One of the public Arab baths oldest and best preserved of Spain
El Bañuelo, one of the public Arab baths oldest and best preserved of Spain, opens its doors on the Carrera del Darro, opposite the remains of the bridge of the Cadí.
Built in the XI century, at the time of the Taifa Zirí, other authors cite it with the name of Bath of the Palaces or Bath of the door of Guadix.
It was the hammam al-yawza, the bath of Nogal, which gave service to the Axares neighborhood, the low Albaicín. The inhabitants were coming to him to wash themselves, to cut the hair, to shaving, to receive massages, as well as serve as a meeting place.
It remained open after castilian conquest and until the king Felipe II decided its closing because considered it was a sinful place. Through a house remodeled in the Christian epoch we can access to the dependences of these installations: changing room, cold room, warm room and hot room, where the temperatures increase gradually.
The central and biggest room it’s the warm one, there are galleries on three sides, formed by horseshoe arches resting on columns with capitals. All the baths are covered by vaults with skylights, star-shaped and octagonal, which provided light and ventilation, creating a soft and cozy environment. It’s opened and closed to regulate the steam inside the chambers.
In Granada existed until a total of 21 baths scattered through the different neighborhoods of the city.
September 15 - 30 April: From Monday to Sunday from 10:00h to 17:00h.
May 1 to September 14: From Monday to Sunday from 9:30 - 14:30 and 17.00-20.30.