Set in the tranquil and rural landscape between Manilva and Casares, Hedionda Roman baths are the remains of the ancient bathhouse which dates back to the 1st century BC. The structure is still available for use today, free of charge. The remains of the underground bathing facility consist of two chambers – a smaller outer chamber and a much bigger inner chamber.
Roman baths are not very popular among tourists and most of the time the place looks almost abandoned. However, during hot summer weekends you will find there lots of locals taking advantage not only of the healing properties of the water, but also of the curative mud scrapped from the popular mud wall.
Follow in Julius Caesar’s footsteps
According to the ancient sources, the sulphurous spring was very popular among both Romans and Arabs. One of the old stories holds that Julius Caesar himself took to the waters on a regular basis to cure himself of a skin infection when he was a governor of southern Spain.
Canuto de la Utrera and Charco del Infierno/Diablo are two spectacular walking routes available for tourists near the Roman baths. The first one takes you into a valley-gorge with beautiful limestone rock formations on both sides. Because of the unusual rock forms, Sierra de Utrera is called by some people ‘small Torcal de Antequera’. The second route leads along the Rio de Manilva, and a couple of times across the river, to a charming swimming pond with a waterfall. It is possible to connect both routes into one 8 km long circular route.
Charco del Diablo near Manilva
From the coastal A7, take a turn inland at the Lidl roundabout in Sabinillas. Follow the Camino los Baños road. Just before the road passes under the highway bridge, turn slightly to the right on a dirt track. After 200 meters, you will find a small parking space on the left, opposite the old Los Alamos restaurant. Continue on foot until you reach Baños De La Hedionda. The Roman Baths are also easily accessible from the A7 highway.
The sleepy town of Alhama de Granada, located only 60 kms south-west of Granada, is beautifully located on the edge of a limestone gorge – that’s why the town is sometimes called ‘Little Ronda’! From the remaining sides the ancient village offers great views of wheat and olive fields and far off views of stunningmountain ranges.
Alhama de Granada is famous for the Balneario – ancient hot Arab baths in the spa-hotel located in the vicinity of the village. The thermal springs are especially recommended for rheumatic diseases and problems with respiratory tract. Also worth seeing in the village is the 1st century Roman Bridge, several churches including Parish or Mayor Church of Santa Maria de la Encarnacion and Conventual Church of Carmen. Have stroll around the town to discover more historic buildings. One of the recommended walking routes is a hike through the gorge. In the Los Tajos gorge, you can find some free thermal pools.
If you are travelling from Malaga to Granada short detour to Alhama is a must. If healing properties of the spa waters is what interests you, a weekend visit or longer is recommended. Try to avoid coming in July and August when the heat can be a problem.
A 15 min drive away from Alhama de Granada, you will find the beautiful vast Bermejales reservoir with sandy beaches, great water quality and amazing conditions for swimming or kayaking – much recommended as well for a summer family day!
Free of environmental pollutants organic honey is a healthier version of the honey found in your supermarket. That’s because theflowersthat the bees get the nectar from has not been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals. Organic beekeepers make sure that the hives are located in wild areas.
Taken straight from the honey barrels, raw honey, on the other hand, can be easily identified by its texture. This unprocessed honey is almost solid at room temperature. Unlike most honey products available in many commercial stores, raw honey is much more beneficial for your health. It has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It also stabilizes blood pressure, blood sugar, prevents cancer and heart disease as well as increases your immunity.
If organic and raw honey is what you are looking for, see the list of our recommended honey manufacturers in Andalucia:
Popular honey shops in Andalusia
1) Honey from Rancho Cortesanonear Jerez de la Frontera – it is our number one choice for the best quality organic and raw honey available in Andalucia. Located on the outskirts of a small village Cuartillos, only 10 km east of the centre of Jerez centre, Rancho Cortesano has become a real kingdom of top quality organic Andalusian honey. Their store offers a wide range of honey products at very competitive prices.
Orange blossom honey, Thousand Flowers Eco honey, Royal jelly honey, Bee polen, Honey with nuts, various sweets and natural cosmetics based on honey are just some of the many healthy products available in the store. Rancho Cortesano boasts beautiful Honey museum which you can access for free. The customers can also take advantage of a great restaurant and various kids activities available there. Visit their site here.
2) Honey Museum and Honey Store in Colmenar, north of Malaga, is another great place where you can buy top quality honey and learn some interesting facts about honey and bees. Museo de la Miel is located in a small remote mountain village of Colmenar, 15 kms north of Malaga. You can find the place in the very city centre, just opposite Oficina de Correos. For centuries, Colmenar has been well known in Andalucía for beekeeping. In 2010, the village opened a museum which boasts some absolutely great displays and exhibits.
The museum and the store are opened from Monday till Friday from 10:00 till 14:00 in the morning, and from 15:00 till 18:00 in the afternoons. It’s closed on weekends. The entrance fee is only 2€ per person.
3) Puremiel in Prado del Rey east of Cadiz. Top quality organic and raw honey products such Arbutus Honey of The Natural Park Los Alcornocales, Oax trees honey, Lavender honey, Forest honey with mountain flavour or honey with almonds. There is much more in their store. Visit their website here.
4) Miel Fuente del Sol, based in Alhaurín el Grande near Málaga, offers a fantastic range of good quality organic honey products including: Miel Thousand Flowers, Miel Romero, Miel Azahar, Miel Eucalyptus, Miel Thyme, Miel Forest, Royal jelly, Pollen, Wax. You can access their page here.
5) Tierra Verde is a company producing organic food in Andalucia. They cooperate with small local farmers in Andalucia who farm organically. In their wide offer that includes organic goat’s cheese or organic olive oil, you can also find great quality Organic Holm Oak honey or Organic Honey with Walnuts or Almonds. Tierra Verde is based in the UK, but you can order their products online. Visit their site here.
6) Good quality organic honey can be found in many health shops in Andalusian cities including Malaga, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Huelva or Cadiz. For example, Medievo Granada in Granada, located just opposite the Cathedral in Granada, is a great spot where you can buy top quality health products including many variations of organic honey. You can also order their products online.