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Wellness of Yore


There’s no dearth of options in Spain; whether you want to savour platefuls of Paella, or party the night away in Ibiza, this European nation has the key to all your woes. Andalusia, located in the southern coastal region of Spain, is one such wellness haven. Blessed with natural diversity, and replete with a rich historic heritage, this region allows you to recharge your batteries the way Caliphs did.

Keeping the tonality of all things natural consistent, glimpses of these environs are visible in Malaga. The Tolox complex, which succeeds the Sierra de las Nieves Mountains, is one of the eight places in Andalusia designed as Biosphere reserves. In the heart of the Costa de la Luz, the scenery of the Bahía de Cádiz Nature Reserve and the beaches of Chiclana de la Frontera form an idyllic setting for spa centres.

Even today, a visit to the spas of Granada and Almería allows you to soak in these therapeuti­c waters. Within the confines of the park is the Alpujarras region—an area of small, whitewashe­d villages with an abundance of mineral and medicinal springs for people. It is believed that the therapeuti­c properties of Andalusian waters were known to be enjoyed during the Roman and Moorish times; tinges of which continue to paint southern Spain.

Recreation­s of the typical hammam, swimming pools with different temperatur­es, and exfoliatin­g massages coupled with mint tea are some of the varied possibilit­ies here. The fact that these Moorish baths are usually located in the historic centre of cities like Córdoba, Granada, and Malaga, adds to their appeal, enabling you to transport back to the era of Al-andalus.

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