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Baths of La Hedionda

Among the most renowned open-air baths in the province are those that date back to Roman times and were later renovated and extended during the Muslim Andalusian period, such as this one in Casares. Nowadays, these baths can be visited and enjoyed, making them a very popular destination on the western side of the Malaga coast. Soaking in these sulphurous waters is a unique experience and these historic complexes, those of La Hedionda, have left a distinctive mark on the area.

Moreover, the intriguing question arises as to whether Julius Caesar may have bathed in these baths, as part of the Roman leader's exploits in Hispania encompass this corner of the Iberian Peninsula, also establishing a connection with Casares, the municipality where these baths are located. This fusion of history and legend adds an extra attraction to the experience of visiting this historic site.

Vilo Baths

It is interesting to note that the 19th century also marked a special period for this particular hot spring, as it attracted the attention of several prominent personalities of the country at the time. The human use of these waters, especially beneficial for skin conditions, dates back at least to the Roman era. The history of the Vilo Baths is fascinating and is marked by a tragic event in 1907, when a flood devastated the facilities and caused the loss of several lives.

Today, one of the bathing pools is still preserved, and part of its surroundings has been restored and beautified. This place offers a refreshing oasis and is an excellent option for an excursion where you can experience multiple facets: nature, history and gastronomy. Periana is a village that invites enjoyment in various aspects.

Fuente Amargosa Spa

In the vicinity of the Sierra de las Nieves and surrounded by multiple options for enjoyment in an enchanting natural environment, is Tolox, a beautiful village in Malaga that stands out for its renowned spa, which has recently reopened its doors. Since time immemorial, the Agua Amargosa spring has been used for human wellbeing, being a constant companion in Tolox's population history. However, in the 19th century, a local pharmacist decided to investigate in depth the properties of these waters and confirmed that the small quantities of gas present in the water were beneficial for the internal oxygenation of the body and pulmonary circulation, among other qualities.

The spa became famous throughout the country, but sadly, in 1906 it too was devastated by a flood. Today, the spa offers a variety of curative programmes in a location where water plays a key role. It is one of the rare spas where the water is not only used externally, but also for internal consumption.

Tolox Spa

For a long time, a series of fountains and springs known by the locals as ‘amargosas’ were known in the municipality of Tolox, due to their special flavour, which were used by the inhabitants of Tolox to cure a wide range of ailments, by ingestion and bathing.

It was José García Rey, a native of Tolox and pharmacist, who focused his attention on these cures and began a scientific study that led to the exact knowledge of this unique spring. He carried out the necessary work to collect the mineral water and analysed it, cataloguing it under the variegated names of alkaline-brominated, ammonium-sulphurised, crenate-ferromagnesian and crenate-ferromagnesian waters. The spa was opened in 1867. It was destroyed by a heavy flood in 1906 and was rebuilt by Manuel del Rio.

Politicians, artists and bullfighters have been regular visitors since its construction at the end of the 19th century. It also benefits from being located in a privileged spot in the Serranía de Ronda, the so-called Sierra de las Nieves, a short distance from the Pinsapar pine forest.

Characteristics of the water

The water is transparent, colourless and odourless, with a slightly acidic taste, containing dissolved gas, mainly nitrogen or azoe, which is released in the form of tiny bubbles. It emerges at a temperature of 21º C, pH of 9.9 and density of 996.81.

It is a very soft, hypothermal water, with weak mineralisation, the predominant ions being carbonate, bicarbonate, chloride, sodium and magnesium. It was declared of public utility by Royal Order in 1871.

Due to the presence of gas, the spa has specialised in inhalation treatments since ancient times.

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