Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

Balneario De Tolox

Healing waters in the Sierra de las Nieves – Balneario de Tolox


Yesterday, seeing the effects of the devastating wildfire was exhausting and draining.  By the time we got back to the Cortijo I realised I was in shock; I felt very emotional.

But a lovely plate of pasta, bottle of wine, and dairy milk really helped take the edge of things!

Balneario de Tolox Andrew Forbes

This morning I wanted to immerse myself in nature again and just feel good. So we headed to nearby Tolox, in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural park.

The mountain village has an historic spa and hotel.

The thermal spa was founded in 1869 and the low mineralised water is said to be very therapeutic. The spa source is called ‘Amargosas’, after ‘amarga’ meaning bitter although the water is tasteless! Here they specialise is offering inhalation treatments.

Balneario de Tolox  Fuente Andrew Forbes

The popularity of the spa led to the creation of a simple hotel and I’ve always wanted to explore the property.

The Balneario de Tolox is in the authentic medical spa style that is common here, similar to the Balneario de Alhama de Granada I wrote about a few months back.

I’ve always wanted to explore the property. The main building, dating back to the 1870s surrounds a hundred year old cyca revolute and offers newly renovated accommodation, together with a charming annexe. The restaurant and public areas are in a 1950s building echoing US lodge architecture.

Balneario de Tolox Renovated Andrew Forbes

There’s also a period chapel, where mass is celebrated at 7pm each Sunday.

Hotel del Balneario
Extramuros s/n, 29109 Tolox (Málaga)



If you continue up the hill, you reach the Cerro de Hijar mountain hotel, offering views as far as the coast. It’s a great base for hiking in the mountains, and right by is a new route, ‘La Rejia’.

Sendero 'La Rejia' near Tolox, Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park

I wrote about Tolox back in Easter here. There are lots of 4 x 4 routes too – details here.

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