"We finally spot Alhama de Granada!" Top 5 Page for this destination Torremolinos Things to Do Tip by Bwana_Brown
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We were enjoying our drive and taking our time, actually stopping at a secluded roadside olive grove to have a 'picnic' in our car (see 'Restaurant' tips) before continuing to Alhama de Granada. It was past noon when we finally saw our main target on this little drive, looking very interesting with its typical white buildings crowded together in beautiful countryside.
The town has a long history, so long that even the Romans had built thermal baths in the deep river gorge forming a natural boundary along one side of the city. Following Spain's fall to the Moors in the early 700s, the new rulers were very impressed with the baths and built a few of their own, including improvements to the Roman baths. In addition, a typical Moorish castle was built to defend this strategic location between coastal Malaga and their capital city of Granada, only about 50-km further inland. Alhama de Granada finally fell to Christian forces in 1482 as they continued their successful drive south to reconquer the entire Iberian Peninsula. Both photos give a glimpse of the huge, light brown fortified tower of Iglesia de la Encarnacion, built by the Spanish on the site of the Grand Mosque and still providing a visual landmark for the town.
We had been suitably impressed by the world-famous gorge at Ronda eight days earlier, so were anxious to see if the one located at Alhama de Granada was as spectacular as it was reported to be!
Directions: Not too far southwest of Granada
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