An authentic mountain village, with a world-class spa. © Michelle Chaplow
Carratraca, an authentic Andalusian mountain village, with a world-class spa.


Carratraca is a a white village tucked away in the Malaga mountains, which is home to one of the original Andalucian medicinal spas. If taking the waters and fresh, mountain air appeals to you, Carratraca could just be the place for you. A country drive through olive and almond groves, past the white village of Alora, its whitewashed houses spread over three hills below the impressive ramparts of Alora Castle. Continue on to Ardales, El Chorro lakes and Teba.

Carratraca, known as the Diamond of Malaga, has been famous for its sulphur water spas since Roman times. In its heyday in the 19th century, when taking the waters was the height of fashionable travel, this spa attracted such famous visitors as Lord Byron and Empress Marie Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. The baths are open from Easter to Late Autumn every year.

Today the spa at Carratraca has been renovated and world class facilities await visitors to the area. For more information, visit our page about the Spa at Carratraca.

Carratraca is also famous for its Easter passion play performed in the bullring by about 140 villagers on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. For a relaxing drink or meal, visit the charming, slightly dilapidated, romantic old hotel, Hostal del Principe, located in the town. Converted from an inn which King Fernando VII of Spain ordered to be built for himself and his retinue in 1830. It has its own connecting corridor leading directly to the baths.

Hotels in Carratraca

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Casa Rural María

Located in Carratraca, Casa Rural María provides accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. With mountain views, this accommodation offers a terrace. The country house comes with 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with garden views.