5 Awkward Questions about Hammams in Andalusia Answered

As a solo traveller, I like to do girlie stuff when I travel. I like to see as much as possible, but also splurge on a bit of indulgent luxury. One of those luxuries is going to the hammam or a spa. But what is it like in another country? On my road trip through the most southern province of Spain I visited the hammam in Granada and the hammam in Cordoba. I’m here with some answers to those awkward questions you’re afraid to ask about the hammams in Andalusia.

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.

Read more: Kessa Massage in Granada Spain.

I was invited by Hammam Al Andalus in Cordoba and Granada, so my experiences and answers are based on the hammams in Andalusia of Hammams Al Andalus. All opinions are my own as usual.

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.
Welcome at the hammam in Cordoba

#1. What to wear in the hammams in Andalusia?

In the Netherlands, it is perfectly normal to go to a Spa or Sauna and be naked. Butt naked like a baby. Some saunas and spa centres have bathing suit days, but this is explicitly mentioned when booking.

There is no harm in turning up to a spa or hammam and leave the bathing suit in the bag or not go in if you don’t feel like it. But you can put yourself in an awkward situation if you turn up without a bathing suit and you have to wear one. Oepsie…

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.
How I look in a bathing suit?

In the hammams in Andalusia you have to wear a bathing suit. Girls can wear a bikini or a swimsuit; guys can wear long or short swimming gear. If you’re visiting the Andalusian hammams on a spur of the moment, you can always rent a bathing suit for €1,50. They are not very fashionable but they allow you to enjoy the hammam in Granada or Malaga without packing your swimsuit.

#2. Are the hammams in Andalusia mixed?

In Turkey and Morocco, you have female hammams that are separate for ladies. No men allowed here. In the hammams in Andalusia, like Cordoba or Granada, the baths are mixed.

This way, you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your loved one or with friends. The dressing room and showers are separate per gender. So make sure to pack your stuff in separate bags as you cannot share them in the dressing room.

#3. Do you have to book a massage with your visit to the Andalusian hammam?

You can search on the website of Hammam Al Andalus for different types of massages, but it is not mandatory to book a massage with your visit to the Hammam.

You can easily enjoy the pools and steam sauna without getting a massage. Lying in the warm and hot pool is a great way to relax and you can always leave early if you don’t feel like floating around any longer.

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.
A massage can be so relaxing and indulgent when you travel

I can, however recommend the massages because they are really good and after all the walking around cities like Cordoba and Granada; it feels luxurious to have somebody massage your legs!

I had the regular massage with lavender oil and I enjoyed a traditions Kessa Scrub massage. I’ll talk about this some more soon! Join the mailing list to be one of the first to be notified when the post is live.

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like the Food Tour in Malaga I took

#4. Can I bring my own food and drinks to the hammam in Granada?

It is not allowed to bring your own food or (alcoholic) drinks to the hammam in Granada or the other hammams of Andalusia. Please leave your picnic basket as home.

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.
Dried peaches, plums and other sweet delicious treats

There is mint tea available in the waiting area with some dried fruits. You can have some tea in the areas around the baths too so you won’t go thirsty. If you spent a lot of time in the warm water and sauna of the hammams in Andalusia it is always a good idea to drink to stay hydrated.

More things to do in Córdoba in one day.

#5. What is it like to visit a hammam in Andalusia ?

To be honest, I felt a bit nervous for my first visit to the hammam in Cordoba. Would I make a huge mistake because I might not understand the etiquette or the explanation? Would people be staring at me for showing my body in a swimsuit?

Luckily, it turned out I had nothing to worry about. In the plane to Spain, I suddenly realized I forgot to pack my bikini! Major panic! It is not easy to find a fitting bikini in the Netherlands or online, so how was I ever to find a (cheap) fitting bikini in Spain? With all the nice slim ladies walking around at the Andalusian beaches, they might have enough swimwear, but would it fit me too?

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.
Everything is nice and dark so nobody will notice what you wear.

Nervous about my body image

In Ronda, I found a plain bathing suit for only €10. I figured as I didn’t like anything I would be buying, it might as well be super cheap as I probably was never going to wear it again.

But as it turned out: nobody cares anything about the way you look when you visit the hammams in Andalusia. Totally in mysterious Arab style, the hammam in Cordoba was dimly lit, nothing but candles flickering around the pool. I didn’t wear my glasses, so I couldn’t even see it when people would look at me in my ugly bathing suit!

The pools are so nice and warm, you want to stay in them the whole time and when walking between the baths, a hammam towel is provided. So if you’d like to, you can cover up your body a bit.

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.
The warm water pool in the Hammam of Granada

But nobody really cares though. People are either getting a massage so they are face down on the massage table, or they are minding their own business and don’t even notice you.

I really liked all the services provided like shampoos and moisturisers. They provide a hammam cloth and a towel after your massage. You really don’t have to bring anything to the hammam besides your bikini or swimsuit as everything is provided.


Have you ever been to any of the hammams in Andalusia? What are your experiences with visiting an hammam abroad? Leave any awkward question in the comment section below, and I’ll do my best to answer them!

If you visit the hammams in Andalusia, it will be different than at home. I share the answers to the awkward questions uour afraid to ask about the hammam in Granada and Cordoba.
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  2. I went to the one in Cordoba too during my last night in the city. I booked the evening dip. Amazing! It was the perfect end to an amazing roadtrip. They also have student (and other form of) deals worth checking out. And these are not only in the south of Spain, to my very happy surprise they do have one also in Madrid!! YAY! Definitely a worthy experience 🙂

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  4. I’m still trying to figure out what a hammam IS 😛 we don’t have anything like that in the states! It looks sort of like a pool mixed with a spa…? But you said people are getting massages in the same room as the pool!? Do they offer other spa treatments too, like facials and pedicures etc, like most spas in the states? I’m so confused! Your very uneducated readers (me) could use a very basic definition of what a hammam is 🙂

    1. Valid point Lia. A hammam served the function of a bathhouse in the old days. As people didn’t have their own shower or bath, they’d go to the bathhouse/hammam. They have 3 pools (cold, warm and hot) and a steam room to cleanse yourself. After it, a rub or massage was part of the procedure. In modern times, these hammams are still in function but the ones I visited were for relaxing. They have a range of offers like different types of massages and srubs, but no mani-pedi.

  5. Getting my kit off is always something that I’m not comfortable with. I remember being in the baths in Hungary and feeling exactly the same way. Despite growing up around beaches in Australia, I’m just not keen to flash it all out there. I did however learn to get over it when on the beach in Rio and the Greek Islands where people of all shapes and sizes flaunt what they have and are proud of it. And you’re right…everyone is so absorbed in what they are doing that noone ever notices you anyway. Interesting to read about these types of baths too.

  6. I would really recommend going to n authentic Hammam. I went to a locals hammam (as well as others more gear towards tourists) whilst in Morocco. I was certainly an experience with the locals. Everyone was so lovely and helped me understand what the hell I was doing even with the language barrier.
    I would really recommend that you find out the clothing requirements before entering any type of spar. I have been in completely nude mix ones in Germany and Finland, semi nude female only ones in Morocco and swim wear only ones in other places in the world. Tis saves on embarrassment.
    Great post Naomi!

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