonnaise served in a little bun, langoustines, calamares and monkfish, olives, spanish tortilla - the list is endless!
Alhama is a great town for strolling around as there is lots to enjoy in the traditional whitewashed houses with their terracotta tiled roofs and shaded terraces. Often you can hear the trickle of running water from the many fountains, sounds of flamenco drifting down from balconies and catch glimpses of the beautiful pastel shades of the landscape beyond the town.
In the new part of town, La Joya, there is an outdoor swimming pool with a little bar and pleasant grassed and shaded area which is open in the summer months – a perfect spot for relaxing after a heavy day’s sightseeing! Also in this part of town there is a bustling market every Friday. You can pick up local crafts such as pottery, basketware and embroidered or crocheted goods. To stock up for your stay you'll find a great choice of fresh fruit and vegetables, all of which is grown locally.
Alhama is perfectly situated, close enough for: an easy day or weekend trip to the splendid cities of Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga; the sea air of the attractive coastal towns of Nerja and Almunecar; and the striking and exhilarating mountain regions of the Sierra Nevada and the Sierras Alhama, Tejeda and Almijara which offer great walking and wintersports. The area has so much to offer you can easily spend quite some time here unwinding and exploring, at any time of the year.
WHERE IS ALHAMA AND HOW DO I GET THERE? The city of Malaga is approximately 1 and a quarter hours and Granada is about 45 minutes drive from Alhama. Ryanair fly to Granada from Liverpool and London Stansted. Easyjet fly to Malaga from Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, London(all airports), Newcastle, Nottingham, East Midlands and Glasgow. Monarch fly from Scotland.